In spite of the generosity and work of so many, poverty in Cleveland is still devastating. Why? The complex, intertwined root causes need to be addressed. People who can’t read cannot find jobs and may lose their homes. Their children miss school and fall behind, triggering a new generation of poverty.
Meeting immediate needs will always be crucial, and we’ll never waver in that work. But now we’re also investing in proactive, strategic approaches and bringing together the best minds in Cleveland to search for lasting solutions.
Launched last year, our Hub Model is a rigorous, data-driven way of helping us choose the agency partners that make every dollar donated work harder. These agencies also work collaboratively to leverage resources, increase impact, and begin chipping away at poverty’s root causes.
The Impact Institute is an ambitious collaboration among thought leaders in government, non-profit agencies, foundations, and the private sector which takes on the big questions and most critical issues. Together, they’ll address chronic social problems that keep thousands trapped in poverty.
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