The NAACP Economic Department recognizes the importance of the economy and economic issues in advancing an equal opportunity society and aims to address the challenging economic realities facing our country including poverty, lack of jobs and disproportionate high unemployment, lack of affordable housing, foreclosures, etc. The NAACP Economic Department’s work enhances the capacity of African Americans and other underserved groups through financial economic education; individual and community asset building initiatives; diversity and inclusion in business hiring, career advancement and procurement; and monitoring financial banking practices.

Economic Department Goals

  • Empower local communities with the necessary education, resources and partnerships to develop sustainable economic models that advance diversity and equity.
  • Ensure that government and industry are knowledgeable, and committed to bridging racial inequality particularly as it relates to employment, wealth, lending and business ownership.
  • Grow a movement of concerned citizens and organization who work together to produce an inclusive and strong middle class economy for the 21st century.

Economic Opportunity Game Changer

A chance to live the American Dream for all. Every person will have an equal opportunity to achieve economic success, sustainability, and security.

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The Latest on Economic Opportunity

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Two Part Twitter Town Hall where students share their experience with financing college and then discuss how they manage their expenses and debt while in school.

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NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued the following statement on the North Carolina Legislature’s Repeal of HB2.

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The NAACP and the National Head Start Association (NHSA) have announced an historic joint initiative aimed at empowering the country’s most vulnerable families by facilitating voter registration, health care enrollment, and fair housing advocacy at Head Start centers across the county.


Partner Organizations

Organizations that the NAACP Economic Program partners with in an effort to provide financial services and education to the community.

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Diversity in Franchising Program

Resources about franchising as a business opportunity as well as franchise opportunities with Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins.

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Reports and Issues

Opportunity and Diversity Report Cards, Legislation and more.

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Economic Education Resources

Toolkits, presentations and guides on wealth inequality & asset building, credit rehabilitation, financial planning and mortgage assistance and foreclosure recovery.

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The Angle was publication that providing an overview of the National Economic Department’s work around key Economic Justice issues.

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Economic Internships

Help the Economic Department’s work to address the economic challenges facing the African American community and other underserved groups.

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