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April 25, 2013

Framingham State University Sociology Professor Ira Silver is shining the light on nonprofit organizations that are working to close our country’s growing economic opportunity gap.

Dr. Silver is the author of the blog Opportunity for All (, where he writes about smaller nonprofit organizations that are creating second chances for people who are struggling. The blog is a companion to a book he is in the final stages of writing titled, Giving Hope; How Your Generosity Can Restore the American Dream.

“This book introduces readers to nonprofits that are generally not well known because they don’t have the resources to publicize their good works,” Dr. Silver says. “However, they are making very significant social impacts.”

He says private giving has always been something that has brought people together across the political spectrum and that by supporting the types of organizations he’s highlighting, people can take action to restore the American dream.

“There is so much contentiousness nowadays over what the government should or shouldn’t be doing to close the opportunity gap in this country,” Dr. Silver says. “We hear a lot less about what charitable organizations are doing. The book is a guide for people who want their giving to produce change. Readers learn about nonprofits around the country that are producing tangible results, improving the lives of people who are down on their luck.”

Dr. Silver, who recently penned a letter on college access in the New York Times, says his book and blog focus on three areas of opportunity – housing, early childhood education, and access to the post-secondary skills necessary to attain good jobs.

Dr. Silver also recently began teaching a charitable giving course at Framingham State University where students read his book and blog and then visit some of the local nonprofits he profiles.

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About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.

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