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Prison To Proprietor: Entrepreneurship as a Re-Entry Strategy - Narrowing the Racial Wealth Gap

September 12, 2016

The formerly incarcerated face multiple obstacles and a lack of economic opportunity as they navigate re-entry. Business ownership and self-employment can play a crucial role in supporting formerly incarcerated individuals, particularly people and communities of color who are disproportionately affected by incarceration rates. Just released, AFN's latest Spotlight brief, Prison to Proprietor: Entrepreneurship as a Re-entry Strategy; Narrowing the Racial Wealth Gap, shows how the formerly incarcerated face multiple obstacles and a lack of economic opportunity as they navigate re-entry and examines the crucial role business ownership and self-employment plays in supporting formerly incarcerated individuals, particularly people and communities of color who are disproportionately affected by incarceration rates.

The Unprecedented Power and Potential of Women's Philanthropy in the Washington Region

December 1, 2015

In this report, Washington Area Women's Foundation finds that turning the corner on poverty for women and girls in our region is within our grasp. The key is investing in women and girls with a gender lens, and tapping into the unprecedented giving potential of women philanthropists in our region.

The Racial Wealth Gap: Narrowing the Racial Wealth Gap Through Business Ownership

November 2, 2015

The growing racial and ethnic wealth gap presents a challenge for funders striving to build assets and tackle inequality in the United States. One of the key reasons for the racial wealth gap is that African-American and Latino households hold lower levels of business and financial assets. This is one of the key reasons for the racial wealth gap, so it stands to reason that business ownership may be an important means to narrow the gap. However, people of color have historically been challenged to secure the resources -- such as capital, education, and experience, as well as access to markets -- needed to start and grow businesses. Micro- and small-business development strategies and programs have traditionally sought to engage underserved racial and ethnic groups as a means to opening opportunities for entrepreneurship. This paper examines the available research on business ownership, its connection to wealth creation for diverse populations, and identifies proven tools and strategies funders can employ to strengthen the access to and effectiveness of business ownership as a means to build wealth and reduce the racial and ethnic wealth gap.

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator: User Guide

October 12, 2015

A disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. When it does, a poorly-managed response can put the safety and well-being of residents at risk and expose housing owners to unnecessary costs, problems and liabilities. Having the right plan in place before a disaster will help you manage an effective, coordinated response across staff, departments, partner agencies and sites.The Ready to Respond: Disaster Staffing Toolkit will help your organization prepare for and respond to a disaster. The Toolkit is based on the Incident Command System (ICS), a planning framework used by federal, state and local first responder agencies to help structure the command, control and coordination of emergency response. It includes guidance on staff roles and responsibilities and the disaster-related protocols and systems which will enable you to mount an effective emergency response.The Toolkit is designed to support three vital goals—building protection, resident engagement and business continuity. This will allow your organization to minimize building damage and ensure quick return to service; support the safety, preparedness and recovery of your residents, and maintain key business operations throughout a disaster.

Investing in Change: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities For Women in the Washington Region's Labor Force

August 20, 2015

In this issue brief, we focus on promising approaches to building economic security for women through workforce development. In the following pages, we share the latest employment and labor force participation trends for working women in the Washington region, with a particular focus on low-income women. We identify some of the strategies of successful workforce development programs that support these women, and conclude with concrete steps that funders, policymakers, advocates, employers, and individuals can take to provide women with the effective education and job training programs they need to build economic security and change the trajectory of their lives.

Girls' Economic Security in the Washington Region

April 20, 2015

This issue brief highlights key issues and demographic trends in the Washington region, and dives specifically into issues of poverty and opportunity that affect girls' capacity to attain economic security in adulthood. Our objective is to better understand girls' experiences and circumstances and to work together with the community to identify strategies that reduce barriers, increase opportunities and increase the number of girls who are able to live economically secure lives both today and for generations to come.

Poverty Among Women and Girls in the Washington Region

February 1, 2015

In this issue brief we look at the economic state of women in the Washington region.

An Evaluation of the Bloomberg Housing Program and Recommendations to Strengthen Affordable Housing Policy

January 1, 2013

ANHD's research finds that 1/3 of subsidized housing built in NYC since 2003 is unaffordable for local residents. Report includes tools to help city and local organizations gauge how well proposed housing will meet community needs.