What would be your priority if you won a $429 million Powerball jackpot? Go on an exotic trip, buy a fancy car or a mansion, perhaps?
That’s why the Smith family of Trenton, N.J., is so remarkable. After hitting the jackpot a year ago, they made good on their promise to invest a good portion of their winnings to fight poverty. The eight-member family started a foundation to provide grants to organizations that improve the lives of children and families through education and neighborhood development.
Its mission: “Empower the community, cultivate leaders and transform lives.”
“We want to fund programs that directly affect systems of poverty so we can help change the systems or change the dynamics that are causing people to be in poverty,” family member and foundation program manager Harold Smith told NJ.com.
They’ve smartly tapped into what experts say is the best shot at ending the cycle of systemic poverty — the …