Equitable Growth Fund and NBCSL: The Powerful Alliance

Uniting against resource deserts, NBCSL, NOBEL Women & the Equitable Growth Fund strive for a fairer, resource-rich America for all.

In the vast American societal landscape, areas lacking essential resources such as health care, food, and credit—what we call resource deserts—are not uncommon. Today, a promising partnership between the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women), and the Equitable Growth Fund illuminates a beacon of hope over these under-resourced areas. This alliance aims to quench these deserts with much-needed resources, ensuring overlooked and underserved communities aren't left behind.

NBCSL: Championing Equality and Progress

NBCSL, a steadfast advocate for societal equality, comprises state legislators who strive to spur progress and equality, particularly for the African American community. This organization challenges economic inequality and ensures that banking and financial services reach all, regardless of racial or socioeconomic background.

One of NBCSL's key initiatives is Resolution BED-22-47, titled "Eliminating Health Care, Food, and Credit Deserts." It's a testament to NBCSL's dedication to eradicating disparities in resource availability. They believe that public banks, buoyed by the success of the Bank of North Dakota, might serve as a panacea to financial and credit deserts.

NOBEL Women: Nurturing Communities through Legislation

NOBEL Women, comprised of current and former black women legislators, is dedicated to empowering the black community through legislation and policy changes. With over 380 members across more than 40 states, NOBEL Women influences federal and state policies, impacting over 20 million Americans of all racial backgrounds.

Their Resolution GEA-21-02, "Eliminating Deserts by Making Resources Available to African-American Communities," reaffirms their commitment to this cause.

Equitable Growth Fund: Enacting Data-Driven Change

The Equitable Growth Fund takes a unique, data-driven approach to identifying disparities in resource availability. This think tank directs its efforts and investments toward areas with the highest need, driven by its commitment to promoting equitable growth in underserved areas.

Our Vision

We envision a nation where everyone, regardless of zip code or demographic background, has equitable access to life-enhancing resources, from quality healthcare and education to reliable financial institutions and nourishing food supplies.

Our Tools

To actualize our mission and vision, we employ three primary data-driven tools:

  • Resource Vulnerability Index (RVI): Provides a numerical snapshot of a community's access to critical resources.
  • Adverse Resource Index (ARI): Quantifies resources that might harm a community's growth and well-being.
  • Comprehensive Resource Score (CRS): Provides a holistic overview of the resource landscape in each community.

These tools guide our decision-making processes by providing a comprehensive, data-backed understanding of community resource distribution.

Our Approach

Our approach to addressing resource disparity involves:

  • Identifying areas lacking essential resources or with a prevalence of adverse resources.
  • Addressing these resource gaps through policy advocacy, collaborations with our partners, or direct intervention.
  • Empowering communities with the tools and resources to improve their circumstances fosters self-reliance and resilience.

A Potent Partnership: Confronting Inequality

The alliance of NBCSL, NOBEL Women, and the Equitable Growth Fund creates a powerful coalition against resource deserts. They each bring unique strengths—legislative influence from NBCSL and NOBEL Women and data-driven insights from the Equitable Growth Fund—to the table, making a formidable front against resource deserts.

This partnership is about more than enacting resolutions and missions—creating a future where all communities can access essential resources, regardless of zip codes.

A Bright Future: Equitable Growth for All

In a nation abundant in resources yet marred by uneven distribution, this collaboration marks a crucial step toward equitable growth. It prioritizes healthcare, food, and credit access for everyone, not just a privileged few.

What Lies Ahead?

While this partnership signals a promising start, the journey has just begun. The real task lies in actualizing these commitments through effective policies and programs. It demands a concerted effort from legislators, policymakers, and community leaders. Together, we can transform resource deserts into resource-rich communities and pave the way for a brighter, more equitable future for all Americans.


The partnership between the Equitable Growth Fund, NBCSL, and NOBEL Women signifies a new dawn in the fight against inequality. By harnessing the power of data, they aim to identify and address areas lacking critical resources, paving the way for a fairer, more prosperous America for all. Join us in this mission as we work together to provide resources, foster growth, and ignite prosperity in every zip code across our great nation.

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