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What do Pope Francis, Richard Nixon, Martin Luther King, Jr., Charles Murray, and Andrew Yang all have in common? They have all advocated for some form […]

Philanthropy’s Moment

Apr 15, 2020

Crises can present moments of opportunity for bold action while also creating new perspectives & priorities. This is one of those moments for philanthropy.

What $500 Might Do?

Nearly 40% of Americans could already not afford a $400 emergency before the COVID-19 crisis hit. In this episode, Erin Coltrera, Research and Program Officer at the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) shares the what, why, and how of Mayor Tubbs guaranteed income experiment otherwise known as a UBI. SEED provides $500 a month, with no strings attached, to 125 Stockton residents and rigorously tracks the results. Listen to how SEED is seeking to prove to supporters and skeptics alike that poverty results from a lack of cash, not character. Read more from the interview in two Finding Common Purpose blog posts, What $500 Might Do and Government Benefits and Trust in People.

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About Andrew Wolk

Andrew Wolk became a serial social entrepreneur more than twenty years ago to pursue his life’s work: helping best utilize resources that enable more individuals and families achieve lifelong success, from a healthy birth, to entering school ready to learn, to receiving a quality education, to getting and keeping a good paying job, and to a healthy and secure aging.

 

Andrew is currently the CEO of Root Cause, the nonprofit consulting firm he founded in 2004. In that role, he has worked with dozens of foundations, nonprofit organizations, public school districts, corporations, and government agencies. His work includes partnering with the Open Society Foundations to develop the strategy and launch the Campaign for Black Male Achievement; managing the Workforce Investment Network with the State Street Foundation; and leading the Continuous Quality Improvement efforts as part of Get Ready Guilford with Ready for School, Ready for Life, and The Duke Endowment, His work on collective action, measurement, learning, improvement, and strategy has helped organizations across the country in the fields of early childhood and K-12 education, workforce development, poverty alleviation, and aging-and has improved more people’s lives.

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