Shaping Opportunity: Conversations with the Leading on Opportunity Council

— In this two-part feature, Brian Collier, Leading on Opportunity Council Member and Foundation For The Carolinas Executive Vice President, shares how corporate and private donors are helping non-profit organizations to provide care to residents during COVID-19. View the video.

*Part one of this two-part interview was recorded in June 2020.

By Loán C. Lake, Communications Director | August 10, 2020

Shaping Opportunity: Conversations with the Leading on Opportunity Council is a new video series to introduce you to members of our Council. These interviews highlight the work of our council members to address the disparate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also address systemic barriers to economic mobility as it relates to cross-cutting factors of The Impact of Segregation and Social Capital, outlined in the Leading on Opportunity Task Force Report.

When the COVID-19 Pandemic hit Charlotte-Mecklenburg in March 2020, Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC) teamed up with the United Way of Central Carolinas to activate a "community of giving" that donated almost $20 million to fund grants that have been dispersed to local non-profits through the COVID-19 Response Fund. We spoke with FFTC Executive Vice President and co-author of the Leading on Opportunity Task Force Report, Brian Collier, in June to learn more about how the funds raised were being used to help residents and what the most pressing needs are. Let's tune in to hear how our city, county, and private sector have united to support residents of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

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