LIFT is many people working toward a common vision
We have had an incredible 2012, and we are thrilled to
share with you how your support translated into real
impact for LIFT families across the country. This year,
LIFT continued to buck national trends; while joblessness
and economic insecurity continue to affect countless
Americans, LIFT helped more clients than ever before on
their road to greater stability. LIFT helped our clients access
$4 million in public benefits and tax credits, achieve an 80%
job interview-to-job placement rate, and generate close to
$6 million in wages.
We are pleased to have launched LIFT’s first West Coast
office in Los Angeles. And even more exciting, we have
deployed more than 730 volunteer advocates, who have
logged 33,000 meetings and served more than 11,000
clients--all records. Finally, we developed an ambitious five
year growth strategy and launched a $10 million growth
capital campaign to help us expand our reach and deepen
our impact over the next five years. Together, we have had
an exceptional year of achievement, and we aim to rise to
new heights in 2013.
The theme of this impact report is oneLIFT. To us, LIFT
has always been about a single community made up of
clients, advocates, staff, donors, partners, Board Members,
and others collaborating across geographies, roles, and
backgrounds in a singular effort to help each other. Each of
us recognizes that we have a responsibility to one another.
LIFT IMPACT REPORT 2012
80% OF LIFT CLIENTS WHO
GO ON JOB INTERVIEWS
GET A JOB
We are oneLIFT.
We are inspired every day by the contributions that you,
our supporters, make to our work. And we celebrate this
collaboration, and what it has meant for our work with
client families, in this report.
Unfortunately, the demand for our services continues to
grow. In September, the U.S. Census Bureau announced
that 46.2 million Americans today live in poverty. That’s 1 in
6 of our neighbors who are struggling every day to make
ends meet, and this number does not include the many
millions more that live beyond the technical definition
of poverty but far from what any of us would consider
economic stability. It is for them that we do this work.
As you read this report, we encourage you to reflect on
your relationship with LIFT and challenge yourself to get
involved even more deeply than you already are. You are
an essential part of this work. Thank you for your support.
Kirsten E. Lodal
Michael F. Gilligan
Chairman, National Board of Directors
LIFT HAS INCREASED
THE NUMBER OF CLIENTS
WE’VE SERVED THIS YEAR
LIFT HELPED OUR CLIENTS
GENERATE CLOSE TO
$6 MILLION IN WAGES