Campaign to Reduce Poverty


Campaign to Reduce Poverty

The Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America is a multi-year, multifaceted approach to alleviating poverty in the United States.

Goals of the Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America

  • To call upon the government to improve public policies that strengthen and support families.

  • To educate policymakers and the public about the struggles of those living in poverty and the good work of those who serve them in local communities.

  • To engage those who are most impacted by government policies to be active participants in developing solutions to reducing poverty.

  • To work with individuals and organizations across the country to address poverty in our country.

  • We call upon all in our nation to address the issues that impact the most vulnerable and act now to reduce poverty in our nation. 

Policy Principles for the 113th Congress: Three Concepts to Reform Our Nation’s Crumbling Safety Net 

CCUSA has a long history of being actively engaged in the development and passage of major social service legislation, including the Social Security Act, the National Housing Act, and the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program. These programs have helped untold millions achieve sustainable self-reliance, support their families, and become contributing members to local communities throughout the nation.

In our current political environment, CCUSA recognizes that any legislation, regardless of bipartisan support or moral imperatives, will face significant barriers to passage. We believe that by working with specific localities to implement pilot projects based on the following policy principles, we can illustrate the effectiveness of these three principles, taken directly from the experiences and challenges that on-the-ground service providers face everyday:

1. Results-Driven

As a network, we are committed to moving from measuring simple outputs to meaningful outcomes. By incorporating evaluation into the ground floor of program design and establish a framework for producing measurable outcomes, we can ensure government funds are being invested in what works.

  • Building off of the work being done at the Lab for Economic Opportunities at the University of Notre Dame to gain a deeper understanding of components to successful and scalable anti-poverty programs being run in communities around the country.
  • Requiring data tracking technologies and systematic reporting be included as part of the initial stages of local program implementation.

2. Market-Based

The non-profit sector cannot end poverty in America working alone. By building a greater engagement with government and the corporate sector, social service agencies can pursue innovative funding streams through new capital markets, expanded tax credits, and monetizing their savings through social impact bonds. More specifically, CCUSA recommends:

  • Creating social impact bonds that monetize the savings created by poverty prevention programs and reinvests those funds back into the community.
  • Incentivizing private sector engagement beyond traditional philanthropy through Qualified Community Renewal Contributions.
  • Supporting social innovation and micro-enterprise efforts that enable non-profit agencies to make a profit while serving human needs.

3. Systems-Changing

Very often, bureaucratic silos often prevent individuals from accessing essential services that could establish their self-reliance. Recognizing the individualized nature of poverty, CCUSA seeks reform that will cut red tape, break down those silos, update outdated measurements and deliver support at the earliest and most cost effective moments of need. More specifically, CCUSA recommends:

  • Developing Individual Opportunity Plans, created with the assistance of client advocates, to create poverty relief strategies that are specifically-tailored and client-driven.