At the heart of the American Dream lies the promise that ours is a land of opportunity. Yet, 100 million people in this nation live in or near poverty. PolicyLink works across sectors, in a multifaceted approach, to push targeted and innovative policy changes that create good jobs, build vibrant opportunity-rich communities, and ensure all—especially people of color—can participate in the economic and civic mainstream. Equity is the superior growth model.
Through the approach of Lifting Up What Works, our programmatic initiatives are organized within three interlocking, mutually reinforcing areas of work. Through these initiatives, we advance policies to enable everyone to participate in an equitable economy, live in a community of opportunity, and thrive in a just society.
From progressive legislation to grassroots organizing and advocacy, from philanthropic efforts to socially responsible businesses, we spotlight leading-edge examples of equity in action. The people, practices and policies highlighted in this section are innovative and time-tested examples of what works in communities across the nation.