Support for Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity: Foundations Ask Presidential Candidates What They'll Do for America

In the United States, the wealthiest country in the world, nearly 40 million Americans live in poverty: $21,000 a year for a family of four. American children fare among the worst on measures of health, safety and relative poverty among 21 developed nations. Low-income people have poorer health for a range of reasons; poor health can also contribute to poverty. Eight foundations have joined together to support a project called "Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity: Foundations Ask Presidential Candidates What They'll Do for America." The project draws attention to poverty and opportunity issues in the presidential campaign through the Web site, asking candidates their positions on poverty, etc. After the campaign, the project aims to continue the visibility with the new administration. The role of RWJF as a part of this funding collaborative is to focus attention on the connection between poverty and health outcomes. The project will support several activities and deliverables: (1) an expanded Web site to include a variety of materials on the intersection of poverty and health; (2) grant maker forums to bridge poverty and health funding communities (e.g., Grantmakers in Income Security Taskforce and Grantmakers in Health); (3) an event focused on the intersection of poverty as a social determinant of health; and (4) an issue brief on poverty and health.The grantee is aware that foundations are prohibited from participating or intervening in any political campaign, but that the Internal Revenue Service code allows for certain nonpartisan educational activities where all candidates are given an equal opportunity to inform voters of their positions on a broad array of issues. This project asks all presidential candidates of both parties of their positions regarding a broad range of issues related to poverty and opportunity, including the working poor, child poverty, work supports, economic development, homelessness, etc.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $100,000.00

Awarded on: 6/30/2008

Time frame: 8/1/2008 - 9/30/2009

Grant Number: 64527


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Jodie Levin-Epstein
Project Director