Nonprofit Leadership in Orange County: So White

At a meeting last week with many local nonprofit leaders, I learned something not too surprising – the nonprofits in Orange County are largely run by white folks with accompanying huge disparities in assets and revenue when compared to those run by people of color. Across the Triangle, such nonprofits primarily serve communities of color. And according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this is the case across the US. I’m not going to tell you why you should care that, like other sectors, the wealth of our nonprofits is concentrated in the hands of white people.  It has been written about here (racial wealth gap) and here (nonprofit diversity).  But I do want to share our local stats so we have an accurate picture of what we’re facing.

OP Candidate Coming Out Party on February 28, 2018

OrangePolitics will hold our semi-annual Candidate Coming Out Party & Happy Hour on Wednesday, February 28th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Mystery Brewing in their brewery location (437 Dimmock's Mill Road in Hillsborough).

Election Information

Three of our county commissioners are up for re-election – one each in District 1, District 2 and At-Large.

Commissioner Mia Burroughs announced that she will not seek reelection next year. Burroughs was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2014 after serving on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board. She replaced longtime board member Alice Gordon. Former Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board member Jamezetta Bedford has announced that she will file to run for this seat. Bedford also ran for a District 1 seat in 2016.

Commissioner Barry Jacobs (At-Large) and Commissioner Earl McKee (District 2) have said that they will seek re-election.

See UNC Campus From a Carolina Blue Bike

If you have been near campus the past week, you may have seen some snappy Carolina blue bikes zip by. Come take a spin!  Carolina launched Tar Heel Bikes on Wednesday, putting into service 100 bikes that you can pick up at 18 different hubs.  It’s easy: all you do is download the Social Bikes app and ride. The daily plan, which is available to everyone whether or not you have a UNC affiliation, provides one free hour of riding and costs $6/hr., and is prorated after that. 

Tar Heel Bikes is one visible element of our sustainability efforts. On September 25, Carolina celebrated Three Zeros Day, a time to recognize the progress Carolina has made to reduce the campus’ environmental footprint with three goals: net zero water usage, zero waste to landfills and net zero greenhouse-gas emissions.   This year, we announced that:

OP Candidate Questionnaire: Carrboro Candidates for Mayor

This election year, in addition to the two online forums we held, we have asked the candidates for Carrboro Mayor to complete a brief questionnaire. 

Here's a reminder of who's running:

  • Mayor Lydia Lavelle is seeking her third.
  • Challenger Mike Benson

Endorsements Roundup 2017

Organizational endorsements are rolling in, and early voting will begin soon. The spreadsheet below provides a summary of this year's endorsements. (We'll add others as they are announced.) Now it's time for the most important endorsements: yours!

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