Support for Organizing

We believe social change is created by building power, developing leaders and increasing civic engagement among traditionally marginalized communities.

CDP offers legal, research and capacity building support designed to strengthen the organizing efforts of grassroots, community-based organizations. We adhere to a theory of change where short-term and individual successes help build the capacity and power of our community partners, who in turn can have longer-term impact on policies, laws and systems that affect their communities.

We leverage short-term successes such as winning legal cases and publishing reports to build the capacity of our partner organizations, increase public awareness of the issues they are organizing around, and help achieve victories for their organizing campaigns.

This enables our community partners to create systemic change through law and policy reform, increase political power in low-income and excluded communities, and change abusive and exploitative practices affecting their communities. Visit our press page to read recent stories about our work with community groups.

Learn more about what we offer community groups, the types of groups we work with and examples of our work with community partners.