There are more antipoverty nonprofits spending more money in poor cities than in wealthy ones. Yet individuals in the poorest areas are still underserved compared to those in wealthier cities.

This is the key finding in a new study of Los Angeles-area nonprofits by economist Pascale Joassart-Marcelli of the University of Massachusetts- Boston and geographer Jennifer R. Wolch of the University of Southern California.

“Although the number of institutions and the level of expenditure...

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