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17 Days, 17 Goals: Goal 1 - Poverty

Goal 1: No Poverty

- End poverty in all its forms everywhere -

Sustainable Development Goal 1 No Poverty

This post is part of our blog series: 17 Days, 17 Goals. The blog series features foundations working on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals leading up to the first anniversary of the SDGs. The Council on Foundations Sustainable Development Goals & Philanthropy initiative is in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and SDG Philanthropy Platform. Find us on social media with #PhilSDGs.


Goal 1: No Poverty forms the base of the SDGs as a 15-year framework to "leave no one behind" by 2030. Reducing extreme poverty was a pillar of the MDGs. Even though extreme poverty rates have been cut in half since 1990, millions still live on less than $1.25/day globally. While poverty may look different around the world, it exists everywhere. Ending poverty is truly a global issue - one that philanthropy is already working on in the United States and internationally. 

Why do we need Goal 1?

  • 836 million people still live in extreme poverty
  • 1 in 5 persons in developing regions lives on less than $1.25 per day
  • Poverty is a barrier to other areas of development - and a contributor to development issues worldwide
  • In 2014, 46.7 million Americans (14.8%) lived in poverty
  • Children, seniors, and minorities are especially vulnerable to poverty - more than 1 in 5 under the age of 18 were impoverished in 2014

What are some of the targets?

  • By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
  • Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all and achieve substantial coverage of the poor and vulnerable
  • Build resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social, and environmental shocks and disasters
  • Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional, and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions

Featured: Northwest Area Foundation

A Mission to Fight Poverty

The Northwest Area Foundation's mission is to address poverty in its geographic focus area of 8 states in the Midwest and West (ID, IA, MN, MT, ND, OR, SD, WA), as well as in 75 native nations. The foundation takes a holistic approach to addressing issues of poverty, focused on advancing good jobs and financial capability.

Throughout their grantmaking, there is a focus on Native American communities, who are historically disadvantaged and among America's poorest demographics, as well as other disadvantaged groups. A grant to Twin-Cities based Ujamaa Place, for example, will help build assets for over 20,000 low-income African Americans in the region.

The foundation also supports the Taala Fund, a Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that works with children in the Quinault Indian Nation on the Washington Pacific Coast. Native CDFI's have become an important ally in building prosperity in Indian communities, from making loans available to small businesses to helping take on unique financial literacy programs, like work with tribal children to learn the value of saving money, getting a college education, and starting new businesses on the reservation. 

The Northwest Area Foundation's strategy funds programs that both create access to wealth and also those that teach people how to manage it. Their efforts also exhibit the cross-cutting nature of the Sustainable Development Goals, a common theme in the foundations and programs profiled in this blog series, 17 Days, 17 Goals.

By striving to reduce poverty amongst disadvantaged populations, Northwest Area Foundation also makes inroads with Goal 10: Inequality. Through their work, Northwest Area Foundation is achieving the global goals with local initiatives, on a mission to end poverty in the American Northwest. 

Please read more about the amazing work of our member: 
Northwest Area Foundation

Resources & Information

  1. United Nations
  2. Feeding America
  3. United Nations Development Program

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