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November/December 2017 Newsletter – Community Action Partnership of Oregon

Community Action Partnership of Oregon

CAPO newsletter – November/December 2017
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Leadership Lunch Focuses on Affordable Housing

On October 12, 2017, over 270 leaders from Washington County convened for a conversation on affordable housing at Community Action’s Leadership Lunch. Attendees heard from top business leaders about what affordable housing is, why it matters to our community, and what leaders in the private sector can do to help address this challenge – read more about the event and access speaker videos.

How Millennials Are Changing the Landscape of Nonprofit Giving

A recent article from Forbes examines how organizations can engage Millennial donors (ages 18-38) who are socially motivated but hesitant to donate financially. The author, Justin Miller, examines new substitutes for financial giving that millennials tend toward and suggests a few new ways for nonprofits to respond...

Poverty has decreased in Oregon!

A recent article by the Oregon Employment Department notes that Oregon’s poverty rate dropped more than 2% in 2016, to 13.3% – lows last seen in 2006. Among the states and Washington, D.C., Oregon’s 2016 poverty rate ranked right in the middle at 25th lowest...

Minority Households Do Not Receive Same Share of Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID)

According to Misdirected Investments: How the Mortgage Interest Deduction Drives Inequality and the Racial Wealth Gap (NLIHC), white households disproportionately receive almost 80% of MID benefits while African American households receive only 6% and Latino households only 7%.  If the distribution of MID benefits was racially equitable, African-American households would receive $4.8 billion in additional financial benefit and Latino households $4.1 billion more...

Who Is Poor in the United States?

A new report from the Brookings Institution analyzes the demographics of Americans living in poverty based on recently released annual data from the U.S. Census Bureau.  In 2016, 40.6 million people, or 12.7% of the population, lived in poverty, as defined by the official poverty measure – for example, the 2016 measure for a family of four is an income less than $24,339. 6 million fewer people were living in poverty in 2016 than at the peak of 46.7 million in 2014.

This thorough report examines the population living in poverty over time: how have the characteristics of those living in poverty changed over the past 30 years? They focus particularly on the working-age poor.

Get your social media platforms going!

Last year, M+R partnered with NTEN (a local nonprofit based in Portland and former Meyer grantee) on the 11th Benchmarks Study of nonprofit digital advocacy, fundraising, social and advertising.  The study followed the social media trends of 133 U.S. nonprofits and found that social media platforms have taken center stage in the work of nonprofits and are now essential to reaching vast audiences...

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