MDC helps communities design, build and test practical solutions to vexing social problems.

We bring particular expertise developing integrated networks that connect low-income families with education, employment, and work, health and income supports so they can overcome poverty and build economic security.

MDC at Work

Career Pathways for a Green South

We used a U.S. Department of Labor education grant to help four southern communities overcome major manufacturing jobs loss by training low-wage and unemployed workers for work in emerging green industries.

NC VetsCorps

We created NC VetsCorps to deploy AmeriCorps members across North Carolina to help build the capacities of front-line community organizations and connect economically vulnerable veterans and military families with legal, food, medical, utility, education, employment and housing resources.

Network for Southern Economic Mobility logo


Based on findings and recommendations in our The State of the South 2014 report, Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity for the Next Generation, we created a network southern communities to develop and implement purposeful policies and systemic practices that bolster prospects for 15-24-year-olds so they can achieve economic resilience as adults and a fulfilling social and civic life.

Working Families Success Network

MDC with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation manages a national network of community colleges delivering integrated services to low-income students.