About Us

Since the war on poverty began in 1964, more than 2 million nonprofit organizations have been established, with similar missions to “break the cycle of poverty.” After more than fifty years and billions of dollars invested, the poverty rate today is worse than when the work began.

Our Why

After listening to and learning from hundreds of families over the past 20 years, the Family Independence Initiative (FII) has discovered that cycling in and out of poverty is not due to a lack of family initiative. Instead, this cycle can be traced to well-intentioned but inadequate governmental and charitable policies and practices that have:

Our Vision

All people in the United States are seen and invested in for their strengths and are able to build their social and financial assets.

Our Mission

We recognize, highlight and invest in the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of people in undervalued communities and partner with government and philanthropy to do the same.

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