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April 29, 2014


Today three New Profit portfolio organizations - LIFT, AVANCE, and Family Independence Initiative - were announced as members of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, a new network of leading organizations using "two-generation" approaches to disrupt poverty and create economic mobility for families. Two-generation approaches focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both vulnerable parents and children together.

“These leaders are fueling change for America’s families,” said Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. “As we reflect on the 50th anniversary of the ‘War on Poverty,’ the Aspen Institute is proud to invest in transformational ideas to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.”

"The Aspen Institute identified these organizations through a highly selective national competition. More than 250 organizations applied to join the Network and receive funding from the Aspen Institute Ascend Fund. The 58 organizations organizations announced today ranged from community colleges seeking to better serve student parents and their children, to early childhood centers engaging parents in pathways to employment, to two-generation partnerships spearheaded by Promise Neighborhoods, United Ways, and women’s foundations."

Network members receive targeted support and tools including:

  • peer technical assistance
  • in-person and virtual action and learning convenings
  • access to the Aspen Institute’s online and media platforms
  • Network themes and areas for exploration include:

  • Platforms for Scale: such as Head Start, community colleges, United Ways, women’s funds and community foundations, community action agencies, and Promise Neighborhoods
  • State Policy Innovations: with a focus on early childhood, human services, postsecondary education, and measuring impact
  • Evidence Building: that includes executive function, cultural competence, technology and apps, and justice-involved families
  • Congratulations to all of the selected organizations. For the full list, click here.


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