Individual Wealth Preservation

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New Mexico Native American Business Enterprise Center

A project of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico, the New Mexico Native American Business Enterprise Center (NMNABEC) is intended to assist in the formation of new and survival of existing businesses in Native American communities. Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency, NMNABEC works with individuals, proprietors, corporations and Tribal entities on and off the reservation to provide financial and technical assistance. In addition to identifying available loans, loan guarantees, lines of credit, bonding with banks and insurance agencies, NMNABEC also provides general business counseling, assistance with bookkeeping and marketing work. 

Assets & Opportunity Scorecard: Living on the Edge: Financial Insecurity and Policies to Rebuild Prosperity in America

Jennifer Brooks and Kasey Wiedrich

Despite signs of a U.S. economic recovery, CFED’s 2013 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard shows that many Americans are still struggling just to get by. This year’s result finds that nearly half (43.9 percent) of households—or more than 132 million people—are “liquid asset poor.” As a result, they do not have enough assets to provide themselves with a basic personal safety net to protect against an unforeseen crisis, such as unemployment or a medical emergency, or plan for future needs, such as a child’s college education or homeownership. To address this problem, this report highlights measures states have taken to build financial security and increase opportunities in the areas of financial assets and income, businesses and jobs, housing and homeownership, health care, and education.

The Debt Resistors Operations Manual

Strike Debt and Occupy Wall Street

The Debt Resistors Operations Manual, put together by an anonymous collec­tive of activists from Strike Debt and Occupy Wall Street contains practical information, resources and tips for individuals dealing with indebtedness in the United States. Covering all aspects of the debt system from personal debt to municipal debt the manual shows how households, cities and countries are controlled by a system of debt. 

Saving at the Post Office, While Saving the Post Office

Karen Harris
The Shriver Brief

To protect the un-and-under-banked from excessive fees and high-cost predatory lenders, Karen Harris argues that we reinstate the US Postal Savings System.  In an article for The Shriver Brief, Harris shows that the now-defunct system once provided safe banking services for immigrants and working people that private banks did not.  Citing examples of successful postal banking services in other countries, Harris shows how reinstating such a system in this country could help underserved populations by providing affordable banking services, while giving the Post Office a needed boost in jobs and income. 

2012 Consumer Action Handbook

GSA Federal Citizen Information Center
Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies

California Reinvestment Coalition

Established in 1986, the California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) has been advocating for fair and equal access to credit for all California neighborhoods. As the state's largest community investment coalition, their 300-member organization attempts to create wealth equality through policy advocacy, grassroots alliances, research, and shareholder activism. Read more about California Reinvestment Coalition...

Family Economic Success Program, Annie E. Casey Foundation

One of the major initiatives of the Annie E. Casey foundation, Family Economic Success (FES) believes that children are most likely to flourish when their families are on sound financial footing. The FES approach to building economically viable communities includes three main components: asset-building, family economic supports through public services and tax credits, and workforce development. Read more about Family Economic Success Program, Annie E. Casey Foundation...

Women's Institute for Financial Education

This online financial education resource is the oldest nonprofit that tailors its financial tools specifically to women. Funded through donations and membership dues, this all-volunteer organization offers financial literacy information regarding saving, investment, retirement, and taxes; but also boasts advice on how to deal with divorce or widowhood. Read more about Women's Institute for Financial Education...

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (VITA/TCE)

The IRS trains and sponsors several free tax preparation sites throughout the country, and commissions the resources used by many independent, nonprofit tax preparation organizations. The VITA program offers free tax assistance to individuals generally making less than $49,000 a year, and TCE is provided by AARP for individuals 60 and older. The IRS emphasizes the need for a correct Social Security number when filing, and advises those who are not eligible for a Social Security number to apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. Read more about Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (VITA/TCE)...

U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission is the U.S. government's public resource to teach all Americans the fundamentals of financial education, and the product of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission which comprises 20 federal agencies. Several financial tools are available on the website, including literature on how to avoid fraudulent lending, navigate taxes, invest in retirement and education, and start a small business. also offers a free "My Money" toolkit that contains several financial publications, such as information on Social Security benefits. Read more about U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission...

Smart About Money

Smart About Money is a public awareness campaign of the National Endowment for Financial Education. While Smart About Money does not offer one-on-one counseling, its website links to resources and advice on various financial issues. Economic Survival Tips include information and FAQs on job changes, mortgages, and credit card debt. Smart About Money also features information on how to handle job loss, preparing taxes, and investing for retirement. Read more about Smart About Money...

National Tax Credit Outreach Campaign

For over 20 years, this project of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has promoted the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and free tax preparation services for low-income individuals and families. The Campaign is intended as a resource for practitioners in local communities so they know how to best reach their clientele. Millions of eligible workers fail to claims tax credits each year because they do not know whether they qualify or where to go for free, quality tax advice and preparation. Read more about National Tax Credit Outreach Campaign...