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.

Self-Development of People of Central Virginia is an authorized affiliate of the PC(USA) program and is supported by the Presbytery of the James.

The program is rooted in the belief that the poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged possess firsthand knowledge of the type 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 created 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.

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 People Investing in People
People Investing in People


Lamar Lockhart, moderator

Beverly Bullock

Curtis Kearns

Humphrey Muraya

Lori Purcell

Lutrelle Rainey

Deborah Regal

Willie Woodson

Jochelle Young


SDOP of Central Virginia Grants

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

Interested groups can learn about the grants and how to apply at a workshop February 25 at 7 p.m. at the Central branch of Chesterfield Public Library, 7051 Lucy Corr Blvd, Chesterfield, VA 23832.

Past Grant Recipients and Projects

Embrace Richmond - Brookland Park Young Leaders Project      >> Read more >>

Elevated Imagination Life Center

Stafford Junction - Helping Us Grow Strong (HUGS) kindergarten readiness program

Daily Planet - quality health services regardless of financial, housing or insurance status

Friends Association for Children - leadership and career advancement program

FIRST Contractors, Inc - picnic table 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.