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Social Impact Exchange Conference on Scaling Poverty Alleviation Session June 18 th, 2010 Presentation by Irene Skricki Center for Family Economic Success.

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1 Social Impact Exchange Conference on Scaling Poverty Alleviation Session June 18 th, 2010 Presentation by Irene Skricki Center for Family Economic Success Annie E. Casey Foundation

2 The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization, dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States Center for Family Economic Success The Center for Family Economic Success (CFES) is a comprehensive approach to help families build strong financial futures for themselves and their communities by integrating workforce development, financial services, and work supports with strategies to improve neighborhoods.

3 Grow It Keep ItEarn It High Cost Workforce Development Wealth Building Financial Services & Credit Center for Working Families Community Investment Work Supports/EITC FES Framework

4 Elements of Scale Standardize/best practices Build evidence Develop prototype Broad adoption of practice Influence policy Influence private sector Sustainability Scale Achieved Saturation in place Vulnerable populations Subcategories of scale Drivers of scale

5 Parameters of Poverty Alleviation Field » Income supports (TANF, EITC) » Other work and family supports (SNAP, SCHIP, Medicaid, child care subsidies) » Public family-serving systems (child welfare, juvenile justice, other family services) » Postsecondary education » Housing and economic development » Access to public benefits * » Workforce development * » Assets and financial services *

6 Poverty Alleviation Challenges » What measure of poverty do we use? » Federal standard » Self-Sufficiency Standard » Measures that include financial stability/assets » Two-generation strategy » Kids vs. parents, or both? » Place vs. policy

7 Landscape of Poverty Alleviation Scale Efforts » Most of poverty alleviation happens through public policy/public delivery systems » examples: TANF, SNAP, tax credits, SCHIP, Medicaid » main lever is policy change » In workforce and assets, private markets matter » New ideas being tested at large scale » example: Conditional Cash Transfers » New federal funding streams » Social Innovation Fund, Promise Neighborhoods, Choice Neighborhoods, etc. » New funder initiatives » Open Society Institute Special Fund for Poverty Alleviation » Gates Foundation work on postsecondary education » Organizing of funders » Funder networks (AFN, EITC Funders Network) » funding pools like NFWS » Health care reform could be a big driver in the future

8 Casey’s Interest in Scale Foundation-wide discussions » New Casey CEO’s interest in scale » Internal workgroups on scale » Casey Exceptional Opportunities Fund CFES Scale Examples » Earned Income Tax Credit » increase capacity of VITA, change policy, influence private sector » National Fund for Workforce Solutions » large-scale replication via funding pool » » online financial and asset services resources for CBOs » Public benefits access » multi-foundation effort to increase benefits uptake

9 Impediments to Scale » Lack of clear prototypes » Not enough refinement and testing of prototypes » Inadequate resources for scale » Lower funder capacity in general due to economy » Reluctance of funders to collaborate intensively » Inadequate capacity of implementing organizations » Inertia: difficulty getting new ideas/approaches adopted » Difficult process of policy change


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