Our Impact

For over 50 years, MDC has catalyzed and accelerated equitable change in the South.

For over 50 years, MDC has catalyzed and accelerated equitable change in the South.

Our Impact in 2022

In 2022 we expanded our voice through opinion articles, webinars, and convenings. We built a new digital home and resource for our network. Our team supported leaders working towards increased equity in education, rural prosperity, economic security, and workforce development. We trained, facilitated, and created space for both challenging and necessary conversations—elevating racial and gender equity and highlighting the ways systemic racism prevents equity.


Our 2022 Impact Report provides a closer look at what we were able to accomplish with the support of partners, friends and community who are also working to achieve a more equitable and thriving South. View the report.

From Our Partners

"The convening was really inspirational and very intentional. I was amazed at how...the entire [MDC and foundation] team took our thoughts from the design team meetings and turned them into works of art, literally. Thank you for being an awesome partner in this work!"

Participant, May 2022 Convening of Z. Smith Reynolds’ Collaborative Problem-Solving Grantees

"MDC really helped navigate conflict and power dynamics in a project that involved many organizations and needed to be owned by the community."

Partner, Great Expectations

"[MDC Rural Forward staff] have been instrumental in effecting positive community change throughout our many community organizations. Their assistance has been critical and is directly attributable to the cooperation between our organizations."

Partner, Healthy Places North Carolina