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This is your Brain on Poverty

WNPR- Connecticut's Public Media Source

CWU President and CEO, Beth Babcock, participated in a broadcast of WNPR's "Where We Live," exploring the psychology and the brain science of poverty, and what's being done to combat the stress it brings.

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Creating Successful Nonprofit Mergers

Stanford Social Innovation Review

In “Why Nonprofit Mergers Continue to Lag,” published in the Spring 2014 issue of SSIR, Katie Smith Milway, Maria Orozco, and Cristina Botero discuss the reasons why there are so few nonprofit mergers and what leaders can do to overcome those hurdles and create more successful ones. To help people understand how to create a successful merger they also present three video interviews with Beth Babcock, President/CEO of Crittenton Women's Union, who ushered the agency's two legacy organizations through the process in 2006.

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Why Nonprofit Mergers Continue to Lag

Stanford Social Innovation Review

The recent economic recession triggered consolidation in a raft of for-profit service industries, from airlines to financial institutions, as companies sought to create more cost-efficient operations and broaden their customer reach. Not so in the nonprofit sector. Despite a downturn in giving by private donors and dramatic cuts in government spending, according to our research the rate of mergers in the nonprofit sector remained flat. Why? And how have organizations like CWU managed to create successful mergers? Katie Smith Milway answers these questions in the spring edition of SSIR.

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Mass. high on the list of working poor women

The Boston Globe

Massachusetts has one of the highest concentrations of poor working women, a new study shows, with nearly half of the state’s low-income households headed by single mothers struggling in low-wage jobs. Advocates for low-income women, including CWU's Vice President of Public Policy, Ruth Liberman, believe supporting women throughout their attainment of higher education is key to remedying this issue.

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Addressing poverty requires holistic approach


There are 10 million single mothers in the United States today. Forty percent of them live below the federal poverty line, a line that is already so far below the actual requirements of self-sufficiency that the federal government has to inflate it when determining need for government assistance. Poverty is not simply a matter of living with less luxury; it’s an all-encompassing trap that destroys pride, optimism, and self-esteem. CWU Vice President of Research and Innovation outlines a change in approach is the foundation of effective anti-poverty solutions.

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