Fashioned after the successful poverty fighting efforts of the Horizons initiative in the nation’s northwest region, Turning the Tide on Poverty seeks to involve a wide range of community members in seeking a “place-based” solution to poverty grounded in local talents and concerns, and led by local voices. Beginning with a five-week Study Circles process, community members engage in thoughtful discussion and exploration before finalizing a community action plan. Pilot states for this project are Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. Funding and support from Everyday Democracy, The Farm Foundation, and The Kettering Foundation have made this possible.
- Turning the Tide on Poverty Study Circles Guide (Updated: 02/09/11)
- Kettering Foundation Final Report
- Farm Foundation Year Two Report
- Farm Foundation Year One Report
Everyday Democracy (formerly the Study Circles Resource Center) is a national organization that explores ways to help all kinds of people think, talk and work together to solve problems. They work with neighborhoods, cities and towns, regions, and states, helping these groups pay particular attention to how racism and ethnic differences affect the problems they address.
The Farm Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization focused on economic and policy issues impacting agriculture, the food system and rural regions. The Foundation functions as a catalyst, using conferences, workshops and other activities to bring the best information available into dialogue on important economic and public policy issues.
The Kettering Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan research organization rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. Everything Kettering researches relates to one central question: what does it take for democracy to work as it should? Or put another way: What does it take for citizens to shape their collective future? The Foundation explores ways that key political practices can be strengthened through innovations that emphasize active roles for citizens.