Since its founding in 1985, Project Match straddled the worlds of direct service, research and program development in a range of fields related to low-income populations, including workforce development, family stability, community revitalization and financial services. Project Match operated as a Research and Development lab; developing and testing anti-poverty approaches, documenting participants’ progress and articulating lessons based on a careful analysis of month-to-month and year-to-year data.
Over the years, Project Match was recognized for its contributions to the field. Early in its history, in 1988, Project Match was an award winner in the Innovations in State and Local Government program of the Ford Foundation and Harvard University. In 2000, it was an honoree in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Families Count program; this national award program was established to recognize organizations doing outstanding work on behalf of poor families and children in the United States. Most recently, in 2008, Project Match was one of eight nonprofits internationally to receive the MacArthur Foundation’s Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
While Project Match has formally dissolved as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) as of December 31, 2013, Project Match’s mission and values will live on through founder Toby Herr’s continued work in this arena as a Research Associate at the Erikson Institute.
We offer our sincere thanks to our partners—the countless individuals, public agencies, private funders and collaborators.
Project Match’s publications and research findings will remain available on this site until June 30, 2014, and will be available to the public through the Erikson Institute’s website after that date.