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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 here. The second cohort of The Magnolia Mother’s Trust began in March 2020 and grew to serve 110 women.

Pilot Data Report

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The second cohort of mothers began just as nationwide lockdowns and social distancing measures were being put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While data continues to be finalized, initial results are promising. In contrast to members of a comparison group, MMT mothers were:

  • 40% less likely to report debt from emergency financing,
  • 20% more likely to have children performing at or above grade level,
  • 27% more likely to seek professional medical help for sickness or chronic illness,
  • able to budget up to $150 more for food and household costs resulting in lowered food insecurity and struggles with basic needs.

Magnolia Mother's Trust Videos

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CEO Aisha Nyandoro at TEDx Jackson 2019

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