About The 2020 Plan

The 2020 Plan is a collective impact initiative designed to reduce the poverty rate by 30% by 2020 in South St. Petersburg, an area that occupies about one-third of the City of St. Petersburg and is the largest concentration of poverty in Pinellas County, Florida.

5 unique facets of The 2020 Plan

  1. It is Florida’s largest poverty-reduction plan (by geographic span and scope of actions).
  2. It is the only such plan with a specific target for reducing the poverty rate.
  3. It one of only two such plan in Florida that functions as a collective impact initiative, which differs from traditional collaboration.
  4. It is the only such plan that aligns economic & workforce development with social services.
  5. It is the only such plan created by the community rather than by the social service or government sectors.

Who leads it? Who’s involved?

The 2020 Plan is led by a network of 100 partners, and backed by funders such as Allegany Franciscan Ministries, the City of St. Petersburg, United Way Suncoast, Florida Blue Foundation, and Bon Secours Mission Fund, as well as business leaders from the St. Petersburg Chamber and St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation.

The plan is endorsed by city, county, state and federal officials and was named as one of the top five priorities of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, following his election in 2013.

The plan is implemented by service providers who excel in the interventions needed to move the poverty needle. They include Pinellas Opportunity Council, Pinellas County Urban League, Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-Entry Coalition, Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation, Mt Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, and others.

3 layers of leadership

  1.  The 2020 Core Team of 13 community leaders includes nine founders of the vision
  2. The 2020 Plan Taskforce of 60 leaders meets quarterly to review progress, recommend changes and synthesize resources
  3. The 2020 Partner Network of 100 key leaders and organizations contribute time, talent or treasure to 2020-supported projects

What does the 2020 team do?

The 2020 Core Team functions as a “backbone organization” that plays three primary roles in the collective design of the 2020 Plan. Importantly, 2020 does not operate programs that serve the poor. Rather, we support the network of agencies whose work can help move the poverty needle.

3 roles of The 2020 Plan team

  1. 2020 collectively raises resources: We help raise the millions of dollars in resources needed to implement interventions that move the poverty needle. So far, the 2020 team has helped raise close to $8.1 million to expand programs that put more people on a path out of poverty through employment or self-employment to increase their income to “above poverty level.”
  2. 2020 organizes collective impact projects: We organize & support collective impact projects and strategies that speed progress by integrating and de-duplicating community programs, and activating new resources. Examples on next page.
  3. 2020 supports data-driven action: We help evaluate the performance of poverty-reduction efforts, and help funders evolve to data-driven investment by providing quality research and reporting on poverty and progress in South St. Petersburg. 

Learn more & support

Join us for the 2020 Plan Annual Meeting, May 23rd 9 to 11 a.m. at the Manhattan Casino (second floor), 642 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712.

Gypsy C. Gallardo, CEO
The 2020 Plan

Tiffany Moore, Workgroups Coordinator
The 2020 Plan


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