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Reports | 2015

Breaking the Cycle: From Poverty to Financial Security for All

This report explores and provides examples of how key changes to components of the financial, education, justice, health, and tax systems can strengthen—rather than undermine—households’ financial security, and increase economic inclusion.

It describes innovative approaches that integrate a focus on building financial security across programs, while reforming the systems that most affect the...

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Categories: General Resources
New America Foundation | 2014

The Student Debt Review: Analyzing the State of Undergraduate Student Borrowing

The Student Debt Review looks at the cumulative loan debt (both public and private) taken on by students who graduated from college in the last three NPSAS administrations (2011-12, 2007-08, 2003-04). It presents charts laying out how the rate and amounts of student loan debt have changed over the past eight years, breaking the data down to look at specific types of credentials and...

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Corporation for Enterprise Development | 2014

Financial Education & Account Access Among Elementary Students: Findings from the Assessing Financial Capability Outcomes Youth Pilot

Policymakers are increasingly looking to schools to deliver financial education to students and youth. However, the lack of evidence of the effectiveness of high school financial education courses has led some to believe that teaching these concepts in high school may be too late and that reaching younger students in elementary schools may lead to better outcomes. Making that education...

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Categories: Taxes
Webinar | | 2014

Building Assets Through the Tax Code

This webinar explores ways to expand the financial security of low- and moderate-income families through reform of the U.S. tax code. The conversation 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.

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Categories: Racial Wealth Gap
Center for Family Policy & Practice; Insight Center for Community Economic Development | 2014

What We Want to Give our Kids: How Child Support Debt Can Diminish Wealth-Building Opportunities for Struggling Black Families

A study by the Center for Family Policy and Practice and Insight Center for Community and Economic Development discusses how child support enforcement policies and practices can plunge some of society's most economically vulnerable fathers and their families deeper into poverty.

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Categories: Racial Wealth Gap
| 2014

Beyond Broke: Why Closing the Racial Wealth Gap is a Priority for National Economic Security

This report uses the most recently available data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) along with the National Asset Scorecard in Communities of Color (NASCC) to highlight the current state of America’s racial wealth gap. The report also provides an in-depth analysis of housing wealth and liquid wealth, while also evaluating how wealth disparities...

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Keeping Dreams Alive: The Lane-Changer Costs of Financial Disruptions

This brief examines how families navigate potentially lane-changing life events like unemployment, and looks at the race and class implications of the unequal costs from such events. It explores how a family’s ability to limit the consequences of such an event is mitigated by its own access to resources. These resources include personal wealth, extended family wealth, and institutional...

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Categories: General Resources
Policy Brief | | 2014

Mobilizing Californians in Support of Financial Security for All

The following state and local policy and practice recommendations are informed by the nearly 1,000 women and men who participated in community conversations hosted by Californians for Prosperity. Californians reflecting our state’s great diversity expressed their concerns with and ideas for creating financial security for themselves and their families. These recommendations are rooted in the...

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Integrating Family Financial Security into Promise Neighborhoods: A Resource and Implementation Guide

This guide aims to describe the programs, policies, and practices that set families on a path to financial security while achieving prescribed Promise Neighborhoods results. The tool is also intended to connect Promise Neighborhoods to potential partnerships across the asset-building field. Many of the practices lifted up in this guide are designed to mitigate the negative outcomes associated...

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Strengthening Family Resiliency: The Lane Changer Costs of Financial Disruption

Income disrupting life events are more common than we think. Divorce, unemployment, poor health, caregiving all have real costs and consequences that can shift life's trajectories, curtail family-member's dreams, and have devastating long lasting effects on a families' financial security and well being. Some families are more vulnerable to financial disruptions than others and not everyone...

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New America Foundation | 2014

Investing in Children: Child Development Accounts as an Early Childhood Intervention

Properly designed and integrated Child Development Accounts (CDAs) can have lasting, positive effects on children's educational development and can improve their long-term economic outcomes.  While much discussion of CDAs (also known as CSAs or Children's Savings Accounts; the terms are interchangeable) treats the accounts in isolation, Investing in Children: Child Development Accounts as an...

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Categories: General Resources
Urban Institute | 2014

Delinquent Debt In America

Roughly 77 million Americans, or 35 percent of adults with a credit file, have a report of debt in collections. These adults owe an average of $5,178 (median $1,349). Debt in collections involves a nonmortgage bill—such as a credit card balance, medical or utility bill—that is more than 180 days past due and has been placed in collections. 5.3 percent of people with a credit file have a report...

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Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) | 2014

Dreamer Loan Programs: The Power of Partnerships with Community Development Credit Unions

With the goal of helping philanthropy understand funding opportunities in this sector, this report provides an overview of five Dreamer Loan programs; identifies their common and distinguishing features; and underscores timely financial empowerment opportunities presented by DACA. This report also considers how philanthropy can help replicate such loan programs in various regions of the country.

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