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The Magnolia Mother’s Trust

One of the pillars of our Springboard model is the belief that all people deserve to be the authors of their own lives, and one’s destiny should not be determined by their race, gender, or class. Throughout Springboard’s existence, staff members have sat down with residents to hear directly from low-income families what they need to successfully reach their goals. But through all the conversations, there was always a common theme: families need more cash. A minimum-wage job simply does not provide enough income to support a family, and the system for obtaining supplementary benefits is stressful, dehumanizing, and time-consuming. Our mission at Springboard is to help families reach their goals in life, work, and school, but often our families are so busy trying to survive that they do not have time to set those goals.

In the fall of 2018, Springboard To Opportunities announced The Magnolia Mother’s Trust, an new initiative that provides low-income, African-American mothers in Jackson, Mississippi $1,000 cash on a monthly basis, no strings attached, for 12 months straight. While there have been several initiatives for a guaranteed income worldwide, this is the first that specifically targets extremely low-income families headed by an African-American female living in affordable housing in the United States.

The initial pilot program consisted of 20 women and ran from December 2018-November 2019. Results of the program are detailed in the report below. A larger study consisting of at least 110 women began in March 2020.

Initial Pilot Report

In the Media

Television Spots and Videos

CEO Aisha Nyandoro at TEDx Jackson 2019

NBC Nightly News

Amanpour & Company

CNBC Squak Box

MSNBC with Ali Velshi

CNN International Quest Means Business

Online and Print Articles

How a Guaranteed Income Could Relieve the Pressure Cooker of Poverty in The Nation

$1,000 No Strings Attached in The Washington Post

Baby Steps Toward Guaranteed Incomes and Racial Justice in The New York Times

Pilot Program Empowers Low-Income Black Women in The Clarion Ledger

This Basic Income Program Will Give $1,000 to Black Mothers in Fast Company

16 Black Moms are Getting a Basic Income in Mississippi in Rewire.News

Pivoting Out of Poverty on WLBT 3 On Your Side Investigates

Fifteen Black Moms to Receive $1,000 Monthly in Basic Income Experiment from Mississippi Today

Can a Guaranteed Income Pilot Advance a Method of Policymaking that Affirms Human Dignity from Ascend at The Aspen Institute

Radically, Resident Driven: Another UBI Experiment from Root Cause

Guaranteed Income in #BlackHer2020

Podcasts

Aspen Insights Podcast - Episode 25: Cash Matters

The Basic Income Pilot - A New Basic Income Pilot in Mississippi, feat. Aisha Nyandoro

All Told - $1,000 a Month, No Strings Attached