More than 16 million children in the United States, that is nearly 22% of all children, live in families with household incomes below the federal poverty level – $23,550 a year for a family of four. Many of the parents served by GOOD+ Foundation are part of a multi-generational cycle of poverty where the day-to-day grind of poverty makes it is very difficult for these parents to plan for a brighter future for their children, let alone provide essential items such as car seats, cribs and clothing, that are necessary to keep a child safe and healthy.
GOOD+ Foundation carefully selects high performing programs working with families at a critical pivot point in their journey out of poverty. These programs provide comprehensive services (counseling, job training, parenting support) over a long period of time, allowing GOOD + Foundation to provide children’s gear and supplies to encourage and reward parental program enrollment and achievement in these life-changing programs. In this way, we use a two-generation approach to helping families by providing immediate material needs for a child, while his or her parents take the steps necessary to move the family toward a brighter future. GOOD+ Foundation invests its resources in more than 150 anti-poverty organizations nationwide with a goal of: improving the chances for low-income moms and their children to outgrow poverty; empowering dads so they can fully embrace fatherhood and the responsibilities that accompany this role; and, supporting programs that provide high-quality early education and engage parents in the healthy development of their children.