Go Ask ALICE: Down the Rabbit Hole

Part I of my three part series on charitable giving, and the ways the government, the donors, and the recipients of gifts are changing their perspective.

Meet A.L.I.C.E.

No, not the Disney version of the blonde girl in the blue dress. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The acronym was created by The United Way as a result of a pilot program conducted in New Jersey. It has since expanded to include Indiana and fifteen other states. ALICE earns above the federal poverty level, but does not earn enough to afford a bare-bones household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care. She is your child care worker, your parent on Social Security, the cashier at your supermarket, the gas attendant, the salesperson at your big box store, your waitress, a home health aide, an office clerk. ALICE cannot always pay the bills, has little or nothing in savings, and is forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge.

Continue reading at National Road Magazine

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