Founded in 1998, LIFT is a national nonprofit headquartered in D.C. with sites across the U.S. Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty by investing in parents. LIFT’s one-on-one coaching program empowers parents to set and achieve goals – such as going back to school, improving credit, eliminating debt, or securing a living wage – that put their families on the path to economic mobility. We advocate policy that centers the voices of low-income families and partner with health systems, colleges, and local and national governments to deliver our services across the country.



The average LIFT family sees $63,000 in net benefits gained from improved employment opportunities and income increases – double the gains that would be achieved without LIFT’s intervention.


LIFT’s Model and Two-Generation Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence| Download

Empower Families Through Investment: LIFT’s Family Goal Fund | Download

Lavine Family Innovation Fund: Year Two Report | Download

Constituent Voice: Fiscal Year 2016 Key Findings Fact Sheet, April 2017 | Download

Listening Better10 Lessons Learned From LIFT’s Member Feedback Survey, December 2016 | Download

A Parent’s PerspectiveHow can we better support parent and caregiver engagement to improve children’s education outcomes? September 2016 | Download



Clinic-Based Financial Coaching and Missed Pediatric Preventive Care: A Randomized Trial| Pediatrics

How LIFT Is Using Cross-Class Friendships With Families To Tackle Poverty: An Interview with LIFT CEO Michelle Rhone-Collins and LA Board Member Cash Warren | Forbes

Guaranteed Income and Cash Infusions: A Three-Part Series | The Aspen Institute

Delivering Human Services During COVID-19: An Interview With LIFT CEO Michelle Rhone-Collins | Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

Client Engagement and Retention – The Secret Ingredient in Successful Financial Capability Programs | Asset Funders Network

Urban Innovation & Co-Creation: ‘If You’re Affected by Something, You Have the Most Important Voice at the Table When It Comes To Shaping the Solution.’ | The Aspen Institute

Feedback Loops: Cultivating Relationships for Better Outcomes | Center for High Impact Philanthropy

Two-Generation Strategy Yields Promising Results: The LIFT-AppleTree Partnership Pilot Project | The Aspen Institute

The Cycle of Savings: What we Gain when We Understand Savings as a Dynamic Process | The Aspen Institute

Navigating Race And New Leadership In A Time Of Upheaval | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Supporting Families During the Pandemic: Learning from Front Line Staff Experiences | Spotlight on Poverty

LIFT Voices Describe Hardships Among Black and Latina Mothers in Pandemic | Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

What It’s Like Being Undocumented During The Novel Coronavirus | ABC News

Mission: Diversity (LIFT Cover Story) | The Chronicle of Philanthropy

NPR Interviews LIFT-Los Angeles: Where To Turn When There’s Nowhere to Turn | NPR


No Mud, No Lotus: 2021-2022 Annual Report | Visit Microsite | Download

Tides of Change: 2020 Annual Report | Visit Microsite | Download

LIFT Off: 2019 Annual Report | Download

The Next Chapter: 2018 Annual Report | Download

Why We LIFT: 2017 Annual Report | Download

Big Dreams, Better Futures: 2016 Annual Report | Download

Creating A Better Way: 2015 Annual Report | Download

What Matters Most: 2014 Annual Report | Download

Building Strong Foundations: 2013 Annual Report | Download

One LIFT: 2012 Annual Report | Download