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The racial wealth divide is broad and deep in thousands of communities across the United States. The issue of wealth inequality has a multitude of ramifications for communities and families.

In New Orleans, the racial wealth divide is as unique as the people. Much of the divide is due to systemic racism and prejudice, perpetuated by federal policy and privatized prejudice and predation.

The Racial Wealth Divide Initiative at CFED developed this profile to better understand how racial economic inequality affects New Orleans. This profile is also one of the first steps taken under the Building High Impact Nonprofits of Color project, funded by JPMorgan Chase. This project aims to advance best practices and strengthen resources for nonprofits of color.