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Philanthropy as the South's Passing Gear: Fulfilling the Promise

November 16, 2017

How far down the road has philanthropy traveled as the South's "Passing Gear" for equity and economic promise since those words were written 10 years ago? And what should the priorities be today? Philanthropy as the South's Passing Gear—Fulfilling the Promise answers those questions, revising and updating MDC's 2007 publication, The State of the South 2007: Philanthropy as the South's 'Passing Gear.'

Making Mississippi Competitive: Solutions for Building Assets in Low-Wealth Communities

April 20, 2011

Offers an overview of Mississippians' asset levels, the high-cost financial services many without bank accounts use, and promising practices in supporting asset building, promoting alternatives, and enhancing consumer protections and financial education.

Earned Income Tax Credit: Working Hands Getting a Hand Up

January 7, 2011

Examines the low percentage of eligible Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi taxpayers filing for the EITC; the EITC's role as an anti-poverty tool; and strategies for boosting its impact, including expanding mobile Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites.

Power Amidst Renewal: Foundation Support for Sustaining Advocacy After Disasters

September 21, 2010

Follows up a 2007 report on the effectiveness of foundations and nonprofits in advocating for systemic changes in the Gulf Coast and lessons learned. Calls for collaboration, regionalizing agendas, and integrating advocacy into missions and grant periods.

Stepping Up

September 21, 2010

Outlines outcomes and lessons learned from an initiative that funded loaned executives to help New Orleans city government strengthen its capacity to coordinate and direct recovery efforts after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Black Male: Why the Mid South Cannot Afford to Ignore the Disparities Facing Its Black Men and Boys

December 3, 2008

In the Mid South -- Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi -- there is a particular need and opportunity for advocacy, funding, and systemic change to address the inequities faced by black males. The region is not only widely impoverished and rural but also home to a large African-American population. This report presents knowledge on education, health, and criminal justice disparities as well as suggestions for how to take action.

Power Amidst Chaos: Foundation Support for Advocacy Related to Disasters

December 31, 2007

Lays out principles for funding effective disaster-related advocacy: build robust civic sectors before disasters hit, support local groups that give voice to vulnerable populations, and establish strong organizations that can advocate for the long term.

Recovery, Renewal, and Resiliency: Gulf Coast Small Businesses Two Years Later

August 1, 2007

Presents findings from a survey of small business owners about the state of the local economy immediately following and in the two years since Katrina made landfall.