CrossPurpose is a non-profit organization abolishing relational, economic, and spiritual poverty through career and community development. CrossPurpose furthers Colorado’s work across systems and sectors to serve families with effective solutions to gain a living-wage job. We work to improve the services Colorado provides to families through enhanced employment services for low-income families and an employer engagement strategy. CrossPurpose and its partners Activate Workforce Solutions (AWS), The Bridge Network (TBN) and the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) are working to address the “benefits cliff effect” for many families by using innovative partnerships to achieve breakthrough results. The Colorado partnership would like to enhance and scale tools already in use to help employers understand the resources available to families, how salaries and benefits interact with those resources, and the creation of a plan for the loss of those benefits as families strive to become more self-sufficient. Colorado plans for these tools to be used nationwide, relying on the expertise of families and employers.

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Today, the Aspen Institute announced its 2023 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows, 20 leaders from across the United States who are transforming systems so that all children and families can thrive.
Ascend FellowshipOctober 10, 2023
The Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community Phase II sought to find and foster the most effective and innovative strategies to accelerate social and economic mobility for working families with low incomes. To do so, we elevated the voices and expertise of families with lived experience, were guided by 14 advisors, and we brought together 20 …

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Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation CommunityMay 3, 2023
Poverty is the result of poor policy choices. These choices reflect our national values and decide who deserves access to opportunity to achieve their dreams and who does not. This flawed mindset has led to persistent inequities and a hollowing of our shared humanity. Change is possible. The choice is ours.
BlogNovember 2, 2021
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Our world has changed. The wave of uncertainty touched off by the pandemic is becoming an ongoing process of relearning how to live, work and care for our families. A powerful national movement for racial justice around the world is making clear that we need a new social contract. Our nation faces a reckoning with …

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BlogJuly 28, 2020
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Contact: Lindsay Broyhill Ascend at the Aspen Institute lindsay.broyhill@aspeninstitute.org  Bold Leaders to Advance Innovative Strategies for Families’ Health and Economic Prosperity  Aspen Institute Launches New Partners and Advisors in Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community  Washington, DC â€“ Ascend at the Aspen Institute is proud to announce the new partners and advisors the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community, Ascend’s initiative for breakthrough innovations and collaborations that position families to reach educational …

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BlogJuly 22, 2020