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How You can help

Most people will experience some form of financial hardship at some point in their lives. As we examine the factors which lead to economic insecurity, we discover that the familiar images of who lives in poverty no longer apply in today’s world of unaffordable housing, crippling college debt, climate change and other forms of systematic marginalization. These hardships are reflected all around us – and perhaps in the mirror.

While there is no panacea for poverty in America, we can still contribute to solutions, starting with opening our eyes and ears to the stories of others. We also hope you’ll explore the select opportunities here to support initiatives and organizations that are succeeding in empowering people to overcome their challenges. They and the people they’re helping are proof that Americans should never stop dreaming.

Feed the hungry

with Feeding America

Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community-based agencies.


with PFLAG National

PFLAG is the largest organization in the US uniting parents, families and allies with LGBTQ individuals, and offering support and advocacy for equal rights.


with Swipe Out Hunger

Swipe Out Hunger partners with universities across the US to end student hunger by allowing students to donate their unused meal swipes to others in need. They operate in 32 states, serving tens of thousands of college students.


with Backpacks for Life and LinkedIn

Backpacks for Life supports veterans wherever they need it most. Veterans can also connect to special career programs for servicemembers through LinkedIn.


with the American Association of People with Disabilities

The American Association of People with Disabilities advocates for the legal rights of people with disabilities. Your support makes a difference.


with Accion in the US

Accion is a nonprofit lender empowering entrepreneurs in underserved communities. They create fair and flexible small business loans and offer support to help their clients thrive.

Income inequality in America and
pathways to positive change

The faces of poverty are all around us. From struggling young entrepreneurs to homeless veterans, college students to seniors. In this series, we explore the challenges of economic inequality in America along with solutions to change the conversation.

Continue this series

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