For more than 45 years, MDC has been publishing reports and commenting on our findings, all based on our research and wide-ranging experience working in fields ranging from job training to postsecondary success to Passing Gear Philanthropy. Publications range from our signature State of the South reports to specific publications that have had a significant impact in the areas they address, and our commentaries range from small-town newspapers to blogs to The New York Times.
State of the South
The State of the South is MDC’s flagship publication, published since 1997. It became the mission of MDC, through The State of the South, to paint a clear portrait of the region and spell out critical recommendations for economic and social advancement.
The 2010-2011 edition of The State of the South, written in three chapters, examined how, after a “gilded age” that followed the dismantling of legal segregation and the brief rise of a broad middle class, two recessions in a decade exposed structural weaknesses that were never fully addressed. The report says the region must realign its educational systems; emphasis the importance of postsecondary credentials and their connection to economic wellbeing; and create new leadership and a renewed sense of connection among citizens.
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In MDC’s work with community partnerships, we sometimes think of Henry Ford’s quote: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Building and sustaining a partnership that can successfully achieve large scale, system-...
Today’s blog post comes from Jessica McQuaig, a junior at Northern High School in Durham, N.C., and MDC’s 2013-2014 YO:Durham intern. YO stands for Youth Opportunity, and YO:Durham interns attend a Summer Career Academy and receive...
In late 2012, Grantmakers In Health (GIH) hosted a meeting with leaders from the philanthropic, civic, academic, and nonprofits sectors in New Orleans. The topic: how philanthropy can “promote health and equity” in the South—and how...