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

  • 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 (FY2023)

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

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