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Business Case for Racial Equity

July 24, 2018

The United States economy could be $8 trillion larger by 2050 if the country eliminated racial disparities in health, education, incarceration and employment, according to "The Business Case for Racial Equity: A Strategy for Growth." The gains would be equivalent to a continuous boost in GDP growth of 0.5 percent per year, increasing the competitiveness of the country for decades to come. The national study released today by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and Altarum concludes that while racial inequities needlessly stifle economic growth, there is a path forward.The report projects a tremendous boost to the country's workforce and consumer spending when organizations take the necessary steps to advance racial equity. Led by Ani Turner, co-director of Sustainable Health Spending Strategies at Altarum, researchers analyzed data from public and private sources, including the U.S. Census, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Brandeis University and Harvard University. Their methodology included applying established models to estimate the economic impact of the disparities faced by people of color.

Racial Equity and Healing

Growth Occupations: Opportunities for More Equitable Participation in Detroit’s Growing Economy

February 1, 2023

An analysis of growing occupations and the state of equitable participation in them in Detroit.

Engagement & Equity First: Opportunities and Challenges for Federal Funding Implementation

December 1, 2022

As part of their ongoing commitment to equitable policy, the Southern Economic Advancement Project recently released "Engagement & Equity First: Opportunities and Challenges for Federal Funding Implementation," produced with support from the Kellogg Foundation. Federal funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic provided a microcosm to evaluate public policy design and implementation. Interspersed with reflections from interviewees and survey participants who have experience with federal funding programs, the report offers an extensive assessment of the challenges and opportunities in federal funding implementation, with concrete and actionable steps to expand community engagement and provide equitable access. 

Growing Regional Food Systems & Economies

October 1, 2022

In 2016, some Black, Indigenous, and Asian American food systems stakeholders and allies from across the state of Mississippi were able to convene together for the first time to dream about transforming the local and state level food systems. This gathering was made possible by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF). The outcome of the gathering was the formation of the Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative with the common goal of improving the health of Mississippians through increasing access to healthy, local, culturally appropriate food, educating people about healthy food, building the capacity of local farmers, and increasing the amount of local food purchased by schools and institutions.This is a collaborative write up produced primarily by Noel Didla, in partnership with the co-stewards of the Center for MS Food Systems.

Models for Improving Job Quality in Small Businesses

August 4, 2022

This fact sheet summarizes research on existing models for strengthening small businesses while improving job quality for workers. It draws on an extensive literature review and expert interviews. It was created to frame discussion on potential small business support interventions for the Minneapolis Small Business and Labor Standards Roundtable.

Employment Equity

Guía 1: Propuesta para la Transformación Positiva de Conflictos (TPC)

June 15, 2022

Esta primera guía es una introducción a las diferentes nocionesy conceptos que nos sirven como base para ir entendiendo e incorporando el enfoque de la TPC, como son los tipos de conflictos y suscomponentes, las características de un conflicto social y de una problemáticasocial, y el entendimiento de la figura del actor social. Frente al planteamiento de la noción del conflicto y de la violencia, esbozamos algunas reflexiones en torno al concepto de la paz, ese horizonte al que aspiramos y que nos alienta y orienta en nuestra lucha y quehacer cotidiano, y cuya definición es importante construir a la luz de nuestros contextos locales, organizativos y comunitarios. Finalmente, aportamos también la visión de paz que tienen las comunidades tseltales y tsotsiles con quienes trabajamos, ya que la preservación delas formas ancestrales y comunitarias de vivir la vida, de resolver los conflictos y de entender la paz hace aportes sustanciales a los procesos de construcción de paz que necesita nuestro país. 

Publicizing Violators to Increase Compliance

May 19, 2022

A Conversation about Effective Naming and Shaming Techniques to Maximize the Resources of Labor Standards Enforcement Agencies, featuring presentations by Matthew Johnson, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and Ahmer Qadeer, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Service Employees International Union.

EITC Pooled Fund: A Decade of Advancing Tax Fairness and Opportunity

April 11, 2022

A 10-year summary of the EITC Pooled Fund, detailing The Fund's history, structure, impact, lessons learned, and the work that lies ahead.

Politics of Knowledge

March 7, 2022

The compendium The Politics of Knowledge: Understanding the Evidence for Agroecology, Regenerative Approaches, and Indigenous Foodways (English | Español | Français) tackles the dominant questions about evidence that are holding back food systems transformation. Authors unpack the narratives and legacies behind these questions and explore the many ways funders, researchers, and policymakers can take transformative action.

NCRC 2020 Home Mortgage Report: Examining Shifts During COVID-19

January 18, 2022

In this report:The private mortgage lending market continued to inadequately serve most households of color.The gap in homeownership rates between Black and White families remained near a 120-year high point.Refinance lending exploded during the pandemic and disproportionately flowed to non-Hispanic White, Asian Indian and Chinese borrowers.Over decades, the private mortgage market and laws intended to expand access to credit have failed to achieve equitable home ownership rates or increase family wealth in communities of color.Policy makers, community leaders and lenders themselves should rally around bold new approaches, race-specific goals and performance requirements.

Buckeye ISA - Community Impact

December 23, 2021

The Buckeye Institution-Supported Agriculture (ISA) Project was funded by a $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant was in recognition of AMP's role in the grassroots formation of the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) at The Ohio State University, and the commitment that the University made in its sustainability goals. The original goals of Buckeye ISA were: - To leverage Ohio State's goal to increase production and purchase of locally and sustainably sourced food to 40% by 2025 in order to promote more urban farming in economically disadvantaged local communities by providing access to tools, seeds and expertise. - To provide training and workshops to Buckeye ISA households through the Ohio State Franklin County Extension program. - To partner with Nationwide Children's Hospital to use biometric screenings of children and adults from participating households to compare their health before and after participation in the growing and home use of produce through the project. - To streamline the process of aggregating and distributing produce from small producers like households to large institutions like Ohio State. Initiated in 2017, Buckeye ISA sought to create a network of at least 100 low-income households with young children, particularly in communities of color, that grow produce for their own use but also with the option of producing enough to sell to Ohio State, or other outlets. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's mission is "to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life." When the W.K. Kellogg grant for the Buckeye ISA project was awarded, one of the requirements was that each household involved must have children between 2 and 8 years old. In four years, Buckeye ISA has built a robust network of 6 (originally 7) community liaisons, 3 corporate and 23 non-profit partners to support 126 gardening and farming households with multiple produce selling opportunities at their disposal. 

Food Systems

First Nations Annual Report 2020

December 22, 2021

The year 2020 is not one that will be forgotten.On the 40th Anniversary year of First NationsDevelopment Institute, the world experienceda deadly pandemic and the aftershocks thatcontinue to plague communities locally andglobally.

Racial Equity and Healing

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