About the Fund for Democratic Communities

F4DC was founded in 2007 and since then has made over $1 million in grants to support grassroots democratic organizing efforts, primarily focused in the Southeast, North Carolina and Greensboro. We operate with a strong belief in the power of ordinary people in neighborhoods, workplaces and other communities to understand and solve their own problems when given an opportunity to put their heads together and hear the diverse voices of all involved.

Mission Statement

The Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC), a Greensboro, North Carolina based private foundation, supports community-based initiatives and institutions that foster authentic democracy to make communities better places to live. F4DC makes grants to groups that engage in participatory democracy to further their social change objectives; convenes groups and individuals committed to social and economic justice through deepening democratic practice; conducts research; and and produces materials to nurture the growth of authentic democracy.

Financial Information

Below you will find the 990-PF forms filed each year with the IRS. What is Form 990? Guidestar explains it this way:

Form 990 is an annual reporting return that certain federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS. It provides information on the filing organization’s mission, programs, and finances.

As a private foundation F4DC files the 990-PF version. If you are unfamiliar with these forms, reading them may be confusing. Here is a link to the Foundation Center’s “Demystifying the 990-PF” tutorial. The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of NYC also has a lengthy multi-chapter guide to the form posted as individual pdfs.

In addition to these forms, F4DC staff occasionally post articles about how we think about and approach our financial management on our blog.