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Lee Cruz's Blog – April 2015 Archive (3)

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Without our stories, how will we know it's us? And without hearing and reading and seeing the stories of others, how will we know who they are? Cultural wisdom from Kentucky and Roadside Theater: Art in a Democracy​

Added by Lee Cruz on April 30, 2015 at 10:21am — No Comments

Touching the Hearts of Possible Donors and Volunteers—Just How Is It Done?

Three years ago, former accountant Marion Ruthig created an organization that focused on increasing community involvement in the public sector through the art of storytelling over that of facts and figures. Her nonprofit, I Support Community, focuses on linking potential donors and volunteers to nonprofits based on the unique telling of each organization’s story. Through a series of videos, I…

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Added by Lee Cruz on April 7, 2015 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Poverty Shrinks Brains from Birth...



Poverty Shrinks Brains from Birth

Studies show that children from low-income families have smaller brains and lower cognitive abilities
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Added by Lee Cruz on April 1, 2015 at 11:59am — No Comments

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Foreclosure Risk is Growing, With No Relief in Sight

Homeowners and small landlords are under mounting pressure, as lost income related to COVID-19 leaves them with month after month of unpaid debt and limited ability to catch up. The loss of wealth could impact the next generation and beyond, especially in communities of color, warns LISC’s Denise Scott. “Just as COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on the health of Black and Brown families, so too is it exacerbating our racial wealth gap, which already saps so much from our national potential.”

Unlocking Corporate Treasuries for Racial Equity: A Podcast with LISC's George Ashton

George Ashton III, who oversees LISC's Strategic Investments department, joined a recent episode of the podcast Money + Meaning to discuss LISC's Black Economic Development Fund. The conversation delved into the growth of CDFIs and their role in economic development and how more corporations can direct their capital towards systems change that promotes racial equity.

How CDFIs and the UN Can Align the Measure of their Common Goals

By adopting a set of universal benchmarks established by the United Nations—the UN Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs—Community Development Financial Institutions can streamline the way they measure and demonstrate the investments they've been making for decades to help create equity and wellbeing for people and places in the United States. A blog by LISC's Anna Smukowski and the OFN's Andrea Longton explains how and why.

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