Many Americans feel disconnected from the activity that occupies most of their waking hours. Is work merely toil, or does it have greater meaning?

Work, though at times challenging, can be a source of dignity, character formation, and fulfillment. Work is also an effective, if often overlooked, way to contribute to the well-being of others.

We believe that a right understanding of work is key to personal satisfaction and economic flourishing. Through their work, even in the face of challenges and adversity, the Kern family built a company that employed thousands and contributed to the flourishing of countless communities.

As such, our Faith, Work, and Economics Program seeks to partner with organizations that (1) recognize the economy as a moral system in which people exchange their work and that (2) promote free enterprise grounded in moral character as an effective way to instill dignity, lift people out of poverty, and produce human flourishing.

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