The Gift of LIFT: Support Families This Holiday Season

By Kirsten Lodal, Michelle Rhone-Collins on November 29, 2018

Categories: Our Work

Since we first opened our doors in 1999, a lot has changed at LIFT.

We’ve empowered more than 100,000 low-income individuals and families across the U.S. to break the cycle of poverty. We’ve had thousands of volunteers – students, activists, and community members from all over the country – come to our offices to help families achieve their dreams. Together, we’ve watched our members achieve countless goals. We’ve laughed with them; we’ve cried with them. We’ve changed names, switched locations, refined our mission, and in January 2019 we will boldly step forward under new leadership.

Through it all, one thing remains a constant at LIFT: an unwavering commitment to building a more equitable future for all families.

As we approach our 20th anniversary, LIFT will continue to deliver hope, money and love to families in need. The next chapter at LIFT means investing in more families than ever before. It means growing our ability to give cash directly to our members – because we trust our members to know what is best for their families; building new partnerships and enhanced services; and reaching more parents and caregivers of young children who are locked in a daily struggle to provide for their families.

We do this work because a new chapter at LIFT means a fresh start for LIFT parents, and brighter futures for their children. Help us realize this vision by giving the gift of LIFT.


Our country has never needed LIFT more than it does right now. On behalf of our organization and the thousands of parents we serve each year, we thank you for believing in families and for believing in LIFT.

With gratitude and love,

Kirsten E. Lodal
LIFT Co-Founder & CEO

Michelle Rhone-Collins
LIFT Chief Cities Officer; Incoming CEO

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About the Authors

Kirsten Lodal

Kirsten Lodal is LIFT’s Founder and Senior Advisor. She served as the organization’s CEO for more than 20 years, from its founding in 1998 until 2019 when she passed the torch to Michelle Rhone-Collins. LIFT began as an idea during her sophomore year of college and has become one of the foremost anti-poverty organizations in Read More

Michelle Rhone-Collins

Michelle joined LIFT in 2012 as the Founding LIFT-Los Angeles Executive Director. Under her leadership, LIFT-LA has become the organization’s largest and most financially successful operation. Michelle also seeded many of the program innovations that are now core to LIFT’s nationwide program model, most notably the focus on an intergenerational approach to breaking the cycle Read More