Building an Inclusive Economy
We're fostering economic mobility for those too often denied opportunities by empowering communities and developing systems-based solutions to address the root causes of poverty and inequity.
Why inclusive economy?
More opportunities for more people.
Research and community input tell us that Forsyth County, North Carolina, has been plagued by barriers to living-wage employment, pockets of concentrated poverty, lack of investment in effective public transportation, and poor coordination of community resources. That’s why we’ve decided to focus our Local Impact in Forsyth County efforts on addressing these root-cause, systemic issues. We’re partnering with community to build capacity, so members raise their voices to share challenges and ideas, and play a fundamental role in developing solutions.
Reconnect youth to living-wage jobs and educational opportunities.
What we know: Forsyth County’s disconnected youth—young people ages 16 to 24 who are not in school and not working—totals approximately 14 percent of the county’s population. We know that these youth—particularly youth of color—are impacted by systemic barriers and institutional racism—and need support to secure living-wage jobs and find the path to economic and educational success.
What we do: We’re developing ways to launch the next generation through systemic, multisectoral opportunities. It will take organizations, adults, and youth in our community to listen, learn, and develop inclusive solutions together, putting ideas into action for a more equitable future. We are investing in community-based research and mapping, education and advocacy, and community engagement to foster better outcomes for youth and young adults who are not connected to school or work.
Maintain the safety net.
What we know: Many resources exist in Forsyth County to help those who are struggling to make ends meet. However, these services are often under-publicized and underutilized. Better coordination of safety net resources could increase the future economic stability of those needing crisis support. It would mitigate disruptions that have a disproportionate impact on the working poor, parents of young children, and youth disconnected from school or work.
What we do: We’re working to create resilience to shocks and stresses experienced by people with low incomes. We’ve developed a funding strategy to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the local safety net system via coordination and alignment.
Updates and Reports
The Trust engaged ncIMPACT to give advice on developing an overall strategy for our Local Impact Funding. The ncIMPACT team analyzed demographic data, the results of an electronic survey of Forsyth residents and workers, and comments recorded during interviews and focus groups to distill the county’s present challenges.
Our Grantmaking Strategies
We leverage a variety of strategies to advance our goals, across all programs, initiatives, and bodies of work.
Activating Change With Our Values
We start by listening. Believe in communities. Engage unlikely partners. Employ a place-based approach. Believe equity is essential to everything we do. Focus on outcomes. Support scale and sustainability.
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