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 Resources 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
Total estimated amount FII families have exchanged through social capital activities like watching each others children, cooking for one another, lending money, and etc. (This number we will pipe in from our Analytics system so it constantly updates).
Average increase in monthly income
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII, families report a 21% increase in monthly income.
Average increase in total liquid assets
Over 2 years enrolled in FII, the average investment directly to families is $2400. Using this investment, after 2 years, families grow their yearly income by $11,412 (or 4.8 times the investment) and their assets by $3,903 (or 1.6 times the investment).
Average decrease in subsidies such as TANF and SNAP
On average, during 2 years of engagement with FII, families report a 33% 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 $397 through newly established Retirement Investment Accounts.
Northern California | Financial HealthHousing
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
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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