We Won't End Persistent Poverty Until
We Change the Way We Think About Poverty

Listening to Families. Building Better Solutions. Changing Mindsets.

In the United States, poverty assistance programs often focus on correcting a perceived lack of discipline among the poor—a mindset that drives today’s assistance programs to only offer help when participants meet standards of ‘good behavior’. Such programs may temporarily relieve acute financial stress but do little to end the root causes of persistent poverty.

At The Prosperity Agenda, we believe lasting economic security is possible when we use human-centered design to build financial wellness programs that put people in the driver’s seat. We understand that all people are capable of making their own best decisions, and we build solutions to poverty based on that understanding.

The Innovation Lab

listen, evolve & design

The Innovation Lab partners with families first, then brings in nonprofits, financial institutions, and government agencies to increase the financial wellness and career readiness of those they serve. Traditional ideas about what people “need” to achieve financial stability can do more harm than good. We instead use a human-centered design approach because we believe in the resourcefulness of all.

The Innovation Marketplace

tools to spread change

Our Innovation Marketplace offers coaching training and tools to help the poverty alleviation community more effectively coach their clients towards economic security.  Our tested, results-oriented products and training modules are developed using human-centered design and principles of trauma-informed care and behavioral economics to help agencies become better partners to the people they serve.

Our Project Stories

Money Mindset Cards

Designed for any level of financial knowledge, this set of 30 activity cards allow staff to facilitate a dialogue about money, financial values, and personal motivations. This awareness helps people make decisions that are right for them–even when financial stressors hit. Good for groups or 1:1 coaching, they are easy to facilitate and to fit into your existing programs.

Increasing Employment Engagement & Equity

EmpACT: Employment as a Practice

How do you increase engagement, reduce attrition, and help entry-level employees develop critical professional skills? Perhaps even more importantly, how do you make frontline employees feel valuable rather than expendable?

If we approach our solutions to poverty with the mindset that ‘poor people’ are incapable of making the ‘right’ decisions for themselves and others, then we miss the opportunity to achieve greater impact.

TPA Manifesto

TPA Voices Podcast

To create an enduring difference in the lives of those experiencing persistent poverty, we must challenge the dominant narratives that get in the way of effective solutions. Through insightful discussions, expert interviews, and shared research in the field, TPA’s podcast explores ways to change our mindsets and build better programs for families living in poverty.

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