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.
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:
Lack of Information
A lack of reliable information on the creative ways in which families achieve economic and social mobility
Limited access to affordable capital which fuels families’ efforts to achieve their goals and dreams
A misplaced focus on individual achievement that overlooks the power of communities to lift people into the middle class, just as communities have done for hundreds of years
All people in the United States are seen and invested in for their strengths and are able to build their social and financial assets.
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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