A community-centered approach to socioeconomic mobility
To understand UpTogether’s approach to ending poverty and creating socioeconomic mobility, it’s important to acknowledge two key things:
- Society has underestimated the potential and resourcefulness of people with limited income to improve their own financial and general well-being.
- There are systemic barriers — some created by racist policies and practices — that challenge families’ ability to leverage their assets, strengths and capacities.
Our work at UpTogether is about removing these barriers.
We do away with the traditional top-down approach by trusting and investing in families in undervalued communities and the solutions they discover on their own.
Our strength-based approach is built on:
How We Do It
To execute this approach, we built the UpTogether Community, an online platform where individuals and families form small groups online, collaborate and help each other achieve their goals. UpTogether members on the platform also have access to a variety of cash offers from our funding partners. Members can use the investment however they choose and don’t have to pay it back.
The UpTogether Community proved invaluable during the COVID-19 crisis when we used the platform — the only one of its kind — to distribute more than $130 million quickly and directly to more than 200,000 individuals and families whose finances had taken a hit because of the pandemic.
Interested in partnering with us? Take a look at our partnership opportunities.
Together, with our members and partners, we are championing a movement to boost and sustain long-term economic and social mobility for the millions of Americans who live at or below the poverty line.