What We Fund
We support projects that explore and champion unconditional cash for Americans.
The initiatives we run and support are focused on immediate opportunities to help Americans make ends meet and strategies to advance bold ideas on unconditional cash. In our first year, our grantees have published groundbreaking research on the macroeconomic implications of basic income in the United States, built diverse coalitions around a carbon fee and rebate for DC residents, and produced documentaries on the long history of basic income ideas.
We fund RESEARCH to better understand the promise and risks of cash-based benefits, advocacy CAMPAIGNS to expand them, and creative CULTURE work to inspire people to think about how cash provides economic security to all. Our grantees are diverse in mission, size, and leadership, but share a commitment to the economic security of Americans and a belief that we owe it to the American people to combine big thinking with rigorous evidence to do what we know works.
The Roosevelt Institute
The Roosevelt Institute bring together thousands of thinkers and doers—from a new generation of leaders in every state to Nobel laureate economists—working to redefine the rules that guide our social and economic realities. They are analyzing potential revenue options, reviewing the behavioral impact of unconditional cash transfers on labor market participation, education, and entrepreneurship, and modeling possible macroeconomic impacts.Learn More
The Niskansen Center is a libertarian think tank that works to change public policy through direct engagement in the policymaking process: developing and promoting proposals to legislative and executive branch policymakers, building coalitions to facilitate joint action, and marshaling the most convincing arguments in support of our agenda. They are producing original research on child allowance and exploring a robust, universal income floor as a prosperity-enhancing policy.Learn More
Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN)
The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is a grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. They are building a grassroots coalition and campaign for support of a local carbon tax that would be rebated in equal shares to all D.C. residents.Learn More
Center for Popular Democracy
The Center for Popular Democracy works to create equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. They are exploring potential efforts to reimagine and expand the state earned income tax credit (EITC).Learn More
Golden State Opportunity
The Golden State Opportunity Foundation works to improve the lives of lower and middle income Californians through a program of research, analysis, public information and education. They are exploring opportunities to expand on the existing efforts around the CalEITC to set California apart as a state committed to increasing economic security for all of its residents.Learn More
Listen First Tour
Led by Mia Birdsong, a celebrated family activist who advocates for the strengthening of communities and the self-determination of low-income people, the Listen First Tour will refocus the voices of people who are poor as central to the conversation on a basic income to ensure a movement that is inclusively built and led with people who are poor holding power.