A Handout Is a Hand Up

by Joanne Goldblum, Founder and Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network originally for the Huffington Post   Growing up in poverty increases the chances that an American will continue to live in poverty as an adult. That’s of course bad for the people directly affected and also bad for the economy. Furthermore, it…

Watch: How Can Children Be Homeless in This Country?

On Thanksgiving Day, Dan Fuller, VP of Legislative Relations for Communities In Schools, talked with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin about child homelessness. As Melvin pointed out, many people wonder, “How can children be homeless in this country?” According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, 1 in 30 American kids are homeless. That statistic means that…

Believe It: Social Security Turns 80

Did you know that next year marks the 80th Anniversary of the Social Security Act? Social Security, and all the comes with it–the card, the number, the promise of a little assistance once we reach our golden years–is something we as Americans take for granted. Yet when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security…

Big Changes Still Possible from Lame Duck Congress

by Laura Welling, Director of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Goodwill Industries International, Inc. Originally published on the Goodwill Blog   In American politics, the term “lame duck” was first used in 1863 in reference to “broken-down politicians.” However, the phrase originated in 18th century London as a finance phrase, referring to someone who defaulted on…

Helping More Kids Live in Better Neighborhoods

Honest question: How many of you have fond memories of the neighborhoods you grew up in? Shouldn’t every child have the opportunity to grow up in safe neighborhoods full of tangible opportunities they can see? However, in a piece for the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity Blog, Barbara Sard from the Center for Budget and Policy…

The Nonprofit Vote: Let’s Rock It!

CalNonprofits’ new campaign, Vote with Your Mission, is encouraging the nonprofit sector to exercise their democratic right as citizens. Kudos to CalNonprofits for leading the charge and inspiring the rest of us to get out the vote! It’s time to mobilize the collective staffs of nonprofits and to encourage our extensive networks of board members,…