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

Through our Innovation Lab, we partner with nonprofits, financial institutions, and government agencies to increase the financial wellness and career readiness of their clients. We use human-centered design and a belief in the resourcefulness of all people to create custom and pragmatic solutions that solve root issues, rather than merely addressing symptoms.

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

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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