2Gen Policy: Changing the System for Women
It’s July! That means grant season at The Women’s Fund. As we prepare for finding needs and funding change, we want to share the what and why behind our two-generation (2Gen) approach because it informs all of our work and drives the decision-making in our competitive grant cycle.
In The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham’s five-county footprint (Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker county), 38% of female-headed households with children live below the federal poverty line, making them one of the most vulnerable populations in our community. Through listening sessions and community engagement, we have learned that programs serving these vulnerable families too often use fragmented approaches that address the needs of parents and children separately leaving one generation behind.
A 2Gen approach uses programs or policy to create pathways for entire families to move towards economic security.
2Gen approaches focus on creating opportunities that address the needs of whole families, integrating services and funding for mothers and their children.
There are five key “gears” that must work together for families to succeed:
As of May 2018, we have funded and facilitated 18 two-generation collaborations. The results are strong and whole families are moving forward. But our vision for transforming the region—and ultimately the state—can’t stop here.
We must grow. We must scale. We must balance each critical investment with a focus on broader systems reform.
By partnering with supporters and organizations like you our grant cycle will do just that!
We will release our 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) at the end of this month, welcoming applications from organizations who think creatively and collaboratively about how they can strengthen the economic security of women, especially single mothers and their children, through programming and public policy advocacy.
Join us on a bold journey to create change that lasts for generations and apply for a grant.