Economic Mobility and the Infrastructure of Opportunity: What Foundations Can Do

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 8:30am - 10:30am CDT
Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, 101 Fifth Street East, Suite 2400, Mississippi River Room, Saint Paul, MN 55101

This member-initiated briefing is co-sponsored by The Saint Paul Foundation, the Bush Foundation and Greater Twin Cities United Way.

Description: David Dodson will present and then enter into an informal dialogue with us about what foundations can to do to support economic mobility in our communities. Dodson is president of MDC, a national nonprofit organization based in Durham, NC. 

MDC is renowned nationally for its work to achieve equity and opportunity in the South. Foundations including Ford, Lumina, Gates and others have entrusted MDC with implementing their multi-million dollar initiatives to achieve equity and economic mobility. MDC designs and staffs the work and commissions evaluations of the work’s results. MDC has learned – and has taught – a great deal about how we might work best and smartest to move towards equity and opportunity.

A light breakfast will be provided.

Speaker Bio: David Dodson has directed major projects to increase student success in public schools and community colleges, address regional economic decline, strengthen community philanthropy and build multiracial leadership across the South and the nation. He frequently speaks around the country on the imperative of advancing equity and opportunity for low-wealth and marginalized communities and has advised major philanthropic foundations on strategies to address poverty and reduce social disparities, based on the premise that “society benefits when everyone succeeds.” Dodson received his bachelor’s degree in architecture and urban policy from Yale University, a master’s degree in ethics and theology from Yale Divinity School and a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of organization and management. He is a member of the boards of the Public Welfare Foundation, the Center for Law and Social Policy and Durham Technical Community College. Prior to joining MDC, he served as executive director of the Cummins Foundation and director of corporate responsibility for Cummins, a Fortune 500 manufacturer of diesel power systems based in Columbus, Ind., that is widely recognized for its ethical performance.

Register by: Monday, April 11, 2016*

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