Having trouble viewing this email? View it in your web browser

Hi Friend,

Join MDC and our Build Up partners on Thursday as we share insights from the development of the first ISD Network (Guilford Success Network) and how community organizations, philanthropy, governments, healthcare systems, and health insurers can partner with MDC and Build Up to create ISD Networks with and in more communities. 

Under the traditional service delivery model, people who need help—with food, shelter, education, job training, and more—struggle to get the help they need because available supports and services are not well coordinated or aligned. MDC and its Build Up Initiative foster Integrated Services Delivery (ISD) Networks with and in communities to empower people and families out of poverty and economic insecurity.

Register for a webinar on March 30th to learn how these networks “flip” the traditional services model (fitting people into programs) and instead use ISD to plan with—and wrap services around—people and their families to help them achieve major economic outcomes.

Webinar: Putting people first for equitable and effective social service delivery. March 30, 2023; 12:00 pm-1:15 pm Click the button below for more info and to register.  

We look forward to seeing you on March 30th!

Your friends at MDC


Partner & Project Highlights


Equity Centered Leadership

Introducing our 2023-2024 Autry Fellow, Simon Palmore! 

We’re thrilled to announce that Simon Palmore was selected as the 2023-2024 Autry Fellow. He will be joining the MDC team on August 1st, following his graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May.  Simon brings first-hand experience with systems change work in the Chapel Hill community and looks forward to engaging in policy work at MDC that will help shape his future civil rights law career.

Simon grew up in Washington, DC, before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. At UNC, he studies History and Hispanic Literature & Cultures, and his senior honors thesis is a short story collection written through the Creative Writing Program.

Learn More → 


MDC launches new initiative to support home-based childcare in North Carolina.

MDC is pleased to announce the launch of a two-pronged initiative in support of home-based child care, to help advance North Carolina’s early childhood system to better serve children and families.

Home Based Child Care (HBCC) is a widely utilized form of care for children under the age of five. It is the most common child care placement for infants and toddlers and includes both formal, and regulated care, like licensed family child care homes, as well as informal care known as Family, Friend, & Neighbor care (FFN).

Learn More → 


MDC News


We're Hiring! Application Deadline, Mar. 28, 11:59pm

MDC Rural Forward seeks an advanced or graduate-level student to support community-based and community-led technical assistance and consulting services in rural North Carolina.

The goal of the Program Assistant is to strengthen their understanding of rural community-driven, capacity-building services and develop additional skills by supporting MDC Rural Forward staff, community partners, and other constituents. Under the supervision of a Partnership Manager, the Program Assistant will support a specific location or issue area to be determined in consultation with the chosen candidate.


In Remembrance: Ambassador James A. Joseph, Chair Emeritus, MDC Board of Directors 

James A. Joseph, appointed by President Bill Clinton as the first US Ambassador to a democratic South Africa, passed away on Feb. 17. Ambassador Joseph was chair emeritus of MDC’s board of directors and professor of the practice emeritus in the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. He was 87.

An invaluable and cherished member of the MDC community, Ambassador Joseph served as chair of the board of directors for MDC beginning in 2007 and remained on the board as chair emeritus. He also served on the board of directors of the Brookings Institution, the National Endowment for Democracy, Africare, and the Children’s Defense Fund.



The State of the South


State of the South is coming to Berea, KY in April!

MDC’s 2022-2023 State of the South series, True South, will weave together community conversations, artistic expression, online content, and a series of reports to explore how—and if—Southerners are reckoning with this moment of economic, social, and environmental upheaval. 

Join us in Berea, Kentucky, for candid conversations on the past, present, and future of Appalachia. What would the South look like if equity became a Southern value? Over two days, we’ll gather to deepen long-standing relationships, develop new partnerships, and discover areas for working together to create economic security, racial equity, and community well-being.

Learn More → 

Omar Opera Panel with Carolina Performing Arts. (l to r: Kerri Forrest, Dr. William Spriggs, Dr. Youssef Carter) Photo Credit: Eleazar Yisrael

Omar, Otherness, and the Minimum Wage

In February, Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) at UNC presented the new opera, “Omar” written by Rhiannon Giddens. They co-commissioned the piece with Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, where it premiered last summer. The opera imagines the life of Omar ibn Said who was kidnapped from what is now Senegal at the age of 37 after years of formal education in Arabic and Quran.

The opera provides a compelling opportunity to reflect on America’s relationship to the history and current practice of exploitive labor. 

Learn More → 


Your investment drives MDC’s work.

By investing in MDC, you make it possible for us to advance knowledge about what works to create and scale transformative solutions in education, employment, access to healthcare, and sustainable community development.


307 W Main St  | Durham, North Carolina 27701
919-381-5802 | info@mdcinc.org

Follow Us

Having trouble viewing this email? View it in your web browser

Unsubscribe or Manage Your Preferences