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Signs Suggest Trump Budget Will Feature Unprecedented Cuts Plus Large Tax Cuts Favoring Wealthy

Bob Greenstein | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Mounting signs suggest that the forthcoming Trump budget may contain cuts harsher than those in House GOP budgets of recent years, which themselves wo...

The Church's Sobering Silence on Alcohol

Corey MacPherson | Posted 11.01.2016 | Religion
Corey MacPherson

As a campus minister I am painfully aware of the statistics on binge drinking on college campuses. I also know that more than 90% of sexual assaults committed on or near campuses (it has become a horrific epidemic) involve alcohol.

This Training Program Teaches the Skills You Really Need to Know to Land a Job in Tech

NationSwell | Posted 08.16.2016 | Impact

With a year's worth of college credits and no degrees or certificates to show for it, Miguel Ponce, 28, was in a rut: living with his mom and siblings...

Moms Say, "Don't Make Policy About Us, Without Us!"

Linda Meric | Posted 08.11.2016 | Women
Linda Meric

Low-income moms know the truth of how policies fail, and their knowledge is critical to change them.

Health Care Inequality Is A Uniquely American Problem, And It's Getting Worse

Steffie Woolhandler | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Steffie Woolhandler

In health care, as in the rest of American life, the gap between rich and poor is growing.

Latino Student Shuts Down Dentist Who Questioned His Stanford Admission

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 07.24.2016 | Latino Voices

Guillermo Pomarillo knows the reason he was admitted to Stanford University was because of hard work and not luck. But a recent dental visit forced hi...

LGBT Older Adults Face Unique Legal Hurdles

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 07.21.2016 | Queer Voices
New York Legal Assistance Group

By Vanessa Barrington, Communications Director, Justice for Aging, and Denny Chan, Staff Attorney, Justice for Aging Legal services organizations p...

Study Shows Rich Living In Public Housing

MoneyTips | Posted 06.10.2016 | Business

With so many needy American families, should people who earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a year live in public housing? Shouldn't being a million...

Kids Get in the Game: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.01.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we are highlighting seven grantees from East Africa to the Pacific Northwest that are affording individuals life...

Oklahoma Undercuts Working Families

Erica Williams | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Erica Williams

Oklahoma lawmakers have voted to cut the state's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by more than 70 percent, hitting 200,000 low-income working household...

Building Capacity: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.06.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we recognize seven individuals from around the world with projects aimed at building the capacity of the communi...

If We're Serious About Tackling Poverty, Let's Talk About Housing

Terri Ludwig | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

The rising cost of housing in U.S. cities like San Francisco and New York is a well-known problem. Flying under the radar: an affordable housing crisis is growing in every state in the union.

Not Enough Hours in the Day: Work Study Students and Sleep

Zachariah Ezer | Posted 03.29.2016 | College
Zachariah Ezer

Picture a college student. What is she doing? My guess is, most of you have a mental image of either a raucous party or a frantic cram session. One thing you probably aren't picturing is her sleeping.

Share The Word: Global Art Project Turns Slums Into Creative Hubs

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 03.15.2017 | Good News
Bibbi Abruzzini

Slums: crumbling overcrowded shanties, often a labyrinth of clichés in misery and inadequate housing. Locals and foreigners view slums as no trespass...

How This Tech Training Program Helped Build My Future

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 03.10.2017 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

Naya Moss, 21, was having a tough time with school and getting the job she wanted until she came across a tech nonprofit, Per Scholas. This blog is p...

School District Invests in "Erasing the Look & Feel of Poverty," Sees Big Returns

MeiMei Fox | Posted 03.01.2017 | Education
MeiMei Fox

The majority of K-12 students in the U.S. now live in poverty, a mark hit in 2013 for the first time in 50 years. For these students, poverty brings a...

Calgary Removed Fluoride from Water and Saw an Increase in Tooth Decay

Dan Arel | Posted 02.23.2017 | Science
Dan Arel

When Calgary, Alberta decided to remove fluoride from its drinking water in 2011, the rate of tooth decay in Calgary children increased found a new st...

The Asset Class: Let's Rebuild the Lost Wealth of Working Class Americans

Scott Johnson | Posted 02.24.2017 | Technology
Scott Johnson

Today, the country has largely come back from the financial crisis and unemployment is at a multi-year low, but millions of Americans continue to struggle with depressed or negative net wealth, casting a worrying pale over their financial future.

Obamacare Delivers Health Insurance to Low-Income Whites

Algernon Austin | Posted 02.12.2017 | Politics
Algernon Austin

Significant reductions in the uninsured rate for low-income whites occurred even in non-expansion states because of what health policy analysts call the "welcome mat" effect.

Many Low-Income Students Use Only Their Phone to Get Online. What Are They Missing?

The Conversation US | Posted 02.11.2017 | Education
The Conversation US

My research has explored underserved youth's use of technology to discover and participate in content related to their interests. Having access only through their mobile devices means that low-income families and youth do not have the same access to the Internet as those with other Internet connections

California Dreaming Becomes Global Climate Leadership

Jad Daley | Posted 02.02.2017 | Green
Jad Daley

I just returned to the United States from California and want to share some observations from my time away. The most important of these: California approaches have proven central to addressing the world's climate crisis.

Paul Ryan's Plan to Merge Safety Net Programs Could Increase Poverty, Not Reduce It

Bob Greenstein | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

When various Republican presidential candidates present their views on addressing poverty at a January 9 forum in South Carolina, some may seek to align themselves with House Speaker Paul Ryan's proposal to combine funding for numerous safety net programs into what would essentially be a mega-block grant to states. However, Paul Ryan's "Opportunity Grant" proposal carries substantial risk of increasing poverty, rather than reducing it.

College Admissions Odds Are Stacked Against High Achieving Low-Income Students

Harold O. Levy | Posted 11.20.2016 | Education
Harold O. Levy

For the vast majority of students applying to top schools, the odds of acceptance pivot based on how much money their parents make. The old adage that "if you're poor and smart, you can write your own ticket" is simply no longer true. In college admissions, money counts.

The Most Beautiful Part of One Teacher's Job

Quora | Posted 10.24.2016 | Education

The most beautiful part of my job is the responses of kids and their parents when the job's all done.

This Pet Food Bank Is Keeping Animals With the Families That Love Them

Jen Reeder | Posted 10.23.2016 | Impact
Jen Reeder

The Colorado Pet Pantry is a Denver-based nonprofit that partners with human food banks five times a month to distribute dog and cat food to local homeless and low-income people who need help feeding their pets.