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Ending the Cycle of Poverty

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Overview

The goal of this Strategic Initiative is to end the cycle of poverty experienced by poor and low-income individuals and families.

Many families in Marin County do not have enough income to meet their basic needs, such as housing, food, and health care. It is particularly difficult for the working poor, who have fewer resources to meet their basic needs and to move out of poverty. While a parent with two children needs an annual income of $68,800 to be self-sufficient, a minimum wage job pays only $16,640. The end result is that if you are poor in Marin, you are more likely to work two low-wage full-time jobs, live in substandard housing, and be underinsured.

The Marin Community Foundation believes that low-wage earners can escape the cycle of poverty if they have the tools and resources traditionally available only to middle- and high-income earners. This initiative shifts the focus of the Foundation's investment from providing short-term services to people in poverty to creating lasting solutions to poverty and engages individuals and families, institutions, and the community in efforts to build assets.

Grants, Results, and More

Click here to learn about grants made under this goal area, along with results, an impact story, and background about this issue.

 

Strategy 1: Increase the income of low wage earners

A logic model for this strategy has been developed that further explains the approaches, activities, and desired impact of this goal area. Download the PDF to view it.

Increasing the income of low-wage earners is a key component of breaking the cycle of poverty. By reducing employment barriers, low-wage earners can move out of low-wage jobs and compete for jobs that support self-sufficiency. Higher-wage earners are more likely to access better educational opportunities, health care, and housing. As well, families with income sufficient to meet daily expenses can begin to save and invest, creating the conditions for economic mobility.

Process for Strategy 1:
RFPs will be issued to community organizations that are being invited to apply for support under this strategy. This strategy will not use an open competitive grants process.

Nonprofits interested in potential participation for Strategy 1 should contact Barbara Clifton Zarate, program officer, poverty, at 415.464.2549 or by email.

 

Strategy 2: Build assets of low-income families and individuals

Building assets creates long-term economic stability and self-sufficiency. Assisting low-income families to save for and invest in assets (education, housing, and micro-enterprise activities) has been a proven means of achieving economic self-sufficiency and helps to permanently break the cycle of poverty.

Process for Strategy 2:
RFPs will be issued to community organizations that are being invited to apply for support under this strategy. This strategy will not use an open competitive grants process.

 

Strategy 3: Build community infrastructure to support income and asset development

Strong community and financial institutions are needed to support income and asset building efforts of Marin families. Products and services designed specifically for low-wage earners help ensure that affordable credit, capital, and financial services are available to start a micro-enterprise, purchase a home, or invest in education and training.

Process for Strategy 3:
RFPs will be issued to community organizations that are being invited to apply for support under this strategy. This strategy will not use an open competitive grants process.

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Program Director, Poverty

Program Director, Poverty

Barbara Clifton Zarate

Program Director, Poverty

415.464.2549

"The Pasha Family partners with MCF to focus together on giving back. The staff at MCF does a great job providing perspective and awareness to assure we make informed decisions in our giving. Particularly in difficult times when need is greater than ever, we are grateful that we are able to contribute."

George and Elyse Pasha
Donors at MCF since 2000