Poverty, Opportunity, and Equity: The Future of Philanthropy and Social Change With Wes Moore

On this episode of the Capital for Good podcast, host Georgia Levenson Keohane speaks with Wes Moore — bestselling author, combat veteran, social entrepreneur, chief executive officer of the Robin Hood Foundation, and one of the country’s leading voices on issues of economic opportunity and social and racial equity.

Wes Moore discusses Robin Hood’s response to the COVID-19 crisis in New York City, where it has successfully raised and deployed more than $65 million in emergency relief across hundreds of organizations. We also examine how the deep social, economic, and racial disparities that existed in health, wealth, income, employment, educational outcomes, justice involvement, etc. that existed pre-COVID have informed and centered Robin Hood’s work in the pandemic. Moore walks us through some of the ways in which Robin Hood has begun to address the structural biases and inequities in philanthropy that have resulted, historically, in drastic under-funding of organizations led by people of color. We also touch on the role of philanthropy in advocating for anti-racist and anti-poverty policy, the role of business in promoting racial equity, and the power of storytelling, as exemplified by Moore’s latest book, Five Days. “I choose to be one of the people who chooses hope,” Moore says. “While progress is not inevitable, it is possible, and that becomes our role and our responsibility: to really push for that progress that we think is important when it comes to creating a better future.”

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