Communities in Partnership Becomes the Fiscal Agent for REAL Durham on April 1, 2018
Updated: Apr 16, 2018
Communities in Partnership (CIP) and REAL Durham (RD) have agreed to formalize their close working relationship by transferring RD’s fiscal agency from Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA) to CIP effective April 1, 2018. CIP and RD share a vision for a more equitable Durham, where all residents are financially secure, healthy and happy, and a common commitment to applying a racial equity lens to their actions. There has been significant overlap in the participants and leadership of the two initiatives, so this strategic alignment is a natural fit that will strengthen the position of both initiatives in the community as they progress together.
CIP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2012 and led by people of color, serving Old East Durham and surrounding areas with the mission “to organize and develop long-term residents, especially those residents of color and low wealth, to work towards racial, social, and economic liberation.” CIP prioritizes community building, leadership development, and collective action, all with an eye toward addressing the inequitable balance of power across race, class, and gender in the community.
RD was established by End Poverty Durham in 2013. RD helps families living and struggling in material poverty to increase their financial well-being by providing assistance and support for them to make the changes they want to see in their own lives and to reach the goals that they have set for themselves. RD accomplishes this by increasing access to financial and social capital, and by building the relationships that make this possible. DCIA has served as the fiscal agent for RD since its initial formation and has assisted RD’s development as RD has evolved. Transferring RD’s fiscal agency from DCIA to CIP is a natural step in the development of both initiatives that provides collaborative growth opportunities.
CIP's priorities align with RD’s goals. Thus, there are opportunities for RD participants to increase their involvement with CIP activities and events, including the CIP Food Co-op.
RD can be a primary support mechanism to help CIP connect residents with economic opportunity. More closely integrating RD with CIP will facilitate CIP members’ involvement with RD.
Both initiatives are rooted in seeking whole-person and whole-community solutions for the complex and interrelated issues that they seek to influence. Both help create strong community and provide opportunities for building intentional relationships across class, race and privilege. By working together, CIP and RD can more effectively address these issues, attracting resources and new partnerships to support their integrated efforts.