Introducing Our New Initiative: Policy MovesWednesday 21, December 2016
By Debra Chasnoff, President/Senior Producer | blog
I was excited about our new initiative, Policy Moves, before the election, but now I know it is absolutely crucial to any effort to implement serious, innovative, progressive policies over the next four years.
GroundSpark is partnering with public interest organizations and government agencies to showcase the best new solutions to address income inequality, climate change, and social injustice.
When we went to Hazard, Kentucky earlier this year for Policy Moves, I met Lora Campbell at six in the morning in front of a subsidized daycare center where she was dropping off her granddaughter.
With the coal industry collapsing, the ability of Lora’s husband to maintain steady employment is tenuous at best. She’s grateful for her minimum wage job selling second-hand clothes, but is only able to go to work every day because the local community development agency built this facility with a mix of public and private investment.
I’m a working granny and it helps me a lot,” Lora says. It costs me only $5 a day. I probably couldn’t work if I had to keep her all the time.”
Unlocking Investment in Rural America, the short film we created in which Lora appears, is part of our new Policy Moves project. We partnered with the Obama administration and CFED, a major public interest public policy organization focused on addressing income inequality.
In just a few months, this film has helped channel over $400 million into community development organizations in places like Hazard, KY!
You can watch the film right now on our Policy Moves website.
“Groundspark succeeded in elevating an issue too long ignored, bringing it to leading philanthropists, policymakers and investors and engaging them in the solution. Your ability to listen, adapt to the needs of the stakeholders, and create a product of beauty is unequalled.”
—Andrea Levere, President, CFED
Regardless of who is in the White House, GroundSpark is working every day to use film to ignite change, address issues of injustice, and advocate for equality.
As you plan your year-end giving, we would be honored to have your support for GroundSpark’s ongoing Respect for All Project and our new initiative, Policy Moves. Join us with your tax-deductible gift today.
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