Friday, January 11, 2008

Nonprofits' Role in Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

The Baltimore Sun published an article today describing an innovative example of nonprofits working with businesses and other community leaders to accomplish charitable goals.  According to Sun reporter Kelly Brewington, the More in the Middle Project, "spearheaded by Associated Black Charities, is the culmination of 2 1/2 years of research among business and nonprofit leaders.  Through public and private partnerships, the program aims to take on the large task of closing the black-white wealth gap, while trying to reverse decades of black flight and help low-income residents climb to the ranks of the middle class."  In the article, College of Notre Dame Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management Ann Breihan acknowledges the complexity of the issues but comments that "[T]he steps toward solutions seem practical and inviting."  University of Baltimore School of Public Affairs Professor Lenneal J. Henderson is quoted as saying "We are not doing this at the expense of the lower classes. . . . We are really asking how do we bring those at the lowest rungs up to the middle class."


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