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WEBINAR - Moving Toward Financial Security For All Closing the Racial Wealth Gap through Systems Reform 
This paper 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 balance sheets of lower-income families and families of color. The featured approaches run the gamut from small local programs to state and federal policy reforms and initiatives. These innovations and the changes that they represent to key systems may be adapted and expanded to strengthen the financial security of vulnerable people and communities nationwide.

REPORT - Breaking the Cycle: From Poverty to Financial Security for All
This paper 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 balance sheets of lower-income families and families of color. The featured approaches run the gamut from small local programs to state and federal policy reforms and initiatives. These innovations and the changes that they represent to key systems may be adapted and expanded to strengthen the financial security of vulnerable people and communities nationwide.

REPORT - Building an Equitable Tax Code: A Primer for Advocates
In theory, tax code–based public subsidies should help all families save and invest, but instead, wealthier households receive most of the benefits. In fact, a recent analysis of the largest wealth- building tax subsidies found that the top 1 percent of households received more benefits from these tax code–based subsidies than the bottom 80 percent combined. This brief answers key questions about tax expenditures: What are they, how do they work, and who benefits? In addition, since the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not collect tax data by race, the primer uses data related to the distribution of benefits by income quintiles and the demographics of each quintile to provide a rough approximation of how different racial and ethnic groups do or do not benefit from the different categories of tax expenditures.

PolicyLink Publications

REPORT - Breaking the Cycle: From Poverty to Financial Security for All
This paper 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 balance sheets of lower-income families and families of color. The featured approaches run the gamut from small local programs to state and federal policy reforms and initiatives. These innovations and the changes that they represent to key systems may be adapted and expanded to strengthen the financial security of vulnerable people and communities nationwide.
 

REPORT - 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 with lack of academic and family supports, as well as the compounded effects of concentrated poverty and financial instability in communities.
 

REPORT - Building an Equitable Tax Code: A Primer for Advocates
In theory, tax code–based public subsidies should help all families save and invest, but instead, wealthier households receive most of the benefits. In fact, a recent analysis of the largest wealth- building tax subsidies found that the top 1 percent of households received more benefits from these tax code–based subsidies than the bottom 80 percent combined. This brief answers key questions about tax expenditures: What are they, how do they work, and who benefits? In addition, since the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not collect tax data by race, the primer uses data related to the distribution of benefits by income quintiles and the demographics of each quintile to provide a rough approximation of how different racial and ethnic groups do or do not benefit from the different categories of tax expenditures.
 

REPORT -  Building Financially Secure Futures: An Approach for Boys and Men of Color
National demographic trends indicate that people of color will soon become the majority. Yet historically, people of color have not been able to build generational wealth.This brief underscores the growing racial wealth gap in the context of a changing America. It examines the economic and financial challenges facing boys and men of color over the course of a lifetime and lifts up asset-building strategies that can be integrated with targeted services for this group. It also highlights successful practices that are already addressing financial challenges at a community level for this population, and draws from these practices to inform policy recommendations that can be implemented at state and local levels.
 

TOOL -  Getting Equity Advocacy Results (GEAR)
GEAR draws from the wisdom and experience of seasoned advocates and action researchers to provide useful benchmarks, frameworks, and tools for measuring progress in equity efforts for policy change across a range of issues. Tracking the progress of equity advocacy is important, and it does not need to be complex or daunting, despite the inevitable twists and turns of policy campaigns. In fact, there are wins along the way to policymaking. GEAR is a tool to help you track those wins and support your efforts in policymaking.

 

Webinar Archives

Inside Access Digests

2016

December 14, 2016 - Integrating Family Financial Security into Cradle-to-Career Pipelines and More…

November 30, 2016 - Register for the CABC Symposium; Upcoming Aspen Institute Event; and More…

October 19, 2016 - The Black-White Wage Gap; Upcoming Events & News

October 6, 2016 - Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program; Financial Coaching Census; and More…

November 16, 2016 - National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households; Updates; and More…

September 14, 2016 - New U.S. Census Poverty Data; Entrepreneurship as a Re-Entry Strategy; and More…

August 31, 2016 - Upcoming Events and News from the Financial Security Field

August 3, 2016 - Citi Pilot Program Expands Access to Surcharge-Free ATMs, Upcoming Events, and More...

July 20, 2016 - Predatory Products Impact on Women’s Wealth; College Affordability Crisis; and More...

June 30, 2016 - National Equity Atlas Releases Poverty and Working Poor Indicators, New Report Looks at Anchor-Based Strategy for Change in Cleveland, and More…

June 15, 2016 - CFPB Rule to End Payday Debt Traps, Upcoming Events, and More…

June 1, 2016 - Illinois Consumer Protection Bill, CAPACD Policy Platform, and Upcoming Events

May 18, 2016 -  Update to Overtime Regulations, Expanding Prosperity Impact Collaborative, and More…

May 4, 2016 - Color of Entrepreneurship, Children's Education Savings, and More...

