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by Mona Bandov, Aleksandr Faynleyb, Christina Steinmeier, Rohan Agarwal

When operating a community referral platform like Alluma’s One Degree, there is a delicate balance between respecting the privacy of people seeking help and knowing just who is being helped through your efforts.

This year, in partnership with the UC School…


By Robert Phillips, President and CEO, Alluma

This week, American democracy experienced words that haven’t been spoken in this country in association with an election for 150 years: “coup d’état,” “sedition,” and “insurrection.” Whatever word you choose, it was, in short, one of the foulest deeds of our time —…


By Robert Phillips and Rey Faustino

Imagine losing your job. Contracting COVID-19. Struggling to pay your rent and feed your children. All of us face crises and challenges in our lives. These challenges can last for months or years and can happen suddenly and without warning. Many of us will…


Alluma, a nonprofit social enterprise that connects people to essential services through technology and policy expertise, has announced the appointment of three new board members: Karla Monterroso, CEO of Code2040; Michael McAfee, Ed.D., …


Profiles in Disconnection: SNAP & College Students

By Luis Hernandez, Communications and Business Development Associate, Alluma

I hear the sounds of rustling papers in the background as I chat with my friend Sandra* (her name has been changed for this article) on the phone. …


By Robert Phillips, President and CEO, Alluma

“He cried for his mother while the murder unfolds!! If it wasn’t for the cellphone, Chauvin would still be at home feeling justified because of George’s skin tone!!!” — LL Cool J

Over my adult life, I have been either witness to, or…


By Steve “Spike” Spiker, Executive Director, Chief Data Officer

We, the people, need a Data Bill of Rights. More specifically, we need our state and federal governments to adopt a Data Bill of Rights. The purpose would be to guarantee that data will be used in the best interests of…


By Robert Phillips, President and CEO, Alluma

In the past decade, we have seen equity solidify into a broad and potentially transformative social change agenda. This shift reflects a desire to ensure every person in the United States is fairly included in a society in which we all have the…


Change is coming to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), as the federal government prepares to implement its final “public charge rule” on October 15. …


By Robert Phillips, President and CEO, Alluma

In his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt outlined the bedrock of America’s core values: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The “Four Freedoms” articulated a vision that a healthy democratic society…

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