To honor Mauricio Lim Miller’s visionary leadership at FII over the past 16 years, and in conjunction with his leadership transition from FII CEO to FII President this month, we will be formalizing a Founder’s Resource in FII’s Resource Hub.
As you undoubtedly know, FII was founded in 2001 by Mauricio Lim Miller as a result of a challenge Jerry Brown (then Mayor of Oakland, now Governor of California) put before him. Recognizing Mauricio for the social innovator that he was, he asked him to conceive an approach that could successfully break the cycle of poverty. And he did. At each FII site across the country (numbering six and growing), we consistently show that the combined approach of developing and strengthening peer family networks along with monthly progress tracking results in increased self-determination, civic engagement, and economic mobility for participating FII families.
In fact, in a resounding endorsement of FII’s approach and achievements, Mauricio received the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award in 2012, given in recognition of those who have shown “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction”.
In light of Mauricio’s particular passion for family-led social change initiatives and his strong desire to showcase the resourcefulness of low-income families like his own, we think it only fitting that we honor his leadership by creating the Founder’s Community Fund.
To highlight how these funds might be used, I’ve included one of our many inspiring stories below.
ln 2015, one of our Boston family cohorts, Determined Divas, launched a civic engagement series to inform, influence and inspire others in their community to become more civically engaged. Using the social change resource provided by FII, the group ran a series of voter registration drives, conducted issue-oriented community surveys, hosted a Boston City Council candidates forum before the last election, and spearheaded multiple ‘Get Out the Vote’ Campaigns.
This is but one example of the many initiatives taken by our family partners on behalf of social change. When provided access to funds, the possibilities for family-led community change are endless.
Please join us in honoring Mauricio Lim Miller by making a gift in support of the Founder’s Community Fund.
Thank you for all that you do.