Equality Can't Wait Challenge

Digital Harbor Foundation

Last Mile Education Fund

Last Mile facilitates degree attainment for low-income women in high-demand sectors of technology and engineering, increasing both women's earning power and contributions to technology innovation.

Competition Participation
Equality Can't Wait Challenge
Gender equality
Current Work Location(s):
  • Georgia, United States
  • Maryland, United States
  • Texas, United States
  • District of Columbia, United States
  • North Carolina, United States
  • South Carolina, United States
  • Mississippi, United States
  • Arizona, United States
  • Arkansas, United States
  • New Mexico, United States
Priority Population(s):
  • Adults
  • Low-income people
  • Students
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 5. Gender equality
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary

Last Mile empowers and elevates low-income women through technical degree attainment via just-in-time basic-needs support offered with an abundance-minded investment approach. Since 56% of undergrads report experiencing basic needs insecurity and less than 20% of low-income students complete a bachelor's degree within 6 years, addressing the graduation rate among aspiring technical women represents a huge opportunity for growth. Last Mile invests in striving, low-income, undergraduate technical women with 4 or less semesters to graduation, enabling women to get to the finish line and into a high-paying career more quickly or at all. We've calculated that investing in just 3,000 of these high-potential students annually over 10 years will yield a cumulative $550M million in additional earnings for women by 2033, enabling social mobility and wealth building, increasing women's contributions to technology and innovation, and kickstarting an alumnae reinvestment engine that will enable long-term sustainability.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Digital Harbor Foundation

website: https://www.lastmile-ed.org/
Organization Headquarters
Maryland, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$1.0 to 5 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
26 to 50

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