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Don't Just Survive, Thrive: An Asset-Building Agenda to Fight Poverty

Don't Just Survive, Thrive: An Asset-Building Agenda to Fight Poverty

Coming out of the Great Depression and the New Deal, President Franklin D.

By: Willie Elliott
08/27/2018

Reimagining Children's Savings Policy to Address the Racial Wealth Divide

Reimagining Children's Savings Policy to Address the Racial Wealth Divide

In 2003, Prosperity Now helped launch Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship and Downpayment (SEED), a national policy and practice initiative to demonstrate the potential of Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs)as catalysts for social and economic mobility among low-income children.

08/14/2018

Webinar to Explore What Localities Can Learn from Each Other's CSA Efforts

Webinar to Explore What Localities Can Learn from Each Other's CSA Efforts

In recent years, city officials have leveraged partnerships with financial institutions to create Children’s Savings Account (CSA) programs at the municipal level. The growth of these programs has been fueled by cities sharing best practices and learning from other existing municipal programs.

By: Gevin Brown
07/13/2018

College Savings for College Success: Helping Low-Income Families Access Higher Education Through 529 Accounts

College Savings for College Success: Helping Low-Income Families Access Higher Education Through 529 Accounts

Note: This is a guest post from Christina Davila, Project Manager at El Monte Promise Foundation

By: Christina Davila
06/27/2018

1:1 Fund Partners' Momentum Culminates in June Graduation Campaign

1:1 Fund Partners' Momentum Culminates in June Graduation Campaign

As the 1:1 Fund’s newly released 2017 Impact Report showcases, the online fundraising platform that Prosperity Now created to support Children’s Savings Account (CSA) programs has grown dramatically over the last year.

06/13/2018

Five Themes Shaping the Growth of the Children's Savings Movement

Five Themes Shaping the Growth of the Children's Savings Movement

On May 2, more than 50 Children’s Savings Account (CSA) practitioners, researchers and other supporters gathered at the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (“the Bureau,” formerly the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or CFPB) in downtown Washington, DC.

By: Shira Markoff
06/1/2018

Five Years After the 1:1 Fund Started Growing CSA Donations, How is it Doing?

Five Years After the 1:1 Fund Started Growing CSA Donations, How is it Doing?

The 1:1 Fund has enabled a diverse array of Children’s Savings Account (CSA) programs to raise funds from donors, large and small.

05/14/2018

Information Systems Make Children's Savings Programs Work. Here are Three Things You Should Know About Them.

Information Systems Make Children's Savings Programs Work. Here are Three Things You Should Know About Them.

As we note in Investing in DreamsProsperity Now’s soup-to-nuts guide to designing effective Children’s Savings Account (CSA) programs, proper management information systems are critical for making CSA programs work.

04/13/2018

Inversant Partners with Two New Initiatives to Boost Children's Savings in Massachusetts

Inversant Partners with Two New Initiatives to Boost Children's Savings in Massachusetts

The cost of education and student debt is on the rise in America, a story told frequently in local and national news. So how does a low-to-moderate income family begin to save money for their child to get a post-secondary education?

By: Cara Deshaies
03/27/2018

1:1 Fund Kicks Off 2018 Fundraising with Spring into Savings Campaign

1:1 Fund Kicks Off 2018 Fundraising with Spring into Savings Campaign

Prosperity Now’s recent report, The Movement Takes Off: The State of the Children’s Savings Field 2017, highlights that 69% of Children’s Savings Account (CSA) programs’ financial support comes from the philanthropic community.

03/13/2018

A New Learning Series to Build Momentum for the Children's Savings Movement

A New Learning Series to Build Momentum for the Children's Savings Movement

Prosperity Now’s Children’s Savings team is excited to announce a new Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA) webinar program for 2018: the Children’s Savings Accounts Learning Series. These webinars are designed to share knowledge and best practices to help organizations develop stronger, more sustainable CSA programs.

02/27/2018

Report on State of Children's Savings Field Reveals Growing, Changing Movement

Report on State of Children's Savings Field Reveals Growing, Changing Movement

This morning, Prosperity Now published The Movement Takes Off: The State of the Children’s Savings Field 2017, an overview of findings from the Children’s Savings Account (CSA) program survey. Conducted annually, the survey assesses a plethora of aspects of the design and operation of the CSA program respondents, including number of accounts, account incentives, wrap-around services fo

02/13/2018

Imagining CSAs as a Tool for Combating Wealth Inequality

Imagining CSAs as a Tool for Combating Wealth Inequality

Children’s Savings Account (CSA) programs are interventions that seek to build assets for children to use as long-term investments, particularly for postsecondary education. These programs are operating in several jurisdictions around the United States and are proposed in many more.

By: Willie Elliott
02/8/2018

Interested in Creating a CSA Program? Here's How to Get Started

Interested in Creating a CSA Program? Here's How to Get Started

In December, the Los Angeles City Council approved a contract with Prosperity Now to help develop a Children’s Savings Account (CSA) program for the nation’s second-most populous city. The program, when fully implemented, will open a savings account for ev

01/30/2018

AFN Conducted the first-ever Survey on Private CSA funding. Here are the takeaways.

AFN Conducted the first-ever Survey on Private CSA funding. Here are the takeaways.

Readers of Prosperity Now’s blog may be familiar with Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs), but it’s important to note that the field is still relatively new.

01/18/2018

1:1 Fund Partners Raise Nearly $100,000 on #GivingTuesday

1:1 Fund Partners Raise Nearly $100,000 on #GivingTuesday

The 1:1 Fund, conceived and capitalized by Prosperity Now, makes it easy for children’s savings programs to raise matching funds from individual donors, large and small, thereby enabling these donors to match the CSA contributions of young savers. 

12/18/2017

#GivingTuesday Marks Culmination of Year of Growth for 1:1 Fund

#GivingTuesday Marks Culmination of Year of Growth for 1:1 Fund

#GivingTuesday is today. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, for many organizations it marks the start of the charitable giving season that goes through the end of the year. For the last two years, #GivingTuesday has been a high-water mark for the 1:1 Fund, accounting for two of the highest days of giving in 1:1 Fund history.

11/28/2017

Changing the Odds for Children

Changing the Odds for Children

“There is a difference between helping children beat the odds and actually changing the odds for all kids.” Karen Pittman of the Forum for Youth Investment made that powerful statement at the beginning of her keynote address at the 

By: Shira Markoff
11/17/2017

As Maine Goes, So Goes the Nation

As Maine Goes, So Goes the Nation

At one point in American history, the phrase “as Maine goes, so goes the nation” was a common phrase in politics. The saying referred to Maine’s status as a bellwether of presidential elections at a time when Maine held its gubernatorial elections in September. The phrase has fallen out of use in more recent times and, for most Americans, Maine’s status as a largely rural state with an aging po

10/30/2017