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A Guide to Understanding      Poverty in America                    Andrew Sears                Executive Director        ...
Dominant Civil Rights Narrative:The Great White Savior            People of Women        Disabled      GLBT       Environm...
Change in Income Distribution(1947-1979)
Change in Income (1977-1994)    1977-1994Source: Economic Policy Institute
Change in Income
Source: http://www.businesspundit.com/wealth-distribution-in-the-united-states/
Tax Cuts for the Richest 400 Americans were $18 billion(or 26% of the budget of the US Department of Education)   Source: ...
Top 1% in the USA Receive 75%of Benefits of Economic Growth• The poorest 50% globally have 1% of wealth• Richest 2% own ha...
Decreasing Minimum WageSource: http://www.businesspundit.com/wealth-distribution-in-the-united-states/
Source: http://www.businesspundit.com/wealth-distribution-in-the-united-states/
The USA spends more on its militarythan the next 15 countries combinedWelfare accounts for only 1 percent of the US federa...
Why Health Care and Social Security Are Issues of JusticeSource: http://www.businesspundit.com/wealth-distribution-in-the-...
Changing Trends in ImprisonmentSource: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Mass Incarceration in America •   There are more African Americans under     correctional control today than were     ensl...
Injustice & Unwed Teen BirthsNational Center for Health Statistics, 1999http://www.beverlylahayeinstitute.org/articledispl...
High School Graduation Crisis    Only 50.2% of Black and 53.2% of Latino students     graduate compared to 73.4% national...
High School Graduation RatesSource: http://www.urban.org/publications/410934.html
Importance of College     Only 30% of low-income Black and Latino      students go on to college compared to      78% of ...
Education and Income        1979-1993Source: When Work Disappears
Education and Unemploymenthttp://www.epi.org/economic_snapshots/entry/minorities_less-educated_workers_see_staggering_rate...
Wealth Inequalities by Race
The Problem:             Social Leprosy  “Eleven o’clock Sunday morning is themost segregated hour in America.” – MLK
What Does the “Tech” Mean inTechMission Corps   TechMission’s values are Jesus, then    Justice, then Technology   Start...
Church Giving & Missions                                                                      $390 Billion    Missions    ...
Christian Volunteering: Serving InsideChurch vs. Outside Community22.1 million FBO volunteers in USAValue of FBO Volunteer...
TechMission’s Focus & OtherLower Class Culture Nonprofits         White   Black       Latino        AsianUpperMiddleLower ...
The Systemic Barrier: Funding Biasand Indigenous Organizations   Indigenous = race, class, gender & culture    of communi...
Funding Bias: Non-Whites Make Up 52.4%      Of Poverty But Non-White Led Nonprofits      Only Receive 3% of Fundinghttp://...
Why Does Only 3% of FoundationFunding Go to Nonprofits Led by Peopleof Color? Statistics are explained in the attached spr...
Religious Restrictions =Racial Bias  Literacy test for voting in the 1950’s has   been replaced with religious tests for ...
How to Get Funding fromFoundations   Be White     ◦ 97% of foundation funding goes toward White-       led nonprofits   ...
TechMission’s Vision:    Connecting People to the Poor        $18.17 trillion:                                      $390 b...
Ezekiel 37:1-6 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle ...
Ezekiel 37:7-14 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the...
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  1. 1. A Guide to Understanding Poverty in America Andrew Sears Executive Director TechMission
  2. 2. Dominant Civil Rights Narrative:The Great White Savior People of Women Disabled GLBT Environment Color 70’s-80’s 80’s-90’s 90’s-00’s 00’s-10’s 60’s-70’s Upper 80% of benefits and effort Middle Lower 80% of need• Assumes that all injustice for these groups has already been addressed• Disproportionate effort focused on upper class issues rather than the poor
  3. 3. Change in Income Distribution(1947-1979)
  4. 4. Change in Income (1977-1994) 1977-1994Source: Economic Policy Institute
  5. 5. Change in Income
  6. 6. Source: http://www.businesspundit.com/wealth-distribution-in-the-united-states/
  7. 7. Tax Cuts for the Richest 400 Americans were $18 billion(or 26% of the budget of the US Department of Education) Source: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3090
  8. 8. Top 1% in the USA Receive 75%of Benefits of Economic Growth• The poorest 50% globally have 1% of wealth• Richest 2% own half the world’s wealthSources: http://www.businesspundit.com/wealth-distribution-in-the-united-states/http://newsmine.org/
  9. 9. Decreasing Minimum WageSource: http://www.businesspundit.com/wealth-distribution-in-the-united-states/
  10. 10. Source: http://www.businesspundit.com/wealth-distribution-in-the-united-states/
  11. 11. The USA spends more on its militarythan the next 15 countries combinedWelfare accounts for only 1 percent of the US federal budget
  12. 12. Why Health Care and Social Security Are Issues of JusticeSource: http://www.businesspundit.com/wealth-distribution-in-the-united-states/
  13. 13. Changing Trends in ImprisonmentSource: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  14. 14. Mass Incarceration in America • There are more African Americans under correctional control today than were enslaved in 1850 • More African Americans cannot vote today (due to felony laws) than in 1870 • The imprisonment rate in the USA is the highest in the world at 4 times the world average • The Black imprisonment rate is 6.4 times that of Whites 14 times the global averageSource: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindnesshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration_in_the_United_States
  15. 15. Injustice & Unwed Teen BirthsNational Center for Health Statistics, 1999http://www.beverlylahayeinstitute.org/articledisplay.asp?id=2573&department=BLI&categoryid=datadigest
