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  • Webinar: Strategic Philanthropy, featuring the Institute for Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University | Asset Funders Network
    strategic framework of asset development how it can impact sector based strategies and examples of how funders are applying this strategic approach to effect greater social and economic impact Webinar speakers included Janet Boguslaw Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University Daria Sheehan Citi Foundation Rafael O Morales Silicon Valley Community Foundation Resources Asset Funders Network Brief Strategic Philanthropy Integrating Investments in Asset Building a Framework for Impact May 2015 Click here to review or dowload the presentation PDF Click here to view the recording From the Institue on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University Why Assets Assets are the foundation of resources that families and communities draw on to meet more than their basic needs Assets are resources used to promote family mobility and well being and include such things as savings education good health home ownership and the connections people have to each other as pathways or networks to other resources and mutual support Nearly two in five families in the US are asset poor their financial assets cannot bridge essential living expenses for three months during times of economic difficulty without falling into poverty Income when coupled with assets provides a family with economic security and the opportunity for moving ahead Income provides an important basis for building assets needed to save for future needs pursue an education buy a home start a business live securely in retirement and weather economic challenges of unemployment illness or disaster Families use income to meet daily needs while assets provide stability and security and can grow and accumulate over time The opportunity to build a life of security stability and well being is at the heart of the American Dream Opportunities for success rely on individual effort in a context of formal and informal public policies programs

    Original URL path: http://assetfunders.org/connect/webinar-strategic-philanthropy-featuring-brandeis-university-and-iasp (2016-05-01)
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  • Webinar: Retirement Savings Strategies | Asset Funders Network
    Strategies Webinar Retirement Savings Strategies Apr 29 2015 On April 29 2015 AFN convened an exciting discussion on how foundations can play a role in supporting retirement options and opportunities for workers who do not have such benefits through their employment We reviewed recent federal and state policy changes myRA Illinois Secure Savings how philanthropy can support and create a climate for worker retirement research coalition building education and current

    Original URL path: http://assetfunders.org/connect/webinar-retirement-savings-strategies (2016-05-01)
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  • Webinar: Worker-Owned Cooperatives:  Moving Beyond Personal Financial Products to Expand Ownership Opportunities for America’s Working Families | Asset Funders Network
    Worker Owned Cooperatives Moving Beyond Personal Financial Products to Expand Ownership Opportunities for America s Working Families Mar 05 2015 Project EquityJoin AFN on Thursday March 5th at 11 am PST for Worker Owned Cooperatives Moving Beyond Personal Financial Products to Expand Ownership Opportunities for America s Working Families In today s economy holding down a job or even two is not enough to get out of poverty and savings and micro enterprise programs cannot always bridge the gap Worker owned cooperatives represent a new iteration of asset building strategies that can move low income families including communities of color that are hardest hit by wage and wealth gaps toward financial security Worker ownership combines quality job creation with shared entrepreneurship opportunities to enable low wage workers to increase their skills income and assets Join AFN on March 5th to learn about current research on how worker owned businesses build assets and the success factors in worker coop development and to hear from two leaders of cutting edge initiatives in the field Project Equity works on multiple pathways to expanding worker ownership in the San Francisco Bay Area including incubating and converting busineseses and Opportunity Threads a worker owned cut

    Original URL path: http://assetfunders.org/connect/webinar-worker-owned-cooperatives (2016-05-01)
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  • Webinar: Tax Expenditures: Who Benefits? | Asset Funders Network
    Expenditures Who Benefits Dec 04 2014 A national discussion is underway about the causes and effects of income and wealth inequality including recent attention to the role of the U S tax code The federal tax code contains more than 1 trillion in tax subsidies known to policymakers and economists as tax expenditures because they are a form of spending through the tax code Of these subsidies more than half a trillion 540 billion support some form of savings or investment e g higher education retirement homeownership but wealthier households receive most of the benefits The call featured presentations from stakeholders deeply engaged in advancing a range of tax policy solutions with a particular focus on the policy agenda emerging from the Tax Policy Advisory Group of the Asset Funders Network Tax Policy Project Speakers MODERATOR Heather McCulloch Director Tax Policy Project SPEAKERS Lewis Brown Jr Senior Associate PolicyLink Amanda Feinstein Senior Program Officer Walter Elise Haas Fund Steering Committee Member Asset Funders Network Jeremie Greer Director of Government Affairs CFED Benjamin H Harris Fellow and Hamilton Project Policy Director Brookings Institution Webinar Resources Webinar Recording PowerPoints Additional resources mentioned during the webinar Building an Equitable Tax Code A Primer

