Who we are

Our Vision

We envision a world where everyone has economic and social well-being with equitable and dignified access to the resources to thrive.

We envision a social services system that dismantles barriers to opportunity, promotes race and class equity, and prioritizes the needs of people over corporations.

Mission Statement

One Degree empowers people to build healthy and fulfilling lives through equity-centered technology and deep community partnerships.

Our Approach

Tech Innovation + Community Partnership

We are a non-profit startup led by people who have both used and worked in social services. Through easy-to-use technology and deep community partnership, we remove the barriers that prevent people from getting everything from housing to healthcare and beyond. We are committed not only to making services simpler to find, but to reshaping the industry to be more equitable and dignified for the people who need it most. 

Poverty is hard, but getting the right kind of help shouldn’t be.

Theory of Change

1. Inputs

People seeking help or their providers search 1degree.org for services and benefits.

2. Activity

Resource information and referrals provided for local resources that fit the person’s needs.

3. Outputs

Community members begin engagement of several types of resources through one point of access.

4. Outcomes

Services and benefits access expands locally across low-income communities.

5. Impact

Increased opportunity for communities to achieve economic stability and agency.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Our Commitments

  • One Degree is committed to centering racial, gender, and economic equity at the heart of our work.
  • We believe that achieving equity is critical to reaching our mission and vision.
  • We believe that all people—regardless of racial identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background—should have equal opportunity to achieve economic and social well-being.
  • We are committed to fully integrating equity into every aspect of our work toward dismantling structural racism. And we acknowledge that inequity must be identified and addressed at the root causes, not just the manifestations.
  • Internally, One Degree is committed to actively addressing and eliminating implicit and explicit bias as it surfaces in our communications, policies, procedures, and interactions with each other, partners, and communities.
  • Externally, we commit to working with and challenging our communities and partners to deliver solutions and programs that address root causes and symptoms of inequity.

Our Supporters

We have the privilege of working with extraordinary funders including world-class technology entrepreneurs, poverty-fighting foundations, and forward-thinking government agencies.

We would like to thank these generous supporters who have helped us grow and kept our core operations running. Donate to One Degree and join our community of world-class supporters!

“One Degree is an innovative solution to helping low-income families find, manage and share social services.”

— Daniel Lurie, Founder of Tipping Point Community