If you haven’t noticed yet, it’s Giving Tuesday! Today, people all over the country will give to their favorite charities.
I love this new tradition. In the midst of the holiday season, it can be so easy to focus on accumulating more stuff for our families. But the truth is most of us probably have much more than we need. Giving Tuesday is a way to give to the many people in the U.S. and abroad that are struggling to get by.
In honor of Giving Tuesday, I thought I’d share one of our favorite nonprofits with you. This year, we chose The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink for their outstanding work all over the world.
The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink uses the collective impact approach used in the Harlem Children’s Zone to break the cycle of poverty for low-income children in their community. One of the best things about this approach is that they build a dedicated, coordinated group of social service providers, government, advocates, businesses, schools, and churches to work closely together to develop a unified approach to drastically improve children’s ability to do well in school and move out of poverty in each of the 60 communities they work in.
I can’t stress how important it is to us to work with smart nonprofits to find new ways to truly change the lives of low-income individuals. One of the things I really love about the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink is that they use data to regularly check the progress of children in these communities and provide rapid support to community partners to solve the problem when progress is lagging. They take partnership to a new level!
Finally, the promise neighborhoods approach maximizes their impact by combining community support with policy advocacy. The organization works with local partners to identify key policy changes needed to create broader change for low-income children and their families. Local improvements in health, education, community support, and family income, are supported and sustained by local and state public policy changes to expand the number of families that can benefit from these changes.