Wealth Pancakes: Returns on Investment that can accelerate closing the wealth gap while rebuilding every “hood” in America

Ebony Edwards April 1, 2023

It’s projected to take 208 years to close the wealth gap. Damn! Just as eating one pancake can feel like an incomplete meal for the consumer and a waste of resources for the chef, current strategies for building wealth among people of color often involve isolated solutions, limiting potential benefits for both beneficiaries and investors. Who eats one pancake? A radical approach suggests capitalizing entire distressed communities. With 15,341 distressed communities in America, they hold the greatest potential to stack pancakes and accelerate wealth for people of color and generate the greatest ROI for the pancake supply chain. 




Racial equity, racial justice, economic justice, community wealth building, entrepreneurship, ecosystems, real estate development, opportunity zone investing, investing, philanthropic investment, urban, inclusive economies, community ownership, community development, economic development, place-based investing, local economies, neighborhoods, housing, concentrated poverty

Purpose and Desired Outcome

To workshop with the audience a new economic framework for creating, sustaining, and accelerating wealth and equity in economically distressed neighborhoods; To expose and encourage the audience towards a bold approach that is ready for implementation; To provide a lightning round to work through hurdles and barriers to implementation


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Government


  • NameEbony Edwards
  • TitleFounder CEO
  • OrganizationNeighborbuilt
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameDaniel Edwards
  • TitleOwner, the Cleaner & CRO
  • OrganizationEastside Lumber
  • StatusConfirmed
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