About our PovertyBridge Founder, Dr. Donna M. Beegle
Dr. Donna Beegle
For more than 20 years, Donna M. Beegle, has served as a national public speaker, discussion leader, trainer, and author of books and articles designed to assist professionals in providing authentic opportunities for people to move out of poverty.
Donna's work is informed by personal experiences of growing up in generational migrant labor poverty, leaving school for marriage at 15, having two children and continuing to cope with poverty for the first 28 years of her
work is also rooted in research and theory.
At 26, Donna
journey to move out and stay out of poverty.
With the support of Navigators, she
gained self-confidence, a G.E.D., an A.A. in Journalism, a B.A. (with honors) in Communications, a Master's Degree in Communication with a minor in Gender Studies (with honors), and completion of a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership.
studies on understanding the history of poverty; how people in poverty are portrayed in the media; how people in America gain information about poverty and the people who live in it; and what theories and models work to break the iron chains of poverty.
found that working to educate professionals was rewarding, she
also dreamed of working directly with people in the war zone of poverty.
knew they needed authentic experiences to remove the shame taught by poverty and rebuild a sense of hope.
also knew that he
isolation of poverty made it nearly impossible to move forward.
In 2006, Donna
, with the skills and wisdom of Chuck Forbes, designed five programs and services that would provide authentic opportunities for people to move out of poverty.
conducted the first full implementation of the Opportunity Conference with 278 people in poverty in Traverse City , Michigan in 2007.
Since then, the model has spread to Washington, Oregon, Texas, California and soon, New York.
describes the programs and services offered by PovertyBridge
as life changing for everyone involved.