Doing Good – Neighborhoods & Housing

The Doing Good – Neighborhoods & Housing 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, 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 Doing Good – Neighborhoods & Housing 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

*DDNP Neighborhoods that Received Funding for Community Requests in FY 2021

All neighborhood associations that submitted a community request received funding.

  • Bragtown
  • Burch Avenue
  • Lyon Park
  • Southside
  • Trinity Park
  • Tuscaloosa-Lakewood
  • Walltown
*Nonprofit Partners that Received Funding in FY 2021

Additionally, partners that support the areas of primary need identified by the neighborhoods, have the opportunity to co-create proposals that bring additional knowledge and capacity to community expertise and lived experience. In FY 2021, nonprofits were identified as the partner group able to co-create proposals alongside DDNP Neighborhoods.


FY 2021 Impacts:

Neighborhoods and nonprofits are currently wrapping up their Evaluation and Reflection Reports. Most reports will be submitted October 1, 2021 and aggregated data will be shared below the week of October 4, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the circumstances it brought to us individually as well as to the work of teams together, some neighborhoods and organizations have been granted an extension to complete their projects with fidelity and submit their Evaluation and Reflection Reports accordingly. These impacts will be added to the aggregated data on a rolling basis as the reports are submitted.

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