STATE OF THE SOUTH 2007: Philanthropy as the South's "Passing Gear" calls upon the region's philanthropic organizations to think more creatively and act more boldly to help the South address its self-limiting inequities and spur its compet
Economy is No Excuse to Ignore Children in Poverty
About 34 years ago, Brenda Anwar dropped out of high school. She didn't think it was important, and she didn't like the teachers. It seemed like a simple enough decision at the time, but it was a choice that would lead her down a hard, rut-filled road.
Across the South, Growth is Still Impeded
Sobering Report Spurs Action, Spawns Initiative
The News & Observer (September 2011) - The East Durham Children's Initiative was inspired by a 2008 report from Durham nonprofit MDC, "Disconnected Youth in the Research Triangle Region: An Ominous Problem Hidden in Plain Sight."
Young Adult Education Gets a Boost
The News & Observer (July 2011) - The two-year grant is part of an initiative by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to double the number of young adults who earn a "postsecondary credential" - such as a degree or a professional license or certification for a trade - by 2025.
Gates Funds Post-secondary Effort
The Philanthropy Journal (July 2011) - The Raleigh project joins two others in Amarillo and Brownsville, Texas, that previously received seven-month planning grants from the Gates Foundation and now have received grants to launch their projects.
Editorial: Now is the time to begin work
Amarillo Globe News (July 2011) - The goal is huge: to slice away at the percentage of young people who lack either a high school diploma or any post-high school education. The payoff for success is equally significant: an increase in a qualified labor pool that becomes a magnet for employers.
Amarillo Area Foundation gets $1.3M grant
Amarillo Globe News (July 2011) - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $1.3 million grant to the Amarillo Area Foundation to continue Amarillo's participation in The Partners for Postsecondary Success initiative, part of a Gates strategy to double the number of young adults who earn credentials beyond high school by 2025.
United Way Receives $1.3 Million Grant
KVEO 23 (NBC) Rio Grande Valley (July 2011) - The United Way of southern Cameron County has been awarded $1.3 million in grant money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One of the goals of the grant is to increase the number of jobs within the community for young adults who have a post secondary education.