If there is one thing to be learned from the recent presidential election, it is that everyone - regardless of race, creed, or religion - needs to feel that they have a stake in their communities. And many have not.
While the divide between rural and urban communities is as old as the Republic itself, many now wonder if that divide can be bridged. The surprise with which the outcome caught many on both sides of the aisle underscores the dangers that arise when we source information inside a bubble or echo-chamber of like-minded friends and colleagues.
We in the nonprofit community must always be wary of the echo-chamber.
From the perspective of your state association of charitable nonprofits, we see differences between the needs and resources of urban communities and rural communities, and the organizations which serve them. To move forward as a sector, state, and nation, we must seek to understand in order to better enrich our communities for all.
Below are some recent articles which we think will be helpful:
Bloomberg | Trump's Data Team Saw a Different America - and They Were Right
New York Times | 6 Books to Help Understand Trump's Win
The American Conservative | Trump: The Tribune of Poor White People
NWB | 7 agreements for productive conversations during difficult times
Nonprofit Quarterly | Advocates Must Retool for an Overwhelmingly Republican Landscape