Make It Charlotte

Charlotte is ranked 50 out of 50 in upward mobility, meaning that it’s harder to escape poverty here than in any other big city in the country

At the same time that our city struggles to close the opportunity gap, 60 people a day are moving to Charlotte in search of their own opportunity.

Surrounded by parking lots and skyscrapers, the Brooklyn Collective stands as a reminder of what’s at stake if we don’t find solutions beyond zero-sum.


It's Time We Make It Work . . . Together.

Make It Work is a 501c3 nonprofit that uses data to identify barriers to economic mobility and drive collective action.

Where do we start?

Our answer is simple: The Brooklyn Collective



Rather than competing with other efforts currently underway, we see a unique opportunity to align place with purpose.

How will we do it?

Narrowing down problems to create actionable solutions

Make It Work will activate space at the Brooklyn Collective to gather civic-minded “makers” (creatives, entrepreneurs, problem-solvers, non-profits, etc.) to fill gaps with knowledge, resources, and connections.

Why it matters?

Systems change takes time. We don't have time to waste.

The best path to change is experimentation.

Make It Work will catalyze our collective potential & grow our local economy from the ground up

Brick By Brick

Our Strategic Initiatives, Programs, and Upcoming Events 

(We are currently updating this section – Please check back January 5th 2020)

“The Brooklyn Collective’s Grace and MICo buildings are special, architecturally and culturally. The significance of these buildings on this block in a city that struggles to preserve history, especially that of displaced black communities, cannot be overstated. Where the buildings go from here will matter.”
Katie Levins, The Charlotte Agenda
Among the buildings is Grace AME Zion Church, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. It has always served as a safe space to solve community issues that people in the Black community couldn’t talk about elsewhere. Although it was sold to the historic commission over 20 years ago, The Brooklyn Collective team now wants to be able to positively influence the very things that were performed on those same grounds since the 1880s.  
Deanna Taylor, Charlotte Five

Help us make it even better

Change doesn’t happen in a moment… it happens in a movement. Can you help us make it work?

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