One Community at a Time

Nearly a half century after its launch by Governor Terry Sanford, the North Carolina Fund, an ambitious antipoverty initiative, still provides a template for fighting economic inequities.


Scott Cooper remembers walking into the West Baltimore home, seeing mattresses, four of them, stacked against the living-room wall, and asking the woman if she was moving. It was one of his first house visits as a community organizer for a national nonprofit, and his host was a woman in her early sixties who worked two jobs, one as a janitor for the city schools; he doesn’t recall the other. “No,” she told him, the mattresses were for three of her children and four of her grandchildren.

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