Siler City Unidos: Working to Unify a Community

The Chatham County town of Siler City is 50 percent Latino — but the town’s leaders and most engaged residents are overwhelmingly white. Sergio Borrayo, a code enforcement officer for the town, says it is hard to engage the Latino population in community life. “I think that a number of people … Continued

Second Helpings: Aiming to Break the Cycle

Drew Doll applied for 138 different jobs in the 30 days after he was released from prison. ​“One-hundred-thirty-seven said no,” Doll said, “But I kept at it.” ​He landed an accounting job and started putting his life back together. But he was troubled by the experience he had, one that’s … Continued

Solving the Problem of Generational Poverty

About two years ago, Kirby Jones and Albert Fisher started talking about the problem of generational poverty. Both men lead nonprofits in Wake County designed to help the poor, but their separate efforts didn’t seem to make lasting change. For years, nonprofit organizations have used a siloed method, Jones said, … Continued

What’s Next for Collaboration?

In an opening session at the What Matters Community Luncheon, over 75 nonprofit leaders gathered to have a candid conversation about collaboration. We talked with Meredith Emmett of Third Space Studio to talk about some of the take-aways shared, and how we can continue learning about this beneficial tool for impact. … Continued