The Bottom Line: Investing for Impact on Economic Mobility in the U.S.
There is no greater challenge in the United States today than income inequality. It has been 50 years since the War on Poverty began. We have made progress but not enough. More than 32 million children live in low-income families, and racial and gender gaps persist. For the first time, Americans do not believe life will be better for the next generation. We have both a moral and an economic imperative to fuel social and economic mobility in this country.
The Aspen Institute was founded in 1950 as a place to address the critical issues of our time. Today, ensuring that the American dream can be a possibility for all and be passed from one generation to the next is that issue. This commitment is at the heart of the work of many policy programs at the Aspen Institute. Ending the cycle of poverty requires leadership and hard work across all sectors, from nonprofit organizations, philanthropies, and academia to the government and private sector.
The Bottom Line: Investing for Impact on Economic Mobility in the U.S. recognizes the importance of learning from all sectors in tackling any challenge. Specifically, it builds on opportunities in the growing impact investment field. The report draws on the lessons from market-based approaches to identify tools and strategies that can help move the needle on family economic security.
Devin Thorpe, Forbes Contributor, discuss with Anne Mosle, the Bottom Line report: watch here.
In this report, you will find the following:
In-depth chapters on investments in education, economic assets, and health and well-being
The Bottom Line is a project of Ascend at the Aspen Institute and the Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. The Georgetown University McDonough School of Business partnered with the Institute on the survey design and analysis.
This project was made possible through the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
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