We support efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty.

Fighting poverty requires broad, systemic change. We believe our philanthropy and civic activism are best applied in all stages of life as a child grows into adulthood, starting with stable families and early childhood support, followed by a K-12 education, access to college, and eventually entering the workforce with a living wage.

At each of these life stages, we invest in four areas we believe offer the greatest promise of breaking the cycle of poverty from one generation to the next: communities, governments, nonprofits, and data. We acknowledge that systemic racism makes it harder for people of color to move up the economic ladder — equity underscores everything we do.


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We believe that the best work in philanthropy happens when multiple sectors - public, private, and nonprofit - come together to tackle problems. Everybody brings a different perspective, and sometimes it’s a little painful because we are all so different, but we think that’s where the power is. Together, we all go farther.
— Connie Ballmer, Co-Founder