In 2022, UpTogether invested nearly $30 million in unrestricted cash in more than 10,000 members.
People like Noé, who works two jobs and used his investment to move his family into their own apartment.
And Jasmine, who used her funds to get a degree in digital graphics and start her own business.
Or Chloe, who despite dealing with unemployment and homelessness, still shared small amounts of cash with her friends, family and community.
We have learned from our members that direct cash, with the choice to use the money how they best see fit, is a powerful tool to alleviate poverty and financial hardship. Our communities, while financially under-resourced for decades, have tremendous value. Even though our members are everyday people finding ways to overcome their economic condition, too many institutions do not see their efforts or invest in them. Our systems ignore the way people band together to support one another through mutual aid. It’s clear that the U.S. must make deeper and sustained investments in individuals and families.
That’s why UpTogether’s new strategic plan focuses on systems change. As we continue to invest in people in cities and states across the country, we will work to change the narrative and influence policymakers. We, with our members and partners, will advocate for a U.S. where everyone can thrive together.
This Impact Report centers our members, who show us how UpTogether’s approach impacted their lives and their communities. Our members will lead the way in this movement. They inspire us every day with their strengths. We hope you will be inspired, too.
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