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America's 'Vanishing' Middle Class - and What Philanthropy Can Do to Help

Equity of educational opportunity is a shared value, and philanthropy has a responsibility to increase post-high school attainment not just for individuals but also for the nation’s collective well being, said Lumina President/CEO Jamie Merisotis during a discussion on the role of philanthropy on middle-class life at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Council on Foundations.



The Council on Foundations held a discussion on the role of philanthropy on middle-class life. The discussion was hosted by Kai Ryssdal, host and senior editor of American Public Media's "Marketplace," and also featured panelists Don Peck, editor at the Atlantic Media Company; Angela Glover Blackwell, chief executive at PolicyLink; and Jamie P. Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation.

The two-part session examined the instability of the middle class and how this large segment of the population can regain its economic footing. Panelists and other leaders offered insight about the role philanthropy plays in areas that affect many middle-class Americans, such as workforce and business development, partnerships with government, education, and health care.

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How Has the Prolonged Recession Affected the Middle Class? What Can Philanthropy do to Assist in the Economic Recovery? | Nonprofit Quarterly blog | May 1, 2012
Full plenary session webcast | Council on Foundations | 1 hr. 17 min.
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