The East Bay Community Foundation, Asset Funders Network, and Northern California Grantmakers invite you to attend the Inclusive Economy Learning + Action Series for funders, donors, policy makers and practitioners concerned about the future of low and middle wage workers in the region, many of whom are people of color, immigrants, and those impacted by the justice system.
Despite the regional economic boom, income inequality is on the rise with African Americans and Latinos overrepresented among the lowest earning households. The poverty rate for African Americans is more than double the overall regional poverty rate and these numbers are exacerbated when you adjust for high housing costs. While rents continue to rise, wages have stagnated and middle wage job opportunities continue to shrink, deepening inequality.
Join our community of funders and practitioners working to create an Inclusive Bay Area Economy that provides equitable opportunities for good jobs, entrepreneurship, career pathways, and asset building, especially for those who are traditionally left behind. We envision a just Bay Area with vibrant, resilient communities, strong, local economies, and thriving industries that contribute to the health, well-being, and prosperity of all residents and a sustainable environment. We can achieve an inclusive economy when those who are furthest from economic opportunity fully participate in and benefit from economic decisions that shape their neighborhoods and the region.
The Learning + Action Series is organized around the key strategies that are essential in creating a truly inclusive Bay Area economy that creates conditions for asset-building among low income communities of color: Policy & Systems Change; Business and Capital Innovations; and Community Leadership, Power + Ownership. Each session will feature local thought leaders and practitioners and provide space for funders and donors to strategize solutions and take collective action.
Our kick-off event, “Policies for an Inclusive Economy,” will introduce participants to the toolbox of “inclusive economy” policies and what they look like in real time. We will explore the roles asset funders and practitioners can play in changing policies and systems to create equitable access to economic development processes & opportunities.
This program is open to members and associates of the East Bay Community Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers, and the Bay Area Asset Funders Network. Register here!