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Integrating Efforts Aimed at Disrupting Poverty Can Lead to Greater Success, Report Finds

3/24/2014

Integrating Efforts Aimed at Disrupting Poverty Can Lead to Greater Success, Report Finds

3/24/2014

A report spearheaded by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation found that integrating efforts that support individual capability with those that expand market opportunities can improve the overall success of U.S. organizations working to disrupt the cycle of poverty.
 
The report, Disrupting Poverty: Coming Together to Build Financial Security for Individuals and Communities, came out of research into six programs focused on disrupting poverty by building financial security. The most important finding was the value of integrating efforts aimed at individual capability with those that expand market opportunities. Additionally, several factors are key to organizations sustaining this work over a longer period of time: capitalizing on their core strengths and aligning their expertise with that of community partners, recognizing and addressing common barriers in an organized manner, and leaving room to tackle unpredictable challenges.
 
By developing this research and the report, the Foundation hopes to spur organizations in the asset building field to reflect on their current work, come together, and work more intentionally, nimbly, collaboratively, and for the long haul – to end poverty for individuals and communities.