Organization Name: The Hope Center for Community, College and Justice

Focus Area: Adult Learners
Region: United States
Sector: Non-Profit
Investment Year: 2020
Status: Alumni
The Hope Center for Community, College and Justice (Hope Center) is a national movement that focuses exclusively on supporting college students’ living expenses and basic needs. Its work includes conducting research on meeting basic needs of students and developing supporting innovative, sustainable and effective solutions that can scale to meet widespread demands. The Hope Center partners with a number of mission-aligned organizations to carry out its mission of empowering college students for success, including the Believe in Students, Edquity, Swipe Out Hunger, and many others. . Central to its work is its #RealCollege survey, the nation’s largest and longest-running annual assessment of basic needs insecurity among college students.

Why We Invested

The security of parenting students’ basic needs is central to their ability to pursue and education that leads to long-term economic security. Understanding and elevating student parents as a key population for consideration when considering students’ basic needs and determining how to allocate and effectively utilize emergency aid funding is critical. Imaginable Futures supports the Hope Center and Believe in Students’ study of student parents’ basic needs, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as best practices for distributing emergency aid fors student parents. We believe that these reports will build awareness of student parents and provide the resources needed to allow higher education institutions and policy makers to implement practices that benefit student parents.