MDC launches Passing Gear Philanthropy Institute to equip Southern foundations to address barriers to opportunity and inclusion

After 15 years equipping individual foundations to invest in solutions to the South’s most pressing challenges, MDC will expand its approach to reach cohorts of Southern foundations through a new Passing Gear Philanthropy Institute.Continue reading MDC launches Passing Gear Philanthropy Institute to equip Southern foundations to address barriers to opportunity and inclusion

‘This is nothing short of a crisis’: MDC facilitation supports setting N.C. postsecondary attainment goal

The myFutureNC Commission proposes a statewide education attainment goal: Two million 25- to 44-year-olds with a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential by 2030. MDC staff served as facilitators, advisors, and partners in the myFutureNC Commission’s year of research, community outreach, deliberations, and writing, supported by grants from the Lumina Foundation and the John M. Belk Endowment.Continue reading ‘This is nothing short of a crisis’: MDC facilitation supports setting N.C. postsecondary attainment goal

Atlanta meeting kicks off grant by JPMorgan Chase & Co. for Network for Southern Economic Mobility

A meeting this week in Atlanta kicked off a $75,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to MDC in support of the Network for Southern Economic Mobility, a group of Southern communities committed to increasing upward economic mobility for youth and young adults in the lowest income brackets .Continue reading Atlanta meeting kicks off grant by JPMorgan Chase & Co. for Network for Southern Economic Mobility

Making College Accessible to Everyone: A Q&A with Russell Lowery-Hart, President Amarillo College

Amarillo College President Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, a partner in MDC’s Partners for Postsecondary Success initiative, is becoming a national model for how to infuse a community college’s culture with the understanding that poverty is a major barrier to student completion and success.Continue reading Making College Accessible to Everyone: A Q&A with Russell Lowery-Hart, President Amarillo College