GRACE (Gather, Respect, Advocate, Change, Engage)
California has the highest rate of child poverty in the country, 20.6 percent, almost two
million children according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which accounts for cost of living. This is a human and fiscal crisis.
GRACE, an anti-poverty non-profit based in California, is dedicated to changing that.
GRACE is a ministry of the Daughters of Charity, who have been serving the poor in California since 1852.
GATHER and RESPECT
GRACE has convened major conferences and working groups with experts across the state and the country, and built partnerships with leading organizations throughout California to address the crisis levels of child poverty. Over 175 organizations in California are actively supported state legislation GRACE sponsored in 2017.
ADVOCATE and CHANGE
GRACE has undertaken the research necessary to guide change and the advocacy necessary to achieve it. In partnership with the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, GRACE developed a comprehensive, data-driven policy approach that will substantially reduce child poverty by investing in programs that create equal opportunities for children living in poverty.
With funding from the GRACE End Child Poverty Institute, GRACE sponsored legislation, The Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act (AB 1520) that required the development of a comprehensive, data-driven state plan with unanimous, bi-partisan support and was signed by Governor Brown in 2017. The Task Force implementing that plan issued its report in November 2018. [You can insert a link to the Task Force Report here.] The End Child Poverty in CA Campaign is working on implementation of that plan. To learn more about the End Child Poverty in CA Campaign, click here.
To raise public awareness of the crisis levels of child poverty in California, GRACE and its affiliated 501(c)(4), GRACE End Child Poverty Institute, launched the End Child Poverty in California education campaign. The goal of the campaign is to build a movement and mobilize hundreds of thousands of concerned individuals and community, nonprofit and faith-based organizations to act to end child poverty.