April 20, 2016 - Refund to Rainy Day Savings Act, Building Wealth Through Tax Reform, and More…

April 7, 2016 - National Financial Capability Month, California Becomes First State to Raise Minimum Wage to $15

March 23, 2016 - Turn It Right-Side Up Campaign, Her Dream Deferred 2016, and More...

March 9, 2016 - EARN’s Spanish-Speaking Savers Program, the Success Act, and New Resources

February 24, 2016 - CA Secure Choice, Social Security, 2016 Color of Wealth Summit, and More...

February 3, 2016 -- Access Digest is Back! New Assets Scorecard, Co-Op Ecosystem, & More...

 

2015

November 18, 2015 -- Women and Wealth, Tax Reform Campaign, Microenterprise and More..

November 6, 2015 -- New Policylink Report, Upcoming Tax Webinar and More...

October 21, 2015 -- #Asset Building for Human Services Organizations, CA EITC, a New Study from Johns Hopkins University…

October 7, 2015 -- #DebtFreeCollege, Children’s Savings Accounts and Gearing up for the Summit!

September 23, 2015 -- 529s and Child Savings Accounts, National Equity Atlas Webinar on New Equity Data, and More…

September 9, 2015 -- EITC and Child Tax Credit, Inclusive Growth Tool, and More from Equity Summit 2015

August 26, 2015 -- #ConsumersCantWait Payday Campaign ThunderClap, CAP Report on Child Tax Credit, and More…

August 12, 2015 -- #ConsumersCantWait Campaign, EARN Starter Account, and More...

July 29, 2015 -- Platforms for Prosperity Summit, the Latest News, and More...

July 15, 2015 -- Webinar on Racial Wealth Inequality, Vermont’s Children’s Savings Account Program, and More…

July 1, 2015 -- "Economic Security Is" Campaign, Racial Wealth Gap Webinar, and more...

June 17, 2015 -- Upcoming Webinars, California Secure Choice, Addressing Barriers to Wealth-Building for Women, and more…

June 3, 2015 -- Alabama Asset Building Coalition State Conference, Upcoming Webinars, and Events

May 20, 2015 -- Tax Alliance for Economic Mobility, Upcoming Webinar, and More...

May 6, 2015 -- Racial Wealth Gap Webinar, Tax Code and Inequality, and Equity Summit 2015

April 22, 2015 -- Building Financially Secure Futures for Boys and Men of Color; Improving Tax Code for Low- and Moderate-Income Families

April 8, 2015 -- Upcoming Webinar, College Caculator, and more...

March 25, 2015 -- Building Financially Secure Futures, Financial Literacy, and more…

February 25, 2015 -- Financial Solutions Lab Competition Outreach Tool Kit, and More...

February 11, 2015 -- People & Places Conference, Income Inequality, and More…

January  28, 2015 -- CFED's Assets and Opportunities Scorecard, Color of Wealth Summit, and more…

January 14, 2015 -- New Proposed Child Support Rule; the Racial Wealth Gap; and more…
 

2014

October 15, 2014 - A Look at Financial Security Across Regions

October 1, 2014 - How Predatory Lending is Impacting SRABC States...

September 17, 2014 - LABEST Partner Spotlight, SRABC Conference, and more...

September 3, 2014 - What We're Looking Forward to at the Assets Learning Conference

August 20, 2014 - Income Inequality, Children’s Saving Accounts, and more…

August 6, 2014 - Congressional Testimony, SRABC Conference, EITC and more...

July 23, 2014 - Media Toolkit for the Field, American Dream, CDAs, and more...

July 9, 2014 - New Resources on Children's Savings Accounts

June 25, 2014 - Integrating Financial Security Into Promise Neighborhoods

June 11, 2014 - Strengthening Family Resiliency, Student Debt, and More...

May 28, 2014 - Building Assets Through the Tax Code; New Resources and Events

May 14, 2014 - Child Support Debt, Income Inequality, and the Racial Wealth Gap

April 30, 2014 - Color of Wealth Summit, Protecting Workers from Payroll Card Fees, and more

April 2, 2014 - Six Reasons to Close the Racial Wealth Gap Now

March 12, 2014 - New Partner Spotlight, Maine Introduces Savings Accounts for All Newborns, and more

February 26, 2014 - Wealth Building Employment, Retirement Security, and Student Debt

February 12, 2014 - Introducing Wealth Gap Wednesdays

January 30, 2014 - A Year of Action, New Data, Shifting Demographics of Poverty

January 16, 2014
 

2013

December 12, 2013

November 21, 2013

November 7, 2013

October 24, 2013

October 3, 2013

September 19, 2013