  16. 16. High School Graduation Crisis  Only 50.2% of Black and 53.2% of Latino students graduate compared to 73.4% nationally ◦ Graduation cuts chances of poverty in half and boosts income by 49% from $19,169 to $28,645 ◦ Dropping out increases changes of imprisonment by 350% ◦ Being held back a grade in school more than doubles chances of dropping out of high school ◦ Black and Latino youth represent 58% of all students who drop out although they account for less than 32% of student population ◦ Only 38% of moms under 18 receive a diploma by age 22, compared to 89% for those with no children  For Black men not graduating high school ◦ 60% spend time in prison by their mid-30’s ◦ 72% are unemployedSources: Urban Institute’s Education Policy Center,http://www.childtrends.org/Files/Child_Trends-2010_01_22_FS_DiplomaAttainment.pdfhttp://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/20/national/20blackmen.html
  17. 17. High School Graduation RatesSource: http://www.urban.org/publications/410934.html
  18. 18. Importance of College  Only 30% of low-income Black and Latino students go on to college compared to 78% of high-income White students.  A bachelor’s degree decreases chance of being in poverty from 12.3% to 2.5% and increase their income by 80% from $28,645 to $51,544.Source: Urban Institute’s Education Policy Center
  19. 19. Education and Income 1979-1993Source: When Work Disappears
  20. 20. Education and Unemploymenthttp://www.epi.org/economic_snapshots/entry/minorities_less-educated_workers_see_staggering_rates_of_underemployment/
  21. 21. Wealth Inequalities by Race
  22. 22. The Problem: Social Leprosy “Eleven o’clock Sunday morning is themost segregated hour in America.” – MLK
  23. 23. What Does the “Tech” Mean inTechMission Corps TechMission’s values are Jesus, then Justice, then Technology Start with: What are the needs of the “poor”? Resources & people TechMission uses “Tech” to connect resources & people to the poor ◦ We are the nervous system in the Body of Christ
  24. 24. Church Giving & Missions $390 Billion Missions Global Budgets of Ministry Christian Organizations to the PoorDown from21% in 1965 Sources: Empty Tomb International Bulletin of Missionary Research* US government’s non-military discretionary budget is $350 billion
  25. 25. Christian Volunteering: Serving InsideChurch vs. Outside Community22.1 million FBO volunteers in USAValue of FBO Volunteers= $58.2 billion 2.2 million volunteers serving outside Community = 10% Value = $5.2 Billion 20 million volunteers serving inside congregations = 90% Value = $52.3 BillionSource: Volunteering in America, 2009A study by Lester Salamon of the Institute for Policy Studies of Johns Hopkins,only 7-15% of volunteering through churches helps the larger community Source: Corporation for National and Community Service
  26. 26. TechMission’s Focus & OtherLower Class Culture Nonprofits White Black Latino AsianUpperMiddleLower Leadership and clients
  27. 27. The Systemic Barrier: Funding Biasand Indigenous Organizations Indigenous = race, class, gender & culture of community being served ◦ Most effective organizations Funding Dilemma for Indigenous Leaders ◦ Secular funders often have a bias against lower-class culture and faith-based organizations ◦ Christian resources are disproportionately distributed to White middle & upper class Christians
  28. 28. Funding Bias: Non-Whites Make Up 52.4% Of Poverty But Non-White Led Nonprofits Only Receive 3% of Fundinghttp://www.slideshare.net/rosettathurman/race-matters-in-nonprofits-promoting-diversity-in-our-profession andhttp://www.aecf.org/upload/publicationfiles/executive_transition_survey_report2004.pdf
  29. 29. Why Does Only 3% of FoundationFunding Go to Nonprofits Led by Peopleof Color? Statistics are explained in the attached spreadsheet at: www.urbanministry.org/fundingbias
  30. 30. Religious Restrictions =Racial Bias  Literacy test for voting in the 1950’s has been replaced with religious tests for funding today  How it works ◦ About 2/3 of Black-led nonprofits are in churches or other faith-based organizations ◦ About 2/3 of White-led nonprofits are secular ◦ Not funding faith-based organizations makes White-led nonprofits twice as likely to get fundedStatistics are explained in the attached spreadsheet at:www.urbanministry.org/fundingbias
  31. 31. How to Get Funding fromFoundations Be White ◦ 97% of foundation funding goes toward White- led nonprofits Be Culturally Middle Class ◦ Estimated 95% of leadership of nonprofits is culturally middle class Be Male ◦ While 58% of nonprofit executives are women, the median nonprofit income led by a man has twice the income of a nonprofit led by a womanSources: http://www.aecf.org/upload/publicationfiles/executive_transition_survey_report2004.pdf &http://greenlining.org/publications/pdf/339The class statistic is explained on a previous slide
  32. 32. TechMission’s Vision: Connecting People to the Poor $18.17 trillion: $390 billion: $58.2 billion: Combined incomes of Combined budgets of Value of Faith-Based Christians globally Christian orgs globally Volunteers (USA) UrbanMinistry.org Tens of Millions Web Visitors ChristianVolunteering.org: Millions of Volunteers City Vision College: Tens of thousands of Students TechMission Corps: Thousands of Interns $100’s of MillionsSources: Listed above and International Bulletin of Missionary Research
  33. 33. Ezekiel 37:1-6 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, "O Sovereign LORD, you alone know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD. “
  34. 34. Ezekiel 37:7-14 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live. “ So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army. Then he said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.‘ Therefore prophesy and say to them: This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.’”

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