Featured Resources From the Field

The Color of Entrepreneurship: Why the Racial Gap Among Firms Costs the U.S. Billions

This report from Center for Global Policy Solutions documents the changes in the economic status of businesses owned by people of color between 2007 and 2012. Although most privately held businesses do not have employees, this analysis focuses mainly on the businesses that do have paid employees because of their greater economic impact. Data for the analysis was culled from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners (SBO), which is conducted every five years.

The Steep Climb to Economic Opportunity for Vulnerable Families

This CFED report summarizes the key findings from the 2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard and provides a deeper look at the racial wealth divide and the outcome and policy data trends over time and across states in the Scorecard’s five issue areas: Financial Assets & Income, Businesses and Jobs, Housing & Homeownership, Education and Health Care. The report also includes an infographic of the overall adoption of the 69 Scorecard policies across the states, which allows you to see at-a-glance which states have adopted the most policies and which policies have been adopted by the most states.

Building Wealth Through Tax Reform: Opportunities for Grantmakers

Increasingly, national, state, and local funders  are supporting work to advance progressive, equitable, and inclusive  tax  policies. This brief from the Asset Funders Network and written by Asset Building Strategies founder — and PolicyLink consultant — Heather McCulloch, shines a light on federal and state tax reform efforts and the catalytic role philanthropy can play to take these efforts to scale. According to AFN, the brief also looks at a suite of approaches that funders are investing in, or exploring, to expand asset-building opportunities through tax reform.