Presents a mid-course review of a ten-year program to help the poor build economic security in the Southeast. Examines impact, lessons learned, factors that facilitated or impeded progress, how resources were leveraged, changing contexts, and next steps.
- Top-down/bottom-up connections and work across lines of difference are rare but do appear to accomplish more than single organizations working alone.
- Our analysis that poverty is associated with both personal actions and structural realities holds true.
- Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Our shift in thinking from a focus on organizations to a focus on places makes sense.
- Two topics merit our deeper thinking: deeper analysis of poverty as a structural part of our economy and accountability and what does accountability to low-wealth people and communities look like, and how is it important?
- We need to keep doing these things that are working: a balanced focus and openness; integrated, layered approaches; a place-based focus; network officer roles; a"tieredÃ¢â‚¬Â approach to supporting organizations and networks; long-term policy change; and direct services to people.
- We need to deepen our work in the following areas in order to achieve our desired long-term outcomes. All of these areas build on our existing work and capacity: invest more in leaders and their development, build the foundation's organizational capacity for influence; support more southern place-based philanthropy with an equity and poverty lens; encourage new ideas for work on poverty; and consider doing less.