Since 2001, we have been trusting and investing in Northern California low-income families.
FII was founded in Oakland in 2001 when our founder, Mauricio Lim Miller, was challenged by the then Mayor Jerry Brown to change the trajectory of poverty.
Miller didn’t have the answer himself but knew that people like his mother who had worked hard to improve their lives would. FII was started to learn about and trust and invest in the initiatives people like Miller’s Mom were taking. Since then, we have grown our presence in Northern California to include San Francisco and Fresno.
Total Number of UpTogether Fund Dollars Allocated to Families over time
Number of Touchpoints in UpTogether
Northern California: Family Metrics
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII:
Total estimated amount FII families have exchanged through social capital activities
Total estimated amount FII families have exchanged through social capital activities like watching each others children, cooking for one another, lending money, and etc.
Average increase in monthly income
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII, families report a 32% increase in monthly income. Median baseline total income for the average family size of 4 is $24,480/year or 98% of the 2018 federal poverty line. After two years of engagement with FII, the median total family income is $32,424/year or 129% of the poverty line.
Average increase in total liquid assets
Over 2 years, on average, families increased their total liquid assets from $820 to $4,269.
Average decrease in subsidies such as TANF and SNAP
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII, families report a 27% decrease in subsidies such as TANF and SNAP.
Average amount saved to Retirement Investment Accounts
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII, families saved $305 through newly established Retirement Investment Accounts.
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FII has watched me improve my credit and has changed my life forever, and my children’s life in a positive and productive way. They have made me feel important and showed me what a role model truly is for my community and my family.
- I am a single mother of three children.
- My experience with FII made me more computer savvy.
- I fixed my credit.
- I used the FII’s family time resource to bond with my children.
Vice President & Northern California Director
FII-San Francisco Liaison and Resource Manager
Senior Vice President, Boston Private
Senior Program Officer, James Irvine Foundation
CEO, M2 Inc and Senior Fellow at Harvard University
Director of Financial Justice at The City and County of San Francisco
Thousands of families across the country are shifting long-held perceptions of low-income communities and changing our practice and policy approaches to poverty. Join us as we trust and invest in their initiatives.
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