Community Partners


The DEC Network is a 501c3 non-profit organization driving innovation and economic impact by helping entrepreneurs start, build and grow their businesses. With a number of innovation hubs across DFW, we provide expert education, access to knowledgeable mentors and a vibrant community of like-minded entrepreneurs.

The DEC Network is spreading its wings and soaring to new heights with the expansion of its flagship location to an impressive 20,000 square feet within the vibrant Redbird Mall (Opening January 2024). This expansion marks a pivotal moment in our journey to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and collaboration within the heart of Redbird and Oak Cliff.


For over 25 years Builders of Hope Community Development Corporation has delivered true grassroot transformation to urban communities in Dallas by building quality affordable housing and strong thriving neighborhoods. BOH has since become one of Dallas’ biggest developers of affordable housing in a city that is in desperate need of it, and work throughout West Dallas, Oak Cliff, Pleasant Grove and more.


Forest Forward is a non-profit organization that partners with the community to drive equitable development, economic mobility, and improve outcomes for children, residents, and families of the South Dallas community. Using the restoration and expansion of the Forest Theater, Forest Forward works to ignite a just, healthy and thriving South Dallas. The transformational infusion of $75.215 million into the heart of zip code 75215 will ignite healthy neighborhood revitalization and create a new vibrant core for the City of Dallas.


The Southern Gateway Public Green Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created to oversee the building of the Southern Gateway Park, a 5.5-acre green space is being built over I-35E near The Dallas Zoo in Southern Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhood. The foundation is working to create an inclusive space that is functional, welcoming, responsive, innovative and reflective of the neighborhoods surrounding the park through it’s equitable development plan (EDP). The EDP targets 6 equity focus areas:

  • History and Culture
  • Health and Wellness
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Economic Development
  • Diverse Housing Options
  • Safe and Stable Neighborhoods



Bonton Farms’ mission is to transform lives by disrupting systems of inequity, laying a foundation where change yields health, wholeness and opportunity as the norm. Through its two fully functioning farms, a Farmer’s Market, Café, and Coffee House, as well as programs supporting their 4 focus areas (Nutrition, Housing Stability, Career Mentorship, and Education), Bonton Farms provides necessary services and support to the historically underserved Bonton neighborhood of Southern Dallas.


Community Does It is a non-profit organization that applies Community-Based Participatory Action Research methods (CBPAR) and grassroots organizing principles to engage and empower members of marginalized populations in Dallas to co-lead initiatives to bring equitable access to quality public health in their own communities. Based in Pleasant Grove, Community Does It offers mental health counseling, family educational & emotional support, and a network of community health resources.


Innovan Neighborhoods is a people-centered development and consulting firm with a mission to advance community-anchored real estate development through innovative, collaborative solutions. As a partner of Matthews Southwest, Innovan Neighborhoods leverages the 30-year track record of an international, full-service private real estate company alongside community development strategies to build and strengthen neighborhoods in concert with community stakeholders.


The Community Developers Roundtable (CDR) is a collective networking and learning opportunity for existing diverse non-profit and for-profit community-oriented real estate developers. Founded by Innovan Neighborhoods, the CDR addresses a gap in the community development ecosystem by offering a longer-term, developer-led structure with on-going feedback and accountability to community-oriented development projects. Additionally, the Roundtable aggregates partnerships, maintains community, and promotes collective strategies to address housing affordability and community-based commercial development. The inaugural Community Developers Roundtable Network ran from October 2022-June 2023; cohort 2 commenced in October 2023.


The purpose of Serve Southern Dallas, sponsored by The State Fair of Texas, is to highlight nonprofits who support the most vulnerable families, individuals, and businesses in Southern Dallas. Our focus here is to celebrate and bring attention to those organizations that are typically not on the radar because of their size. These organizations may allocate most, if not all of available resources directly to their mission, rather than marketing and fundraising due to the limitations of funding and staff. While deserving of attention and support, the organizations shared here may be less visible to potential supporters. It is our desire to serve as a connector and a catalyst to these amazing organizations that make a difference daily in our community.