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Stand Together Stories

Transformed people transform others. Their stories have the power to inspire communities to work together to make a difference. That’s why we partner with the most effective changemakers fighting to remove barriers and improve the lives of all people. Through sharing our stories, we capture the power of individuals and highlight the role these social entrepreneurs play in helping every person rise.

"The most important work being done in America today is the result of individuals and organizations finding new ways to help people transform their lives for the better.”

Stand Together is a philanthropic community that encompasses all of our efforts to improve education, business, communities, and government policy.

We stand together with the leaders of over 140 community organizations fighting poverty, more than 700 of the country’s most effective business and philanthropic leaders, over 1,000 professors at 350 universities, tens of thousands of K-12 teachers, and millions of grassroots activists across the country who wake up every day to help people improve their lives. We live in a period of unprecedented progress—economic, social, technological—but not everyone has shared in that progress. While many people have gotten ahead, too many people are falling behind. Our charge is clear: we must stand together to help every person rise.

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"We are people that are capable of extraordinary things, no matter what we’ve been through."
Founder & Executive Director, Miles of Freedom


Everyone has a unique story to tell. Poverty is complex and persistent, and the paths out are as unique as the individuals experiencing it. There is not one cause to poverty, but you’ll see some consistent themes about what it takes to break through barriers: a belief that transformation is possible, the opportunity for each person to tap into their unique gifts and talents, strong community, and the opportunity to create value for others. Stand Together Foundation partners with organizations through six portfolio topic areas focused on key barriers to opportunity and our stories are categorized accordingly.

"Where you come from does not determine where you are going. My situation didn’t change, but my perspective and my mindset did. I don’t have to be a victim of the way I grew up. The more I keep learning, the more I feel EMPOWERED."
Path Project

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