The dominant narrative about poverty in the United States focuses on a perceived lack of discipline among the poor—a mindset that drives today’s assistance programs to be unnecessarily prescriptive and conditional on ‘good behavior.’ Such programs may triage financial stress, but do little to end persistent poverty.

At TPA, we believe lasting economic security is possible when we use human-centered design to understand that all people are capable of making their own best decisions, and build solutions to poverty based on that understanding.

Listen, evolve & design

Programs that utilize family-driven solutions to financial stress work better than directive models that focus on traditional solutions. Through our Innovation Lab, we partner with businesses, financial institutions, government agencies and nonprofits to solve a wide variety of issues that lead to increased financial wellness and career readiness. Using human-centered design, we directly consult with families and place confidence in their resourcefulness. The result: custom and pragmatic solutions that solve root issues, not just address the symptoms.

Tools to spread change

When organizations embrace the mindset shifts necessary for human-centered design, they become more effective partners for the people they serve. We enable this change by developing coaching training programs and sharing our custom Lab solutions as coaching tools, easily available to the poverty alleviation community through our Innovation Marketplace. With our tested, results-oriented products and training modules, organizations can more effectively help people work towards economic security

Our Project Stories

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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