Research Resources: State Asset Building Initiatives

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Asset Coalition Toolkit for States, http://www.assetcoalitiontoolkit.org.

Asset Coalition Toolkit for the States (ACTS) is an independent, information-sharing website where state coalitions can exchange knowledge and strategies in the asset-building field. Sponsored by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law’s Community Investment Unit with support from the Levi Strauss Foundation and the Friedman Family Foundation, ACTS provides a forum that fosters innovation through a wealth of resources.

Asset Funders Network, http://www.assetfunders.org.

AFN, founded in 2005, helps foundations identify how to direct resources so that asset policy and products are accessible to people with limited resources or otherwise unable to build sufficient financial reserves to withstand emergencies and plan for their future. The website contains conference presentations and other materials on community wealth building.

Center for Financial Services Innovation, http://www.cfsinnovation.com.

An affiliate of the nonprofit CDFI ShoreBank, the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) is a national expert on financial services for the unbanked and under-banked. Its goals include improving the quality of existing services and better tailoring financial services to meet the needs and desires of the under-banked community. The ultimate goal is to facilitate savings and asset-building through financial services. Founded in 2004, CFSI focuses on 6 main areas in order to assist service providers, expand the literature, and influence public policy: Research & Strategy, Investment, Networking, Roundtables, Communication, and Public Policy.

CFED Assets and Opportunity Scorecard , http://assetsandopportunity.org/scorecard.

The Assets and Opportunity Scorecard measures how easy or difficult state policy makes it for families across the United States to achieve self-sufficiency. The scorecard focuses on two areas: first, a family's ability to build assets that can be used to invest for the future, send children to college, and weather unexpected financial storms; and second, safety nets and safeguards that provide financial security in the event of a job loss, medical emergency, or other family emergency.