    Original URL path: http://assetfunders.org/connect/webinar-tax-expenditures-who-benefits (2016-05-01)
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  • Webinar: Asset Building Outcomes from Microenterprise: What do we know, what do we need to learn? | Asset Funders Network
    FAQ Membership Form Connect AFN Events Past Events Events from the Field Grantmaker Conference 2015 Join our Mailing List Home Connect Webinar Asset Building Outcomes from Microenterprise What do we know what do we need to learn Webinar Asset Building Outcomes from Microenterprise What do we know what do we need to learn Nov 19 2014 In today s economy business ownership is emerging as an increasingly important way for lower income individuals to develop wealth Join AFN and FIELD at the Aspen Institute as they present the state of research regarding the asset building effects of microenterprise programs This webinar will provide an overview of the research about the outcomes of microenterprise development in the United States Join your colleagues for an interactive conversation about what we know about the extent to which microenterprise development programs help individuals to build wealth through business ownership and what else we still need to learn Moderator Jill Geltmaker Operations and Grants Manager Asset Funders Network Speaker Joyce Klein Director Aspen Institute Microenterprise Fund for Innovation Effectiveness Learning and Dissemination FIELD The following resources were featured in the webinar PowerPoint presentation slides PDF AFN and FIELD brief Building Assets through Microbusiness PDF FIELD

    Original URL path: http://assetfunders.org/connect/asset-building-outcomes-microenterprise (2016-05-01)
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  • Webinar: Investing in Savings At Tax Time: Insights for Funders | Asset Funders Network
    Insights for Funders Webinar Investing in Savings At Tax Time Insights for Funders Oct 22 2014 Tax time is a critical moment in the financial lives of working families The Earned Income Tax Credit is widely regarded as one of the most effective poverty alleviation programs in the country because it puts money back into the hands of working families lifting millions of families and children above the poverty line every year However for many working families the EITC alone is not enough to build financial security Funders practitioners and policy makers across the country recognize the potential impact of integrating asset building services into tax time efforts as a way to help working families leverage their tax credits and begin saving This webinar offers a briefing on the latest innovations and best practices for helping low income consumers leverage tax time to begin saving Speakers discussed scale innovations that hold promise for transforming the way low income consumers begin and build savings as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau s Ready Set Save initiative and learnings from the 2014 Tax Season This session will highlight replicable best practices for leveraging tax time and the EITC to help low

    Original URL path: http://assetfunders.org/connect/webinar-savings-at-tax-time (2016-05-01)
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  • Webinar - Ending Payday Lending Abuse: Current and Upcoming Developments | Asset Funders Network
    Join our Mailing List Join AFN Membership Options Membership FAQ Membership Form Connect AFN Events Past Events Events from the Field Grantmaker Conference 2015 Join our Mailing List Home Connect Webinar Ending Payday Lending Abuse Current and Upcoming Developments Webinar Ending Payday Lending Abuse Current and Upcoming Developments Sep 11 2014 On September 11 2014 AFN hosted a Webinar Protecting Assets Developments in Payday Lending Reform We examined the role of f aith based advocacy as it has played a critical role in local and now national campaigns to end payday lending abuses Funders learned about recent policy developments how faith based organizations have successfully contributed to reform efforts and what is expected to happen in the coming year Funders involved in this effort shared learnings and best practices as well as offer ideas for how others can get involved in helping low income families who are affected by high cost credit The webinar was jointly sponsored by the Asset Funders Network Interfaith Funders Network and Neighborhood Funders Group Moderator Aimee Durfee Y H Soda Foundation Participants include Debbie Goldstein of Center for Responsible Lending Molly Fleming Pierre of PICO National Network and Missouri Faith Voices and Ned Wight Director

    Original URL path: http://assetfunders.org/connect/webinar-ending-payday-lending-abuse-current-and-upcoming-developments (2016-05-01)
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  • The Web of Wealth: Resiliency and Opportunity or Driver of Inequality? | Asset Funders Network
    Web of Wealth Resiliency and Opportunity or Driver of Inequality The Web of Wealth Resiliency and Opportunity or Driver of Inequality Jul 31 2014 1pm EDT 12pm CDT 10am PDT Families often help each other out financially In the short term financial help often prevents those in the network from economic collapse or a serious decline in their standard of living Over the long term extended family financial support can provide a steppingstone to better opportunities such as going to college starting a business or purchasing a home Key findings from The Web of Wealth Resiliency and Opportunity or Driver of Inequality a new brief in the Institute on Asset and Social Policy s Leveraging Mobility Series were presented Participants explored the role of extended family wealth networks in providing resiliency and opportunity examined how wealth networks drive inequality and discussed the implications for funders and practitioners Moderator Annika Little Strategic Programs Director Asset Funders Network Presenters Hannah Thomas Ph D Senior Research Associate The Institute on Assets and Social Policy The Heller School at Brandeis University Kilolo Kijakazi Ph D Program Officer Ford Foundation Webinar Resources Click here for the Webinar Recording also below NOTE Due to technical issues

    Original URL path: http://assetfunders.org/connect/the-web-of-wealth-resiliency-and-opportunity-or-driver-of-inequality (2016-05-01)
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