Self-Development of People (SDOP) is a mission program that aims to ameliorate poverty and powerlessness by providing grants to organizations committed to diminishing the effects of poverty, oppression, and injustice. The Presbyterian Church (USA) founded the program in 1970.

Central Virginia Self-Development of People is an authorized affiliate of this program and is supported by the Presbytery of the James.

Self-Development of People is founded on the conviction that the poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged possess a unique perspective on the kinds of conditions that facilitate poverty and powerlessness, and they have a legitimate sense of what is needed to promote and encourage change.

Self-Development was founded to assist organizations involved in such efforts. The program’s core beliefs recognize the potential of the poor and disenfranchised to speak truth to power through community organizing, and for this reason, SDOP focuses its funding support on organizations committed to initiating change and subsequently encouraging self-development. SDOP does not fund individuals but targets organizations seeking effective change.

 People Investing in People
People Investing in People

SDOP Grants

The Central Virginia Self-Development of People Program offers grants of up to $2,500 to organizations working on issues of poverty, injustice, and oppression.

Past Grant Recipients

Brookland Park Young Leaders Project

How You Can Help

Self-Development of People is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering and by individual donations from friends and supporters of the program.


Lamar Lockhart, moderator

Beverly Bullock

Curtis Kearns

Humphrey Muraya

Lori Purcell

Lutrelle Rainey

Deborah Regal

Willie Woodson

Jochele Young