Welfare / Poverty
/ Low-Income Issues
Assets & Opportunity Scorecard – the leading source for data on household financial security and policy solutions. Recent gains and losses are presented as an interactive map with 12 scorecard policy priorities by state, Washington, DC.
Center for Economic Opportunity, Annie E. Casey Foundation – developing pathways for parents to become financially secure and support their children’s healthy development and academic success.
Center for Impact Research – a not-for-profit organization that works towards the elimination of poverty through grass-roots research; identifies innovative policy strategies; collaborates with low-income persons, community-based organizations, and governmental agencies; and formulates new solutions to the problems of poverty, Chicago, IL.
Center for Law and Social Policy – a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1968, conducts research, policy analysis, technical assistance and advocacy related to issues on economic security for low-income families with children, Washington, DC. Read new release announcing new executive director.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – a nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and programs that affect moderate-and-low-income people, Washington, DC. Read Blog.
Coalition on Human Needs – an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. The Coalition’s members include civil rights, religious, labor and professional organizations and those concerned with the well being of children, women, the elderly and people with disabilities, Washington, DC. Read Blog.
Dēmos – a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. Our name means “the people.” It is the root word of democracy, and it reminds us that in America, the true source of our greatness is the diversity of our people. Our nation’s highest challenge is to create a democracy that truly empowers people of all backgrounds, so that we all have a say in setting the policies that shape opportunity and provide for our common future. To help America meet that challenge, Dēmos is working to reduce both political and economic inequality, deploying original research, advocacy, litigation, and strategic communications to create the America the people deserve. Dēmos’ work is guided by three overarching commitments: 1) achieving true democracy by reducing the role of money in politics and guaranteeing the freedom to vote; 2) creating pathways to ensure a diverse, expanded middle class in a new, sustainable economy; and 3) Ttransforming the public narrative to elevate the values of community and racial equity, New York, NY. Read Blog.
Economic Self-Sufficiency Project – an
innovative effort initiated in 1996, links WOW with
three national partner organizations – Corporation
for Enterprise Development, Ms.
Foundation for Women and Center for Community Economic Development – to
provide resources and technical assistance
to community-based advocates and states on
human resource investment policies.
The Full Frame Initiative – a national nonprofit organization that works to break cycles of poverty and violence through systems change. FFI has discovered the common DNA among the organizations that effectively serve people with multiple challenges — lasting change occurs when people are supported in the full frame of their lives. FFI documents, advances, and removes barriers to the Full Frame Approach: the principles and practices common to community-based organizations with a proven track record of helping people and communities facing multiple challenges (poverty, violence, mental illness, addiction, homelessness, etc.) to thrive. What’s most powerful about our solution is that it doesn’t rely on creating new programs or investing significant new funding to break cycles of poverty and violence, Greenfield, MA.
Heartland Alliance – advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations – particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced – through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society, Chicago, IL.
Legal Momentum – envisions a society in which all women and girls are economically secure, empowered to make their own choices, and can live and work free of discrimination and violence. In this society, all women enjoy the conditions, opportunities, and support that enable them to realize their human rights and freedoms, New York, NY. See 2011 Annual Report.
LIFETIME (Low-Income Families' Empowerment through Education) – the mission is to empower low-income parents to determine, pursue and achieve their goals for education, employment and economic security. Our goal is to help low-income parent enroll in, continue and successfully complete higher education and training – a long-term investment in poor families with lasting results: upon earning a college degree, 90 percent of parents receiving welfare get jobs earning enough to exit the welfare rolls; a year later, 90 percent are still employed, earning average wages of $25,000 per year; up to 11 percent earn over $30,000 per year; and 23 percent go on to get graduate degrees, San Leandro, CA.
Migrant Clinicians Network – founded as a network focused on health of America's migrant farmworkers, MCN has retained this special population as a core value while also acknowledging its leadership and responsibility in assisting the health of other mobile, poor, and culturally displaced populations, Austin, TX.
National Center for Children and Poverty – identifies and promotes strategies that prevent child poverty in the U.S. and that improve the lives of low-income children and families, New York, NY.
State-specific data of children in poor and low-income families by age
National Poverty Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy – conduct and promote multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research, mentor and train emerging scholars and inform public discourse on the causes and consequences of poverty. The NPC: awards research grants to emerging scholars; conducts large-scale research programs; mentors visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows; trains individuals on poverty research and data analysis; engages nearly 200 research affiliates from institutions across the country; coordinates and presents at national seminars, conferences and policy forums; disseminates over 200 working papers and policy briefs; and publishes edited volumes highlighting NPC-supported poverty research, Ann Arbor, MI.
Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children & Families – programs include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), American Recovery and Reinvestment (TANF Emergency Contingency Fund) and Healthy Marriage, Washington, DC.
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law – provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. The Shriver Center achieves its mission through three interconnected programs: advocacy, communication and training. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation's equal justice providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients, Chicago, IL.
Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse – is an ever growing virtual portal of research on low-income and TANF families and an online hub for professional networking among researchers, policymakers and practitioners who serve these populations. The SSRC aims to improve policy and practice in such areas as employment, education and training, and family self-sufficiency by improving access to field-tested, evidence-informed and evidence-based program strategies and high-quality research and by fostering professional connectivity among its targeted audiences.
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity: The Source for News, Ideas and Action – is a non-partisan initiative that brings together diverse perspectives from the political, policy, advocacy and foundation communities to find genuine solutions to the economic hardship confronting millions of Americans. Through the ongoing exchange of ideas, research and data, Spotlight seeks to inform the policy debate about reducing poverty and increasing opportunity in the United States, Washington, DC.
Poverty Data Resource Guide – as the U.S. Census Bureau releases a series of official income, poverty and health insurance estimates, Spotlight will post resources on this page to help journalists, policymakers and advocates locate timely analysis, statements and events examining the new data.
Spotlight on the States – state and local governments, community-based organizations and other non-profits play a significant role in implementing policies and programs to reduce poverty and promote opportunity. This website features a map which allows you to hover over a state to get a snapshot of poverty statistics in the state, then click or use the drop-down menu to access information and resources, news articles and links to learn more about state efforts to reduce poverty.
Talk Poverty – a project of the Half in Ten Education Fund — is dedicated to demonstrating that exactly the opposite is true: we know how to dramatically reduce poverty. In fact, if we create the political will, we can cut poverty by half in ten years. Here you will find basic data about poverty in America; hear from people living in poverty and people dedicated to the fight against poverty; and get involved with local, state and national organizations to take action. TalkPoverty.org is a bridge between local and national voices, grassroots activism and policy work, and those who are struggling and those who are more economically secure. At TalkPoverty.org, discover a vibrant antipoverty community and your place in it, Washington, DC. Read Blog.
Urban Institute – a nonpartisan economic and social policy research organization, Washington, DC. Read Blogs.
Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network, Administration for Children & Families – provides peer-to-peer technical assistance to public agencies and private organizations operating the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. Technical assistance is provided through a variety of mechanisms: peer-to-peer site visits, workshops, moderated teleconferences and interactive Q&A sessions. The Web site also highlights policy relevant research, innovative programs, related links and upcoming events, Washington, DC.
Women Thrive Worldwide (formerly the Women's Edge Coalition) – the leading non-profit organization shaping U.S. policy to help women in developing countries lift themselves out of poverty, Washington, DC.