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Cherrelle

Cherrelle is a graphic designer based in Austin who is using her work experience and passion for helping other women to start her own business. She joined FII last year…

“A refreshingly innovative approach to fighting poverty”

…than encouraged, self-sufficiency. Beyond all the rhetoric, it should be obvious that the system isn’t working. We need fresh ideas. That brings us to the Family Independence Initiative, an Oakland-based…

Dedication to Education

words and how he would carve three dimensional letters and words in potatoes such as her favorite word, “Mom.” The Abrams third child, Titus had suffered from allergies even more…

Veronica

…FII through an email she received from her daughters after school program with the news about the launching of the new FII site in the Chicago area. Coney was very…

Cornelia Golden

…keep me focused. My experience with FII is currently centered around monthly group meetings. We meet at a centrally located Tim Horton’s coffee shop to discuss current FII news and…

“Listen to the real experts – those living in poverty” Op-ed in Cincinnati by Tara Noland of GreenLight Fund

…We can’t let last week’s discouraging news knock us off course. We may not see results this year, or the year after that, but we can’t use that as an…

Chronicle of Philanthropy: A Leader’s Unorthodox Antipoverty Ideas Win Him a ’Genius’ Prize

…wants.” When Mr. Gallucci revealed his top-secret news—that Mr. Lim Miller was one of 23 recipients this year of the foundation’s $500,0000 no-strings-attached fellowships, known as the “genius” grants—the social-service…

Solving the Pressing Problems Chicago Faces

…is that we are often very program centric in our approach. That makes us want to scale programs that we fall in love with, which then makes us want to…

Cinnovation Celebrates FII-Cincinnati’s First Year

…the News Raising Families Out of Poverty and Raising the Bar, featuring Cincinnati Director Vashti Rutledge on 91.7 WVXU How To Fix Cincinnati’s Poverty Problem on 91.7 WVXU Had a…

Celebrating the Power of Community in New Orleans, LA

…build new relationships. Participants got a glimpse of the vibrant community of families FII is partnering with in New Orleans. They are running businesses, creating art and music, improving access…

Customer Feedback in the Non-Profit Sector: Listening to Low-Income Consumers

We all recognize how consumer feedback drives competition, innovation, and continual adjustments in the for profit world—who hasn’t read Amazon reviews before buying a product or Tripadvisor to research a…

Precious Memories

…the playoffs and World Series. My father was an avid baseball fan. He enjoyed every aspect of the game. I remember seeing the excitement in his eyes as I watched…

Wall Street Warriors

…hardship faced in black communities from slavery and ongoing oppression in the US. Generations of poverty leave people with immediate needs, and the trio points to the survival mentality this…

Dominique Minor

…and work side by side with professional artists, who are masters at their craft. We share the rudiments of still life drawing, self-portraiting, and mixed-media painting. “D’Artistry” teaches a new…

Shaunte

By Alan Rollins, FII Story Curator In the “Motor City” the automotive capital of the world, life without your own transportation can make life pretty tough. Detroiters are faced with…

A House United – Reaching across the chasms that divide us

…which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored…

Family Independence Initiative Launches UpTogether Equity Fund to Recognize and Support Black Leaders 

…to make sure they take an equitable approach to how contracts are distributed. I’ve run for office three times, and lost, but will continue to run so that I can…

Scoring Hustle: FII Announces the Initiative Score

When evaluating who can gain access to working capital, the private sector misses vital information about the capacity of low-income families by using limited metrics such as credit scores and…

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