By Mitch Nauffts, PhilanTopic
(This post originally appeared on PhilanTopic, the Philanthropy News Digest blog, on May 14, 2012 and is reprinted with permission.)
The bad old days of the ’70s and ’80s are a distant memory for many, but New York City in 2012 isn’t without problems. The list includes a public education system that fails too many kids, a chronic shortage of affordable housing, immigrant populations that lack basic protections and rising income inequality.
The city is home, however, to roughly ten thousand nonprofit organizations, some 70 percent of which provide direct services to constituents. A sizable percentage of these groups work at the grassroots level and many have a social justice orientation, working in and with communities and populations that are marginalized and underresourced.
How the good work of these groups can be leveraged more effectively to drive social change was the topic of an interesting panel discussion hosted by Philanthropy New York I was fortunate to attend earlier this spring.