September 13, 2019  |  Narrative Shifters

Bringing Things Into Focus

by William Goodwin, National Narrative Shifter, FII-Northern California

FII Site: Northern California

On Friday June 7, 2019, FII Northern California Family Partners were chosen to participate in a focus group sponsored by the San Francisco Foundation. 

The focus of this group was to provide feedback on a series of objectives and strategies the Foundation would like to implement in the Bay Area over the next five years. 

The San Francisco Foundation has always been a center for innovation. The Foundation’s Equity Grant Making Program harnesses the power of community and expands opportunity, by mobilizing resources and acting as a catalyst for change to build stronger communities. 

Family members were asked to give their thoughts and first reactions to the strategies supporting the three objectives. FII Family Members were able to provide a unique perspective on each of the three objectives centered on “Building Financial Security.” And highlighted the virtues and challenges posed by each objective and supporting strategy, drawing on their own life experience (living in the Bay Area); while offering feedback that will hopefully broaden the scope of opportunity. 

This opportunity to provide feedback underscores the measures The San Francisco Foundation, in partnership with FII, takes to bring real families into the decision making process. It is a credit to the Foundation and FII for involving the people who will benefit the most, into the discussion for these programs and strategies. 

As one FII Member said “It truly was an incredible experience. We are fortunate to have two powerful advocates whose objectives clearly demonstrate equity, fairness and inclusion”. 

HEY AMERICA ……..Focus. 

The National Narrative Shifters are FII families that want to take the lead on advocating for FII’s approach of direct investment in family initiative and fostering of self-determination and supportive relationships. National Narrative Shifters collect stories of the hard work and initiative happening in their communities. Using FII’s data to corroborate the stories and leveraging FII’s blog and media networks and channels, they are creating a compelling national story on what families actually need to achieve economic mobility. This story was written by one of our 2019 National Narrative Shifters.


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