How Philanthropy Can Help Community Development Survive Trump

Workmen with Colorado’s Xcel Energy install solar panels on a rooftop in Boulder. The city is aiming to “municipalize” electricity generation, taking it over from the private utility — one of numerous alternative strategies communities are pursuing for economic development.
Donald Trump will not be president forever, but in his time in office he can do substantial damage in many areas of American life. As one donor told us, “We risk having 40 years of progress in community development unraveled in the next 18 months.”

Principally, that’s because the new administration, along with Republican congressional leaders, is targeting federal spending on social programs and community development — a major bulwark against the consequences of generational poverty and ever-growing wealth inequality. Hundreds of billions of dollars are at risk…

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