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Taking a Community-Wide Approach to Ending Poverty

Taking a Community-Wide Approach to Ending Poverty. Most poverty programs lack a system-wide scope of effort. But when ALL stakeholders — people in poverty, communities, businesses, and organization — come to the table with a coherent plan of action, amazing things happen!


Collaboration & Community Impact


Phil DeVol
Author, Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin-By' World & Bridges Across Every Divide
Phil DeVol is an international consultant who has been working with aha! Process since 1997. He is the author Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-by-World and he also co-wrote Bridges Out of Poverty. His books are being used to engage people in poverty in the work of building communities where everyone can live well.
Stephen MacDonald
Emerge Solutions
Stephen MacDonald is the Bridges Out of Poverty (BOP) Coordinator at the Lucas County Family Council in Toledo, Ohio. He works with the Lucas County Impact Coalition to support cross sector initiatives that increase community prosperity including Employer Resource and Networks Employer Sponsored Small Dollar Loans. Stephen is the president of the national non-profit Emerge Solutions, which supports communities of practice across the country to prevent, alleviate and eliminate poverty.


  • The value of system-wide approaches to poverty alleviation
  • The value of convening multiple stake-holders
  • The importance of individual action, organizational action, community action, and policy change.


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