Driving Change

MDC projects over five decades have helped the South improve education, employment and economic security outcomes.


Communities flourish when more people participate.

Yet too many communities struggle with the legacy of racial inequities and other factors that keep households in poverty, with little opportunity to move up the ladder to economic success.

Our approach, developed and proven over 50 years, helps partners and communities come to deeply understand the barriers their residents face and build what we call an “infrastructure of opportunity” that helps those residents thrive.

Let us help you: 

Frame a community agenda
by identifying the barriers your community members face and strategies for moving forward.


Mobilize for systemic change the key leaders in business, government, philanthropy, education and the nonprofit sector with the commitment and influence to drive it.


Demonstrate and test solutions, drawing from our years of experience and rich portfolio of proven tools and approaches to help communities design and test solutions to solve vexing problems.


Scale and sustain what works by aligning resources and creating sustainable civic ecosystems.