All Eyes on Equity: How nonprofits are mobilizing to solve Atlanta’s structural inequities

With its often-cited title as the “capital of income inequality,” Atlanta is approaching a crossroads. This year, Atlanta was named the fourth most gentrifying city in the country, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. According to the Opportunity Atlas, a tool that tracks social mobility and analyzes outcomes across U.S. neighborhoods, children born on the south and west sides of Atlanta—where mostly black residents live—have a harder time escaping poverty. The unemployment rate for black Atlantans is nearly five times higher than for white people, according to a recent Annie E. Casey Foundation report, and black incomes here are only a third of what white people make. What’s more, Atlanta nonprofit giving hasn’t always been focused on equity: Between 2010 and 2014, the metro region had $453 in foundation funding per person—similar to that of the national per capita, but only 20 percent of Atlanta’s funding focused on underserved populations, according to a National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy report.

Read the entire article in Atlanta magazine.