Opinion
August 01, 2017
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Philanthropy’s Neglect of the Suburban Poor Hurts Us All

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Poverty in places like Harvey, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, has escalated over the years, but the suburbs have far fewer resources to help the poor than cities do.

When I began work on Places in Need, my recent book tracing the rise of poverty in suburban America, I spent hundreds of hours with suburban nonprofit executives. I came to know an executive director of a community foundation in a suburban region...

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