February 13, 2017

One way to fight poverty under Trump by Jesus Gerena

Originally published on The Hill here. As the Trump agenda begins to unfurl, millions of Americans living in poverty are bracing for the worst. Repeal of ObamaCare coupled with an overall shrinking of the social “safety net” could be devastating. While these proposals will be fought tooth and nail, we also need to find new ways […]

January 13, 2017

FII Announces Mauricio Lim Miller as President and Jesús Gerena as New CEO to begin April 2017

FII’s board chair, Tony Mayer, and I are writing with great pride to announce a transition in FII’s leadership.As many of you know, I have wanted to take on a less demanding role than the CEO position. We are so pleased to announce that Jesús Gerena, FII’s Managing Partner, will become FII’s CEO on April […]

December 19, 2016

From Guessing to Knowing

From Guessing to Knowing

Over more than 20 years working within the social service sector, I have sat in countless meetings with community members, organizations’ staff and board members, elected officials, and philanthropists seeking to answer the same question: How can we address the pressing problems in our communities? Over and over again, the answer in these rooms has […]

December 7, 2016

Make you year-end gift to FII Families

Make you year-end gift to FII Families

              Dear Friends, At the Family Independence Initiative (FII), we are celebrating the holiday season along with our FII families across the country who continue to impress and inspire us with their hard work and determination to forge their own paths to prosperity. Your gifts to FII have made […]

November 29, 2016

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

                Dear Friends  As 2016 comes to a close, we are reflecting on the past year and our productive partnerships with low-income families across the country and feeling many things: Grateful for friends and supporters, like you, who have chosen to join us in this movement. Inspired by […]

November 9, 2016

FII’s Movement: There is an Alternative to the Trump Followers

As you know, the Family Independence Initiative (FII) was created to counter the negative stereotypes held towards those at the bottom of our economy, primarily women, those of color, refugees, and immigrants.  Last night we were stunned that such a large proportion of people in this country felt it acceptable to elect someone who openly […]

September 27, 2016

Congratulations to our friend and partner, José A. Quiñonez

Congratulations to our friend and partner, José A. Quiñonez

The Family Independence Initiative (FII) invites you to join us in congratulating our friend and partner, José A. Quiñonez, CEO and Founder of Mission Asset Fund. Last week, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named Quiñonez and twenty-two other remarkable individuals with a MacArthur Fellowship — also known as a Genius Grant. Quinones is being […]

September 27, 2016

Crowd Sourcing Solutions To Poverty

Crowd Sourcing Solutions To Poverty

  Fifth in a series of six. Mauricio Lim Miller Founder & CEO Family Independence Initiative The narrative that the best way to help people is to look for what is going wrong in their lives is flawed. The narrative that we can solve poverty with top-down solutions or programs is also flawed. Both of […]

August 22, 2016

What Business Can Teach Us About Fighting Poverty

What Business Can Teach Us About Fighting Poverty

Fourth in a series of six Mauricio Lim Miller Founder & CEO Family Independence Initiative Business has refined the use of gathering direct customer feedback and making business decisions based on non-stop analysis of the data that’s collected. Political campaigns are also able to survey voters directly and adopt strategies based on continuous polling. Now, […]

August 7, 2016

What Works? Putting Families In The Driver’s Seat

Third in a series of six for The Huffington Post Mauricio Lim Miller Founder & CEO Family Independence Initiative It’s true that not everyone knows what to do in order to get ahead, whether they’re rich or poor. That explains why many of my colleagues in the philanthropic and social services sector assume that solutions […]