We work to promote shared prosperity in the 21st century so that that every person in the United States has a fair opportunity to achieve the American Dream. To do this, economic security for must be expanded for all, in the form of more and better jobs, a social safety net for the most vulnerable populations, a financial system that hasn’t been rigged against the average citizen, and where access to jobs and housing cannot be denied on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation.
Widening income inequality and persistent poverty are among the major challenges facing America today. While the nation can take many paths to turn the tide against poverty, the focus of The Education Fund is on advancing the economic security of marginalized communities, particularly low-income working people, women, people with disabilities, and people of color. Our strategies include identifying areas where the civil and human rights coalition can add weight and leverage at crucial moments, attracting new or unlikely participants, and filling gaps in public education or existing coalitions.
We support policies that will encourage governments to make major investments in infrastructure; reduce foreclosures and ensure accessible, sustainable mortgage loans moving forward; extend the protections of the Civil Rights Act to more minority populations; and create quality jobs here in the United States. We work to ensure that every person in the United States partakes of the shared prosperity that defines the American Dream of the 21st century.
We work to inform key stakeholders about economic security policy solutions that will help close gaps and increase opportunities for communities facing persistent disadvantage, including vulnerable children and families of color.
We work to help shape a financial system that poses less risk to financial stability—one that better serves a more just ‘real’ economy, providing capital for productive business and employment, for sustainable homeownership and community development.
Access to affordable and reliable transportation widens opportunity and is essential to addressing poverty, unemployment, and other equal opportunity goals such as access to good schools and health care services.