5 Nonprofits Tackling Poverty and Other Women’s Issues

From neighborhood associations that meet a few times a year to large foundations with millions in assets, there are numerous nonprofit organizations in the United States that are working tirelessly to help others and address important societal issues.

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations include public charities, private foundations, as well as chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues. Nonprofits make up over 10 percent of all private sector employment in the country, account for more than 11.4 million employees according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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These 5 States Had 4 Years of Consecutive Poverty Decline

California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and North Carolina: For the fourth consecutive year between 2012 and 2017, these five states had a decline in poverty rates according to the 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) conducted by the United States Census Bureau. The ACS is an ongoing survey that generates vital data including information helping  to determine how more than $675 billion in federal and state funds are distributed.

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LA Family Housing is One of Dateline’s “Angels of Skid Row”

Of the half a million people across America homeless at any given time, a quarter reside in California, with 55,000 in Los Angeles alone. Los Angeles’ Skid Row, 52 square blocks of blight, has the highest concentration of homeless in America.

Skid Row came about under unofficial policy of containment, but now thousands of homeless are spilling out into other areas in LA creating an even greater crisis.

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Unspoken Issues Impacting Women: Poverty, Health, Sexual Exploitation and Self-Confidence

From its title alone, you can tell this panel was a little different from the others. Wide-ranging in scope, yet narrow in its focus on issues that derail women from advancing in life, the conversations held on stage focused on topics people are sometimes uncomfortable talking about including sexual exploitation and poverty.

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The Investing in Opportunity Act: Private-Public Partnerships Helping Low-Income Communities

In December 2017 Congress passed the heavily-debated GOP tax bill, with highlighted features such as a $1.5 trillion tax cut, lowered tax rates for individuals and corporations, a cap on mortgage interest deduction at $750,000, and a doubling of the standard deduction and child tax credit. The effects of these changes might make an impact on affordable housing in high-tax states as Americans adapt to decreasing home prices, new caps on mortgage and tax deductions and limits on HELOC deductibility. 

While the new tax bill has stirred concern over housing affordability in states with high taxes, especially those located in the Northeast, West Coast and South Florida, attention has now been focused on an aspect of the bill that could help rather than hinder distressed, low-income communities. According to the 2017 Distressed Communities Index by the Economic Innovation Group, one in six Americans, approximately 17 percent of the population, live in economically distressed communities, and the average state has 15.2 percent of its population living in these struggling areas. 

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First Lady of Illinois Delivering Keynote Address at NAWRB Conference

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is honored to announce that Diana Mendley Rauner, Ph.D., President of the Ounce of Prevention Fund and First Lady of Illinois, will deliver a Keynote Address during the 2018 NAWRB 5th Annual Conference, “Year of Women,” on July 29th-31st in Chicago, IL at The Standard Club.

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Helping Women have a Home for the Holidays

Held on October 26, 2017, the 18th Annual WISEPlace “A Home for the Holidays” took place in Orange, CA celebrating the success stories of women creating better lives. WISEPlace transforms the lives of women every year by providing “safe, affordable transitional housing, healthy meals, financial-empowerment curriculum and employment assistance” helping women escape homelessness and gain independence.

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Happy Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

November 19th is Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED), a global observance celebrating women entrepreneurs and generating solutions to support women’s advancement. This Sunday will mark the fourth anniversary of WED; the first installment was introduced in New York City at the United Nations in 2014 and was recognized by 144 countries.

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House Passes New GOP Tax Plan

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the GOP tax reform plan that has been the subject of widespread discussion and analysis in recent weeks. The bill, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed with a 227-205 vote and carries with it major financial consequences for consumers, homeowners and businesses alike.

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New Tax Plan: Effects on Affordable Housing and Small Businesses

The number of affordable housing units could be reduced by nearly 1 million under the proposed GOP tax bill, according to Novogradac & Company, a San Francisco-based national accounting firm. For Americans who utilize and depend on subsidized housing, being subjected to rising rents that currently exhibit a 2.7 percent year-over-year increase is all but impossible.

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