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“Oh boy, here we go again…”

“Oh boy, here we go again…”

In early June, the staff team at Next Stage decided we were ready to connect again in person. We were all in various stages of vaccination and felt we were at a place where it made sense to take our weekly staff meetings off Zoom. Our destination of choice? Well, of...
Reflections from a Summer Fellow

Reflections from a Summer Fellow

By Jacob Hertzinger, Summer Research Intern When applying to be this year’s summer research fellow I set one goal for the summer: to be around incredibly passionate people in the hopes that I could discover my passion. To be completely honest when I accepted the...
DEI: Trust the Experts

DEI: Trust the Experts

In the words of James Baldwin, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” In 2014, the Chetty Study ranked Charlotte 50 out of 50 for economic mobility. This study revealed that children who are born into poverty will...
The Missing Ingredient Holding Charlotte Back

The Missing Ingredient Holding Charlotte Back

Today we’re going to take a deep dive into one of the key findings of our recent Social Good Report, specifically the chapter on Social Mobility: “Companies involved in social impact strategies are recognizing the important role community-based organizations play in...
Why Sustainability Matters for Every Charlotte Business

Why Sustainability Matters for Every Charlotte Business

by Josh Jacobson We released the Social Good Report 2021: Profit & Purpose earlier this month and the feedback thus far has been super strong. As we hope you have had a chance to read, we highlight the many different ways nonprofits can be “vendors of social good”...
Profit & Purpose: What Now?

Profit & Purpose: What Now?

by Josh Jacobson By now, it is my hope that you have had a chance to download and skim our recent publication The Social Good Report: Profit & Purpose, our first annual community study focused on themes impacting social good in the Queen City. We have received so...
Meet Jacob Hertzinger, Next Stage’s 2021 Summer Fellow

Meet Jacob Hertzinger, Next Stage’s 2021 Summer Fellow

My name is Jacob Hertzinger and I am the 2021 Summer Research Fellow at Next Stage. First off, I am a freshman political science student at Davidson College on the pre-law track as well as a Bonner scholar. I enjoy politics, podcasts, learning languages and gardening....