The Facts


Breakdown of poverty in America

The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 estimates determined that out of the 43.1 million Americans who lived in poverty that year, around 44.6 percent reported living in deep poverty; a household income below 50 percent of their 2015 poverty threshold. This amounts to 19.4 million people

Source: The UC Davis Center for Poverty Research.

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Time spent in government programs.

The latest survey from the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that the majority of people receiving one or more type of government assistance participate in the program(s) for between 37 to 48 months. 

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What your contribution can do

The Work First Foundation helps those living in poverty achieve self-reliance through work.

Your donations allow the Work First Foundation to connect people with meaningful employment. The graph below shows how many people we can help per dollar. 

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