Supporting Our Neighborhoods

The ‘Supporting our Neighborhoods’ category supports 14 partner neighborhoods surrounding the Duke campus with a focus on empowering neighborhood associations. Through a facilitation process, these organizations first identify their key needs and priorities, focusing on overlap and opportunities to support and partner across neighborhoods. Then neighborhood associations have the opportunity to create action plans that utilize these donations to implement solutions to their identified key priorities. Additionally, through collaboration with the neighborhood associations, nonprofit partners are able to co-create projects that support the neighborhood identified priorities.

Neighborhood work is driven by community voices. DCA acts as a partner, facilitator, and advocate in achieving neighborhood community goals. Gifts made to the Neighborhoods category support this important work.

Our Partners

Our core partners consist of the 14 neighborhood associations close to Duke’s campus. This collaboration, called the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership (DDNP), grounds our neighborhood and housing work in the experiences of grassroots organizations and individuals. In 2020, through a consensus workshop this group identified key needs and priorities that will be the focus of the groups work for the next few years. The broad categories of work include: Equity and Justice, Health and Safety, Community Education, Neighborhood Communication Tools, People First Development, Respect and Preserve History. Funds are used by neighborhood associations to address needs within these areas.

*DDNP Active Members/Core Partners
  • Burch Ave*
  • Bragtown*
  • Crest Street*
  • Lakewood Park
  • Lyon Park*
  • Morehead Hill*
  • Old West Durham*
  • Southside*
  • Trinity Heights
  • Trinity Park*
  • Tuscaloosa-Lakewood*
  • Walltown*
  • Watts Hospital-Hillandale*
  • West End

Additionally, nonprofits that support the areas of primary need identified by the neighborhoods, have the opportunity to co-create proposals that bring nonprofit knowledge and capacity to community expertise and lived experience.

  • (Coming early May 2021) This is a new process. Moving forward previously funded nonprofits will be listed until the completion of the current year’s RFP awards.

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