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Poor adults are almost 5x more likely to report being in fair or poor health

Low-income Americans have higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other chronic disorders than wealthier Americans.

Source: 2015, How Are Income and Wealth Linked to Health and Longevity?
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2 of the 30 fastest growing occupations require a bachelor’s degree for an entry-level position

2 of the 30 fastest growing occupations require a bachelor’s degree for an entry-level position

But jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree are projected to grow faster than overall job growth over the next 10 years.

Source: 2012, Labor Market and Demographic Analysis: A National Picture of Short-term Employment Growth by Skill
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In 2012, 96% of gains in charitable giving were offset by losses in giving

In 2012, 96% of gains in charitable giving were offset by losses in giving

Gains of $769 million from new, current, and previously lapsed donors were nearly canceled out by losses of $735 million.

Source: 2013, 2013 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report
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A combination of policies would reduce New York City’s poverty rate by nearly 69%

Promising policies include transitional jobs, earnings supplements, a higher minimum wage, increased SNAP benefits, and more.

Source: 2015, How Much Could Policy Changes Reduce Poverty in New York City?
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51% of US low-income men ages 18-44 lack any health insurance coverage

51% of U.S. low-income men ages 18-44 lack any health insurance coverage

Nineteen percent of low-income men report fair or poor health vs. 4.9 percent among higher-income men ages 18–44.

Source: 2013, The Health of Disconnected Low-Income Men
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20% to 50%: The variation in how much money trickles down to local public sectors

20% to 50%: The variation in how much money trickles down to local public sectors

Research indicates that more money in a local public sector appeared to increase a government’s effectiveness.

Source: 2013, Analyzing the Role of the Local Public Sector in Achieving Sustainable Development: Does More Spending at the Local Level Result in Better Development Outcomes?
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