What We Offer

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:

Community Lawyering
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.