United Way for Greater Austin receives $450,000 grant to fight systemic poverty


United Way for Greater Austin was awarded a $450,000 grant by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation to fund its Austin 2-Gen Strategic Plan, according to a Dec. 18 news release.

The plan involves a year-long strategy process that will develop intergenerational support for families affected by systemic poverty.

In 2013, United Way for Greater Austin was selected in the inaugural group of Ascend 2-Gen Network partners by the Aspen Institute, a nonprofit think tank based in Washington D.C. Each member network is tasked with building a local ecosystem of intergenerational support to disrupt the cycle of poverty.

The Austin 2-Gen Network focuses on low-income parents and children from the same family, providing high-quality services for both to help establish stability and self-sufficiency.

Some of the Dell Foundation grant will also be invested in local organizations through Austin 2-Gen Community Investment Grants. Recipients will be announced in March, according to the release.

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Emma Freer
Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. Her beat includes the Travis County Commissioners Court and local business news. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.
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