A New Look at Addressing Perpetual Poverty

This is a complimentary event for Exponent Philanthropy members and other local funders. Space is limited. 

Funders, non- profits and communities across the metro area are beginning to understand and actively address the far-reaching effects of perpetual poverty and its many causes. Join other small-staffed foundations for this quarterly gathering as we hear more about specific ways that local communities and partnerships are implementing efforts to improve life, health and poverty outcomes.


  • Presentation on Greater Washington Area efforts and research
  • Specific Northern Virginia effort implementing the Bridges Out of Poverty model

For more information and to RSVP, contact Allison Erdle,  allison@washingtonforrest.org, by October 12. Breakfast/refreshments provided. This event is for funders and is limited to 20 participants.


Offices of the Washington Forrest Foundation/B.M. Smith & Associates

2407 Columbia Pike, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22204

Parking available in Giant lot or on street and office entrance is on Columbia Pike.


About Bridges Out of Poverty

Arlington Bridges Out of Poverty is an initiative to move beyond stabilizing people in poverty to promoting their economic mobility.  It involves change at the individual, institutional and policy levels.  Almost 20,000 people in Arlington are living below the poverty level, and many more are near poverty. The current service system does not adequately address the barriers to change. Since 2016, the Department of Human Services(DHS) and the Arlington Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Center have been working with nearly 300 leaders and front-line staff from non-profit and County programs to make real changes in how they work with clients and with each other to create a more equitable environment that allows individuals to reach their potential.

The next phase is to pilot these new systems practices with 200 vulnerable Arlington families. The goal of 200 Bridges is to create a collaborative, responsive structure to help families achieve and sustain positive outcomes in housing, health, mental health, food security, employment, child care, education, and social capital. The pilot uses a two-generation approach, focusing on the needs of both the children and the adults.