McKellogg Poverty Q5

Published by Paola Avendano on

California is the home of a large and forward-thinking private philanthropic and social impact investing sector. However, private philanthropic initiatives are rarely well-integrated with public sector objectives and resources. Government should partner with private-sector and local stakeholders to support effective, evidence-based, and replicable nonprofit-run program models for revitalizing local innovation ecosystems and fostering inclusive economic growth, particularly in low-income and rural areas of the country.

Nonprofits should advocate for government contract rate-setting that enable them to provide ‘good jobs’ (wages, benefits, working conditions) to their employees. As nonprofits, we also need to spend more time listening to the voices of those we purport to serve and be willing to change the way we design and deliver services to align better with community needs.