Today’s news is inundated with stories of social and economic hardships that low- and middle-class Americans face, from the disheartening state of the country’s health care and public education systems, to the increasing disparity between the have’s and have not’s. In the midst of this all, many of the estimated 1.8 million1 tax-exempt organizations including foundations, public charities and other 501(c) groups seek to meet the needs of the country’s diverse populations and change those systems that seem programmed to perpetuate these problems.

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