Can America Spare Some Social Change?

What the ‘Bush Tax Cuts’ Mean for Communities of Color. I live in Kingsbridge Heights, a working class residential neighborhood located in the northwest Bronx of New York City. Kingsbridge Heights has a population of 35,000, with a high concentration of Dominicans, especially in the southern and central section of the neighborhood.  In these two areas over 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.  But, if you ask any low-income resident New Yorker, Kingsbridge Heights is considered a high-end neighborhood as compared to most low-income communities in New York City.  After all, our high school and college graduation combined rate is 31 percent; our unemployment rate is 12.4%, as compared to 19% in other black/latino neighborhoods; and our murder rate is only three times as high as the national average.  Moreover, none of my neighbors, or most of my neighborhood, have any worries about the Bush-Tax Cuts.

Toward a Two-Generation Strategy: Voices of American Families

As America struggles to regain its economic footing, the nation’s most vulnerable families—parents of young children who live at 200% of poverty or less—express strong feelings of frustration and disappointment with their lives today.  But they are working hard to ensure that their children have better lives.  Anne Mosle shares a new report from the Ascend program at the Aspen Institute that examines the experiences, perspectives, and needs of low-income families.

The Neverending Data Story

Quantitative and qualitative data are often positioned as opposing or complementary means of documenting impact. Data reports and personal snapshots are often generated separately, then placed side-by-side with the hope that the juxtaposition of hard metrics with an emotional picture and blurb will resonate with a wide range of people.  While both approaches have value for specific purposes at particular points in time, numbers and narratives can be more powerfully and seamlessly employed to capture individual nonprofit and sector-wide work and more intentionally shape strategy and collaborations.

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