Resources on Poverty for Education And Advocacy

Here are online materials that can inform and support your education efforts about poverty in Wisconsin. Included are:

  • Information on the United Kingdom’s successful effort to reduce child poverty, which is the inspiration for the “End Child Poverty” campaign;
  • Worship and adult education resources on poverty from Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Council of Churches;
  • State- and county-level fact sheets and reports on poverty, hunger, unemployment, and assistance programs in Wisconsin; and
  • Advocacy and public policy websites for many denominations.

United Kingdom’s Anti-Poverty Effort

The United Kingdom’s Child Poverty Target: Lessons for the U.S.

Smeeding T, Waldfogel J. Fighting poverty in the US & UK: an update. 2010.

Waldfogel, J. Britain’s War on Poverty

Worship and Adult Education

From Charity to Justice. When it comes to fighting poverty, some congregations support direct service activities such as food pantries or homeless shelters, but are less comfortable with public policy advocacy. You can help your congregation to go beyond service to advocacy with From Charity to Justice by the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. [Although the I-CAN Interfaith Congregational Action Network referenced in the guide is no longer active, the adult study curriculum remains a very useful resource.]

$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America – Congregational Study Guide by Rev. Yvette J. Schock and Robert D. Francis. Eight-session small group study guide on the book by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer which tells the stories of households surviving on virtually no cash income.  Learn more about the book and find related news and resources at

Hope in a Time of Poverty. Brief reflections on poverty by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that look at the institutional and systemic causes of poverty in our country today. Sections on: Nutrition and Food Security, Fair Wages and Economic Security, Environmental Justice, and Immigration, each with questions for spiritual reflection in the parish or in small groups. Find additional resources from USCCB.

Eradicating Poverty: The Call of the Church.  National Council of Churches publication with issue summary; adult bible study; sermon starters; bulletin insert with call to worship, affirmation of faith, and prayer of confession; youth activity, and suggestions for action. (Note: the NCC Poverty Initiative referenced in this publication is now the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative, a ministry of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.)

Poverty in Wisconsin

Institute for Research on Poverty
Fact sheets, research papers, news and event notices. Annual Wisconsin Poverty Reports, including “Jobs Recover to Help Reduce Poverty in 2012” (2014) and “Is the Safety Net Still Protecting Families from Poverty in 2011?” (2013).

Poverty and Food Security Profiles
This series of reports on poverty and food security summarizes recent trends in poverty and food security for each county with comparisons to the state, and discusses implications for policy and programs.

Wisconsin Connections
Fact sheets for assistance programs in the categories of: Cash Assistance and Tax Credits; Child Care & Child Support; Food & Nutrition; Health Care; Home & Energy. Covering Wisconsin has county-specific public benefits fact sheets.

Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
Policy recommendations, action alerts, blog posts, and publications on Family Economic Security and Racial Equity.

Center on Wisconsin Strategy
Reports and updates on jobs, racial disparities, income inequality, and related public policies, including the most recent biennial “State of Working Wisconsin” report (2015) , and “Job Watch” updates.

Ecumenical Poverty Initiative

The goal of the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative is to empower and mobilize the faith community to speak and act to end the scandal of poverty in the United States. The Initiative brings together national religious denominations as well as state ecumenical agencies and other religious organizations in the ministry to address poverty.

Advocacy and Social Justice: Denominational Web Pages

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