Programs

  • Nonprofits and community groups will continue to face shrinking funding streams from large donors and grant sources. Our matching grants program helps these groups develop constituent bases capable of providing long-term sustainable financial support. Like individuals and institutions across the globe, F4DC faces a difficult financial environment. This makes leveraging every dollar available for the […]

  • Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows people to participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. We believe in authentic democracy where everyday people join one another on the basis of […]

  • In order to build communities that are democratic, just and sustainable, we need businesses that are rooted in their place and responsive to the communities they serve. We are working with people across the Southeast growing new economies based on these principles through the development of cooperative structures. Our View The economic crisis sparked by […]

  • Building a community renaissance in a food desert In 1998, the Winn-Dixie grocery store on Phillips Avenue in Northeast Greensboro closed, despite being profitable, when the company began to reposition itself across the Southeast. Since that time, the community surrounding the Bessemer Center remained without a full service grocery store capable of meeting its food […]

  • The Southern Grassroots Economies Project (SGEP) is building networks across the US South to promote and launch sustainable cooperative economies. Our work is inspired by the rich history of social justice struggle in the South and looks to the example of the worker-owned cooperatives of Mondragon, Spain for guidance. Business enterprises that are community-based are […]

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