Self-Development of People Committee of the Presbytery of Philadelphia

The Self-Development of People is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that affirms God’s concern for humankind. We are Presbyterians and ecumenical partners, dissatisfied with poverty and oppression, united in faith and action through sharing, confronting, and enabling. We participate in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression, and injustice.

Self-Development of People 2021 Grants Announced

Our Presbytery’s Committee for the Self-Development of People recently awarded two grants totaling $7,200.
  • Why Not Prosper is an amazing team of formerly incarcerated women with a sole purpose to help women who are returning citizens to navigate successfully back into community/society. www.why-not-prosper.org Click here for a PDF of their work
  • SW Philly Food Pantry is a ministry of The Common Place (Salt & Light). Their Food Pantry initiative will respond to the increased food insecurities in Southwest Philly, especially as they work to the benefit and well-being of children. www.the commonplacephilly.org

We give thanks for both organizations commitment to their local neighbors!

Please click here to download an application. 

COVID has dramatically impacted our communities, and more so in communities that were already struggling with issues related to poverty. The Self Development of People Program is PCUSA’s response to the issue of poverty in our country. Each year, the Presbytery of Philadelphia’s SDOP provides grants to organizations that seek to empower themselves. The committee is looking for organizations to support this year. For more information regarding criteria and applications, click on the links below.

About the Committee:

  • Our Responsibility: Jesus of Nazareth befriended and assisted poor and oppressed people, and taught his followers the same primary responsibility. By establishing the Self-Development of People (since 1970), the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) lives out the primary responsibility taught by Jesus and demonstrates its solidarity with poor people around the world.
  • Our Mission Statement: The Self-Development of People is a ministry that affirms God’s concern for humankind. We are Presbyterians and ecumenical partners, dissatisfied with poverty and oppression, united in faith and action through sharing, confronting, and enabling. We participate in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression, and injustice.
  • Our Mandate: The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People shall assist the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in carrying out its global commitment to work toward the self-development of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people who own, control, and benefit directly from projects that promote long-term change in their lives and communities. The mandate was established by the 182nd General Assembly (1970) of the former United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and reaffirmed and approved by the 199th General Assembly (1987) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

National Self-Development of People Committee

Application and Criteria: