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Thank you for your support!

The Center may close, but thanks to the UNC School of Law and other friends, the our work will continue. If you want to contribute to our ongoing focus on poverty in NC, please consider a donation.

Gifts can be made online or by mail. For online gifts, visit and click the "Give Now" button. Choose the "NC Poverty Research Fund" from the dropdown box. For gifts by mail, please visit the previous link for instructions and mailing address.

Money aside, we've been floored, humbled and inspired by your kind words and other gestures of support. Thank you!

BOG decision to close the Poverty Center

On Feb. 18, a working group of the UNC Board of Governors recommended that the Poverty Center be "discontinued." The full board voted to close the Poverty Center, along with two other centers, at its Feb. 27 meeting in Charlotte.

Statements and testimonials related to this decision.

Below is a selection of news articles about the BOG decision. The UNC School of Law is maintaining a more complete list.

The Poverty Center is funded entirely by private money. View sources of funding and expenditures.

Low wage work in North Carolina

Low wage work is a large and growing part of the state economy. As such, it's important to understand its impact. How many people does it affect? Who is most likely to be a low wage worker? What industries employ the largest number of low wage workers? To help answer these questions, the Center is excited to offer a new website on low wage work.

The website was researched and designed by master's students in the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning for the Poverty Center under the supervision of Professor T. William Lester. This highly interactive website provides a rich trove of information on low wage work.

The website's charts and maps can be filtered and shared, plus their data can be downloaded for further analysis. This site is a great tool for anyone interested in a closer look at one of the defining characteristics of our state (and national) economy.

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