The fifty-year war on poverty has made living in poverty more tolerable but it has not made it more escapable.
Census data shows that within four years, 75% of families living below the poverty line move above it, yet 50% of these families slip back into poverty in five years.
After tracking hundreds of families over the past 15 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
One day all families across America will have access to all the resources and opportunities needed to achieve their goals and dreams.
We trust and invest in low-income families across the nation so they can work individually and collectively to achieve prosperity.
We put families at the center of all we do, following their lead and relying on their guidance.
We forge relationships of mutual trust and responsibility, with families, within our organization and with all our partners.
We create a community that embraces diversity and inclusion, and we support the efforts of others to build such communities across our nation.
Learning & Innovating
Learning & Innovating:
We value and use data, quantitative and qualitative, to reflect on our progress, to imagine new possibilities, and to improve what we do.
We turn on a dime when circumstances shift or when our assumptions about those circumstances no longer apply.
We are patiently impatient, mission rather than ego-driven, and continually taking a step-up in leadership and step-back for others to take leadership.
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