2Gen/DIG

What is 2Gen?

 Two-generation (2Gen) approaches focus on addressing the needs of both children and the adults in their lives together. 2Gen approaches target the WHOLE FAMILY to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty.

What’s ONF’s role?

Over the next couple of years, grantee partners, O’Neill family members, and staff will have the opportunity to engage in a 2Gen learning agenda. In partnership with Ascend at the Aspen Institute, we anticipate there to be periodic calls, virtual meetings, and convenings with other 2Gen grantee partners, 2Gen experts, and Ascend Network Partners to share insights and best practices. As part of this agenda, the O’Neill Foundation launched a Learning Community for our 2Gen grantees, which is convened on a quarterly basis.

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Past meeting resources

Resources from Grantee Partners

2Gen Webinars

(June 2021) Our staff hosted a 2Gen Learning Community session for ONF’s grantee partners to learn about and discuss the future of care coordination, developing a shared language and common data model, and technology platforms and data integration tools. Speakers included: Karen Cramer, Chief Community Impact Officer, TechBridge; Kathryn Lawler, Executive Director at the Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement; and Andrew Cavanagh, Director of Research and Evaluation at Educational Alliance.

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(October 2020) The Pascale Sykes Foundation, the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University-Camden, and the University of Pennsylvania co-hosted Impact of the Whole Family Approach on Working Families, a virtual event showcasing new research that demonstrates the powerful results of the Whole Family Approach for working, low-income families. In addition to sharing valuable insights, this event highlighted how family-centered approaches like the Whole Family Approach have helped mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on families and communities.

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(February 2020) Anne Mosle, Vice President at the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of Ascend, spoke at the City Club of Cleveland. Her speech highlighted the national momentum around serving families holistically and was a part of the “Resilient Families” series sponsored by the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation and Saint Luke’s Foundation.


(January 2020) In this webinar, TechBridge kicked off our learning agenda this year with an information-packed webinar on how nonprofits and nonprofit collaboratives can map their clients’ journeys through programs and services, particularly through a whole family lens. 

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(June 2019) In this webinar, Ascend at the Aspen Institute highlights the tools and resources available for organizations exploring evaluation and data collection, reviews best practices for 2Gen planning, and explores goals for O’Neill grantees moving from planning to implementation phases.

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(February 2018) In this webinar, Ascend’s staff provide an overview of the 2Gen framework that supports children and adults, share examples of 2Gen work currently being implemented across the country, and highlight best practices.

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Resources from the Field

Ascend, Aspen Institute

Other Resources