2020 was life-changing, particularly for Philadelphians living in poverty.

A global pandemic. A crashing economy. National racial reckoning. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that local—and national—leaders work together.

The Forum on Justice & Opportunity was an immersive, week-long virtual experience.

Six sessions focused on ensuring equity during economic recovery. More than 15 local and national thought leaders. Interactive workshop-style group activities. Social work CEUs for practitioners. And actionable take-aways to help attendees #ChallengePoverty.

Day One

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How do human services in Philadelphia address the root causes of poverty and access to opportunity, which, at the core, have a long history of racism?

Day Two

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Culture—and the culture of poverty—impedes upward economic mobility. How can you help remove barriers that too many people and families face?

Day Three

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How can we use data to drive change? This panel will focus on the social determinants of health and how to address them. The Scattergood Foundation will draw on the data presented in their sponsored research paper, “Place Matters,” and highlight the use of data in the RISE Partnership, an initiative to help improve the outcomes of nonprofits in the region.

Day Four

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How can we help people and families hurt by a flawed benefits system, specifically the Cliff Effect, a dynamic that occurs when a slight increase in a worker’s income results in the sudden loss of public benefits, which is worth much more than the income increase itself?

Day Five - Part One

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How can we work to address un- and underemployment to ensure racial equity during the economic recovery? Government and nonprofit leaders will engage in a panel discussion.

Day Five - Part Two

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What are the next steps for collective action that can provide racial equity during the economic recovery? After recapping the week’s line-up, we will each reflect upon what we learned, what inspired us most, and plan for how we each can take action. What is our accountability moment? How are each of us going to be part of the solution?


We are grateful for the generous support from this year's sponsors of the Forum on Justice & Opportunity.

Alan and Debbie Casnoff
Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Dave and Jacqui Griffith
Duane Morris LLP
Drexel University
Exude, Inc.
Fairmount Ventures, Inc.
Louis N. Cassett Foundation
Permit Capital Advisors, LLC
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Pink Social Strategies
Trinity Asset Protection, Inc.

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