BCF Spotlight Event: Poverty, Income Inequality and Our Community
Nearly two hundred guests filled the Brookline Teen Center on February 26 for a sold-out event hosted by the Brookline Community Foundation (BCF). The event focused on poverty and income inequality in Brookline, featuring the findings of BCF's most recent research publication, Understanding Brookline: A Report on Poverty, as well as a keynote address by Barry Bluestone, Stearns Trustee Professor of Political Economy at the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University.
During the event BCF Executive Director Jenny Amory shared that many residents were surprised with the finding in this report that "nearly 30%, or one in three, of Brookline residents live with economic insecurity – which is 300% of poverty."
How can you help?
- Build Understanding: Share this report with your neighbors.
- Get Involved: Volunteer with a local organization making a difference.
- Make a Difference: Contribute to BCF's Brookline Forward campaign.
Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Boston Portfolio Advisers; Bove & Langa, P.C.; Brookline Bank; Chobee Hoy Associates Real Estate, Inc.; Eastern Bank; Kaplan Construction; Law Office of Robert L. Allen, Jr., LLP; Mason Investment Advisory Services, Inc.; Smith, Sullivan and Brown, P.C. and TripAdvisor.
BCF launched the Understanding Brookline: A Report on Poverty, a follow up to Understanding Brookline: Emerging Trends and Changing Needs. The finding that has garnered the most attention from the first Understanding Brookline report is the 13% poverty rate (based on the 2010 U.S. Census) in Brookline.Understanding Brookline: A Report on Poverty explains who makes up the 13%, what factors cause financial stress, and highlights Brookline agencies already addressing poverty and the resources they currently provide. To engage the community in a discussion of the report's findings, BCF will host an Understanding Brookline forum at the Brookline Teen Center on February 26, 2015.
Brookline Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that exists to promote a strong, engaged and inclusive community. BCF identifies and raises awareness of community needs, creates forums for public dialogue and problem solving, inspires philanthropy and volunteerism, and advances equal access to community resources and opportunities while strengthening and sustaining local nonprofits.
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We work with community groups to assess needs and solve problems through targeted grantmaking.
We lead on important community issues to identify levers of change and to move Brookline forward.
|Speakers for the BCF Spotlight Event: Poverty, Income Inequality and Our Community held on February 26.|
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