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Guaranteed Income: A Silver Bullet to Reduce Poverty?

Thursday, August 15, 2019 -
10:30am to 2:00pm PDT
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
2440 W El Camino Real, Unit 300, Mountain View, CA 94040
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In recent years, guaranteed income initiatives such as Universal Basic Income (UBI) have garnered national attention. The topic has been elevated in the national discourse by potential presidential candidates as part of their economic platforms.

Several policymakers, researchers, and practitioners are lifting up guaranteed income without means-testing or work requirements as a promising strategy to address poverty. Pilots all around the U.S. have begun to sprout up including here in the Bay Area. The Mayor of Stockton, Michael Tubbs, launched the first city-level guaranteed income pilot in the U.S. in 2018 with funding from the Economic Security Project. Beyond city level funding, guaranteed income is now being piloted for specific populations, like pregnant mothers, in an effort to address the racial health inequities of pregnancy outcomes.

Whether you are a funder interested in learning more about potentially supporting guaranteed income pilots or a practitioner advocating for increased government resources to address the racial wealth gap, this session will help you gain a deeper understanding of how guaranteed income is being used in different ways for different populations, how it maps against principles of equity, and how it can be an asset-building strategy.

Join us to learn:

  • How can funders support this work?
  • How are current guaranteed income pilots faring in California?
  • How can these cash supports be used effectively to address the health-wealth connection?
  • In what ways is guaranteed income being used to address equity?


10:30 AM – 11:00 PM (Registration & Networking)

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (General Session)

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM (Funder Only Session)