A community-centered approach to socioeconomic mobility

Approach

To understand UpTogether’s approach to ending poverty and creating socioeconomic mobility, it’s important to acknowledge two key things:

  1. Society has underestimated the potential and resourcefulness of people with limited income to improve their own financial and general well-being. 
  2. There are systemic barriers — some created by racist policies and practices — that challenge families’ ability to leverage their assets, strengths and capacities. 

Our work at UpTogether is about removing these barriers. 

We do away with the traditional top-down approach by trusting and investing in families in undervalued communities and the solutions they discover on their own. 

Our strength-based approach is built on:

Community

Community

We center our work around the strengths and initiatives of people living in undervalued communities and promote the role social networks within these communities play in helping people accomplish their goals and achieve long-term socioeconomic mobility.

Capital

Capital

We invest in families with unrestricted cash in recognition of the initiatives they are taking to improve their lives.

Choice

Choice

We trust that people in undervalued communities know what’s best and are capable of making decisions for themselves and their families.

Approach

How We Do It

To execute this approach, we built the UpTogether Community, an online platform where individuals and families form small groups online, collaborate and help each other achieve their goals. UpTogether members on the platform also have access to a variety of cash offers from our funding partners. Members can use the investment however they choose and don’t have to pay it back. 

The UpTogether Community proved invaluable during the COVID-19 crisis when we used the platform — the only one of its kind — to distribute more than $130 million quickly and directly to more than 200,000 individuals and families whose finances had taken a hit because of the pandemic. 

Interested in partnering with us? Take a look at our partnership opportunities.

Together, with our members and partners, we are championing a movement to boost and sustain long-term economic and social mobility for the millions of Americans who live at or below the poverty line.