All families deserve a better future – whatever their race, ethnicity, or zip code. But financial resources, like the lack thereof, are passed down from generation to generation, and decades of racial inequity and underinvestment have kept some families trapped in poverty. LIFT-DC's mission is to break the cycle by investing in parents. Its holistic, one-on-one coaching helps build families’ well-being, financial strength, and social connections to lift two generations at once. Parents discover LIFT through trusted partnerships like community colleges and early childcare centers and through parent-to-parent referrals. Using action plans created with their coaches and wraparound supports like direct cash assistance, parents set and achieve goals like going back to school, improving credit, eliminating debt, or securing a living wage. Since 2001, over 10,000 LIFT-DC parents have achieved greater financial stability and put their families on the path to economic mobility.
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
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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)
- LIFT Selected by CITI Foundation's Community Progress Makers Fund Grant Program to Accelerate Economic Opportunity
Fri May 20 2016, LIFT
- LIFT Names New Executive Director to DC Site
Mon May 9 2016, LIFT
- Charity's Co-Founder Risks Upending Her Succesful Program
Fri Apr 29 2016, Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Matt Lauer's biking from Boston to New York to raise money for Red Nose Day
Fri May 15 2015, NBC's Today Show
The U.S. is helping children and young people living in poverty by raising money to support 12 international charities including LIFT.
- Poverty in U.S. Falls for First Time Since Before Recession
Tue Sep 16 2014, Bloomberg News
"Just my nose and mouth are above water, just enough to breathe, and I just feel submerged"
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