When parents are empowered to pursue their dreams, their children are better prepared to lead healthy, successful lives. This belief is at the core of LIFT-DC, which helps low-income parents with young children to achieve economic mobility. Here’s how it works: families first hear about the program through trusted early childhood education providers. Members (parents) are then matched with coaches (highly trained Master of Social Work student interns), who work with them to break down goals into concrete action plans, complemented by holistic support and resources. From connections to healthcare and food assistance, to one-on-one financial coaching and career development, these services improve financial stability – and equip parents to provide a better future for their children. Since 2000, 8,000 LIFT-DC members have made significant gains on their road out of poverty. Let’s give our neighbors the lift they deserve.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; Sursum Corda; U St corridor

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • Percent of Core members who achieve their goals:   65
  • Number of LIFT-DC members who secured job interviews:   239
  • Number of LIFT-DC members who secured employment:   105
  • Number of LIFT-DC members who achieved a Basic Needs goal:   139
  • Number of LIFT-DC members who actively worked on their housing goals:   394

Awards & Recognition

Selected by CITI Foundation's Community Progress Makers Fund Grant Program to Accelerate Economic Opportunity (2016)

CEO, Kirsten Lodal, named Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow (2015)

CEO, Kirsten Lodal: recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontiers Award (2015)

Comcast Digital Literacy Program launched in partnership with CentroNia (2014)

Launched Financial Coaching program in partnership with JP Morgan (2014)

Chosen to launch Shriver Corps Program (2014)

Selected to partner with the Georgetown Law School Community Service Project (2014)

Voted Best Place to Volunteer by George Washington Center for Civic Engagement (2012)


Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for LIFT-DC is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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