MDC brings together foundations, nonprofits, and leaders from government, business and the grassroots to illuminate data that highlight deeply rooted Southern challenges and help them find systemic, community solutions. Our approach, developed over 50 years, uses research, consensus-building, and programs that connect education, employment, and economic security to help communities foster prosperity by creating an “Infrastructure of Opportunity”—the aligned systems and supports that can boost everyone, particularly those who’ve been left behind, to higher rungs on the economic ladder. Since 2003, MDC has worked with place-based community and private foundations to help them refocus their philanthropic program services to address the “upstream causes” of social inequities. To date, MDC has helped foundations refocus more than $1 billion in philanthropic assets.
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