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.

Economic Programs Highlights

The Economic Inclusion Plans (EIP) are a resource for community residents, elected officials, and stakeholders to alleviate systematic, government-sanctioned racial discrimination through beneficial economic policy and programmatic solutions. For each EIP, the NAACP analyzed how each of these cities – each marked by a history of police brutality and social unrest – fare in the face of the economic inequalities that afflict them. View the reports below:

Twin Cities Economic Inclusion Plan - NAACPTwin Cities – Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN Report

This Twin Cities Economic Inclusion Plan (EIP) serves as more than just another report. In recognition of the frustration felt by many who believe that “Minnesota has been studied to death,” the NAACP issues this EIP as an admonishment to break the cycle of complacency and inaction that have left racial inequality unchecked in many areas. Read more.

Additional Economic Inclusion Plans:


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The Latest on Economic Opportunity


Reports and Issues

Opportunity and Diversity Report Cards, Legislation and more.

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Resources for State Leaders

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

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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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