Moving families from poverty to opportunity
We are investing a half million dollars in high-performing organizations in D.C., suburban Maryland, and northern Virginia that equip low-income people in our region with the skills to secure jobs with a future. This also improves the talent pipeline for our region’s economy.
The organizations we invest in provide critical skills for technology and green jobs that represent the most promising pathway out of poverty. To kick off Jobs for Tomorrow, the Lever Fund made a grant to BUILD DC’s pilot at Friendship Tech Prep Charter School in Washington DC’s Ward 8. (Read about the investment here.) This program teaches 8th and 9th grade students how to become entrepreneurs by launching and marketing web and mobile apps, games, and other digital-based businesses.
True to Lever Fund methodology, 100% of contributions will flow directly to the organizations selected. We monitor the performance and assess the impact of our investments. And because a Lever Fund investor is an informed investor, we publish rigorous cost-benefit analyses.