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

We believe that building pathways to opportunity requires broad, systemic change.

We also recognize how complex this work can be. Focusing on one issue alone will never bring about the change we hope to see. That’s why we direct our philanthropy and civic engagement to help remove barriers and create opportunities throughout many stages of a young person’s life, from a healthy birth through a good education and a career.

Elena’s story below helps illustrate the series of touchpoints where a child and her family may need community support to help her grow up safely and finish school.


At each stage of life, we look for levers that offer the greatest promise to help break the cycle of poverty from one generation to the next.

We focus on community-led initiatives, partnerships with all levels of government, stronger nonprofits, and the use of data to track progress and measure improvement. We acknowledge that systemic racism makes it harder for people of color to move up the economic ladder, and we seek to address barriers to racial equity in all 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