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Trickle Up

is a small, dynamic organization with an energetic and dedicated team. We value talent, commitment, and a knowledge of poverty alleviation and international development work. If you are interested in employment opportunities with us, please see the postings below for descriptions and information on how to apply.

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Trickle Up was founded in 1979 at a time when “trickle down” economics was the conventional wisdom. The economic philosophy of the time was that if you invest in business at the highest level of society, the benefits would eventually trickle down to the rest of the population. Even foreign aid distribution, for all its good intentions, operated from the same perspective. Yet we watched the poor getting poorer while the rich benefited from this approach. It wasn’t working, and communities around the world were suffering as a result. When Trickle Up founders Glen and Mildred Robbins Leet traveled to one of the Caribbean’s poorest nations, Dominica, they saw firsthand that huge sums of money allocated to top levels of society never reached the world’s poorest.