If you want to engage with your community’s economy, across race, class, and neighborhood, giving the missing capital to nonprofits will make that engagement easier and more welcome.
How do you know a system is broken? If there is great wealth disparity in the community. But then, what do you do?
When you want to think about doing reparations, the root word is repair – to remedy the damage done. How can we begin that repair work? Here’s one surprising option: tourism.
Unlike traditional economic development, Neighborhood Investment Trusts start from the premise of addressing the racial gap around asset ownership by average people and people of color. That grounding in economic justice and locally based asset ownership is the reason church funds are among the initial backers of the concept.
If you are a church planter or in a congregation looking for ways to engage holistically and deeply with your local community and you are motivated by the Gospel to do something about economic justice , there is a six session online course for you starting soon.
If you search into the roots of most of the established and successful investment platforms addressing issues like the racial and other wealth gaps, housing, and food security, you will find nun money, and often Sister Corrine was there at the start.
“You get tired of losing, tired of, you know, just watching people, crying in school board meetings. And just the impotency that goes along with all that. That wasn’t attractive to me. I wanted to learn what is this thing power?”
Churches, the public sector and big philanthropy are all trying to solve the same problems, but are not in contact with each other. They need to understand how to turn strangers into unlikely allies.
Church youth can engage across race, class, and economics to design the future. This post explains the nuts and bolts of how that can work.
The Community Equity Fund (CEF) solves a problem that Black families live with (and most white people don’t realize exists), but is a crucial element in why the racial wealth gap exists. That wealth gap… Read More »Youth Engage in Justice Across Race, Class and Neighborhood