Whole Family Approaches to Economic Mobility: A Funder’s Guide to Supporting Multigenerational Policy and Practice

 Whole Family Approaches to Economic Mobility: A Funder’s Guide to Supporting Multigenerational Policy and Practice

A toolkit from Women's Funding Network and Ascend at the Aspen Institute calls for philanthropic investments in a multi-generation, whole-family approach to family well-being and calls for an intentional and equal focus on services and opportunities for both child and parent. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Whole Family Approaches to Economic Mobility: A Funder's Guide to Supporting Multigenerational Policy and Practicetoolkit is designed to help funders identify how they can directly engage grantees, parents, and policy makers and be more responsive in their grantmaking. The whole-family model is based on five elements — postsecondary education and employment pathways; early childhood education and development; economic assets; health and well-being; and social capital — and five principles — measure and account for outcomes for both children and their parents; engage and listen to the voices of families; ensure equity; foster innovation and evidence together; and align and link systems and funding streams. The toolkit offers resources for internal engagement, including templates, resources, and checklists designed to help foundations assess foundation fit and amplify outcomes through whole-family investing approaches; insights, tools, and strategies for engaging parents; resources, information, and tools for communicating and working with grantees, encouraging partnerships, and defining roles; and resources for foundations interested in working on policy and building knowledge around state and federal policy.