2013 Torchlight Prize Winners. This will inspire you!

June 4, 2013
2013 Torchlight Prize Winners. This will inspire you!

Today, Family Independence Initiative proudly announces the 2013 Torchlight Prize Winners. Each winner will receive a $10,000 prize awarded over two years. The Torchlight Prize was launched in 2012 to recognize and invest in self-organized groups of families, friends, and community members who have come together in meaningful ways to strengthen their communities. Each Torchlight... Read More »

Mauricio Lim Miller on Melissa Harris Perry Show

May 11, 2013
Mauricio Lim Miller on Melissa Harris Perry Show

On Sunday May 12th, the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC dedicated two hours to solutions to poverty. Family Independence Initiative President and CEO Mauricio Lim Miller joined the show to share his strategy for economic mobility–harnessing the strength and initiative of low-income families and communities. The show aired live at 10am-noon EST (7am-9am on the... Read More »

FII Founder awarded 2013 Prime Mover fellowship

April 29, 2013
FII Founder awarded 2013 Prime Mover fellowship

Prime Movers is a fellowship program for emerging and established social movement leaders in the US. Mauricio Lim Miller, FII’s Founder and President has been awarded one of seven 2013 Prime Movers fellowships. Inspired by the hard work and sacrifice of his mother, Mauricio has committed his life to dismantling stereotypes and other barriers to... Read More »

Study Shows FII Approach Spurs Economic and Social Mobility in Boston

February 19, 2013

The Family Independence Initiative (FII), the national innovator of family-led approaches to increasing social and economic mobility in the U.S., released a study today showing strong evidence that low-income families presented with more economic and social opportunities will leave poverty and move forward on an upward trajectory. FII is designed to learn how low-income and... Read More »

Announcing the Torchlight Prize!

June 4, 2012
Announcing the Torchlight Prize!

When the White House Council for Community Solutions delivers its final report to President Obama today, it will highlight the Family Independence Initiative’s Torchlight Prize as an example of a concrete solution that will endure after the Council has finished its work. FII established the Torchlight Prize to recognize and reward groups of families, friends, or community... Read More »

Investing in Homegrown Solutions

May 31, 2012
Investing in Homegrown Solutions

From Maurice’s Huffington Post Column. When my organization, the Family Independence Initiative, was considering starting a project in Boston to partner with low-income families, I was told numerous stories of some of the tougher neighborhoods where unemployment is high, people do not venture out of their apartments at night, they distrust the police, they have no... Read More »

Get Feedback

May 17, 2012
Get Feedback

Consumer satisfaction is one of the primary ways we assess private sector services. The majority of online consumers read ratings and reviews on websites such as Amazon, TripAdvisor, and eBay before making a purchase. We post product complaints online because we know other consumers are interested in our experience. What’s more, professionals from mechanics to... Read More »

When Helping Doesn’t Help

May 5, 2012
When Helping Doesn’t Help

If you log on to most any social services website you’ll see testimonials of people who overcame huge odds to improve their lives. The stories have a similar cadence of intervention: “My mother was poor/a drug addict/beat me, but this teacher/social worker/community organizer took me under her wing and gave me a chance — now... Read More »

Help FII win up to $35,000 from Starbucks!

March 26, 2012
Help FII win up to $35,000 from Starbucks!

Help FII win up to $35,000 from Starbucks! Dear Friend of FII: We are thrilled to announce that the Family Independence Initiative has been invited to participate in the Starbucks Community Card: Vote.Give.Grow. program in recognition of our effective partnerships with San Francisco families! Our reputation got us this far–now we need your help! If... Read More »

FII’s VP Mia Birdsong a Ascend Fellow of the Aspen Institute

February 15, 2012
FII’s VP Mia Birdsong a Ascend Fellow of the Aspen Institute

Today the Aspen Institute’s Ascend program announced that its Ascend Fellowship will go to an inaugural class of 20 leaders from around the country, including FII Vice President Mia Birdsong, who are pioneering approaches in government, philanthropy, research, educational institutions, nonprofit work, media and the private... Read More »