Stories

Economic Development

  • How Small Foundations Can Achieve Outsized Impact

    A foundation doesn’t need a large staff to make program-related investments (PRIs) that advance its mission. Investing through intermediaries l ike c ommunity development financial institutions (CDFIs) can increase philanthropic impact by generating measurable benefits and modest financial returns while recycling philanthropic capital.

    With their expertise for re-lending and...

  • Jackie Jones: Examples of Jeremiah Group's Work

    Jacqueline Carroll Jones has more than 20 years of organizing experience with the Jeremiah Group and the Industrial Areas Foundation. Before becoming an organizer, Jones taught regular and special education classes in the Jefferson Parish public school system for 23 years. She also served as Intervention Coordinator for the parish’s only special education alternative high school program....

  • K10: How Women Are Rebuilding the Gulf Coast

    Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina spawned the need for new construction and a skilled workforce all over the Gulf Coast. It also exacerbated already dire economic situations for low-income women in Mississippi. The Moore Community House , which serves low-income women and children in east Biloxi, found a way to address both of those needs when it launched its Women in Construction (WinC)...

  • Ralph Paige: Rural Organizing and Leadership Development

    Ralph Paige has served the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund for 30 years, 15 as Executive Director. The Federation improves the quality of rural life through housing, community credit unions, cooperatives and training programs. It helps small farmers access the full range of USDA programs and keeps thousands of landowners informed of their rights and responsibilities to...

  • Ines Polonius: Merging to create Communities Unlimited

    Ines Polonius spearheaded the merger of Community Resource Group and alt.Consulting to form Communities Unlimited, which offers infrastructure services and economic entrepreneurial growth strategies in seven states.

    As Executive Director of alt.Consulting, Polonius worked with hundreds of small businesses in manufacturing, distribution, service and retail. Among the services Polonius...