CDP offers legal, research and capacity building support designed to strengthen the organizing efforts of grassroots, community-based organizations. The services that we offer fall into three broad categories:
CDP’s attorneys work with community groups to:
- Bring lawsuits against targets of organizing campaigns such as negligent landlords and wage-stealing employers
- Defend community organizations and low-income community members when they are the targets of lawsuits
- Provide legal services to individual community members to enhance organizations’ base building efforts
- Provide expert legal advice and counsel to community organizations on issues such as incorporation and tax exemption, forming worker-owned cooperatives, and negotiating community benefits agreements with developers
- Support community organizations’ legislative advocacy efforts
Read more about our legal assistance in capacity building, consumer justice, equitable neighborhoods, tenants' rights & housing justice, immigrants' rights, and workers’ rights.
Participatory Action Research and Policy
Our Research and Policy Initiative partners with community organizing groups to:
- Collect and analyze data to support their campaign demands
- Produce participatory action research reports to highlight problems identified by community organizations
- Develop policy solutions to community problems
- Train organizations to design and conduct their own research
- Conduct background research and develop fact sheets to provide strategic data in support of organizing campaigns
Read more about our research and policy work.
Technical and Capacity-Building Assistance
We offer grassroots community groups training and assistance with issues related to their formation and operation as not-for-profit organizations, including:
- Fundraising and development
- Organizational development
- Financial management for nonprofits
Read more about our capacity-building work.
Please note that we only provide assistance to community organizations that meet our eligibility criteria.