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1:1 Fund Ends Robust Year of Growth with Giving Tuesday

1:1 Fund Ends Robust Year of Growth with Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday. For many nonprofit organizations, that marks the start of the charitable giving season running through the end of the year. The 1:1 Fund, Prosperity Now’s online platform to help fundraise for children’s savings account (CSA) programs, has had its two most successful days on Giving Tuesday.

11/27/2018

Filling the Gaps in CSA Research

Filling the Gaps in CSA Research

Unlike most conferences in which experts share information with participants, last month’s Working Conference on CSA Research invited participants to roll up their sleeves and engage in discussions about the current gaps in research on children

By: Shira Markoff
11/13/2018

SeedMA: Taking Massachusetts' CSA Program to Scale

SeedMA: Taking Massachusetts' CSA Program to Scale

Beginning in 2020, approximately 70,000 families a year will have the opportunity to join Massachusetts’ new statewide Children’s Savings Account (CSA) program, SeedMA Baby.

By: Alayna Van Tassel and Kelly Harrington
10/26/2018

New Field Scans Take an In-Depth Look at CSA Funding and Policy

New Field Scans Take an In-Depth Look at CSA Funding and Policy

The Children’s Savings Account (CSA) field is dynamic, with new programs starting up and existing programs expanding and changing. To capture the trends in the field, Prosperity Now conducts an annual survey of CSA programs.

10/16/2018

2018 Prosperity Summit Prominently Showcases Children's Savings Accounts

2018 Prosperity Summit Prominently Showcases Children's Savings Accounts

During the 2018 Prosperity Summit, Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) received a big platform when four trailblazing mayors—Melvin Carter of Saint Paul,

09/25/2018

Springboard to Opportunities Announces Basic Income Pilot

1:1 Fund partner Springboard to Opportunities announced in August that they are partnering with the Economic Security Project to begin the Magnolia Mother’s Trust, a universal basic in

09/19/2018

Partners for Youth Opportunity Savers Featured in Award-Winning Documentary

Partners for Youth Opportunity Savers Featured in Award-Winning Documentary

Partners for Youth Opportunity, a 1:1 Fund partner in Durham, NC, works with older youth, providing them with extensive job training and paid internships, in addition to CSAs.

09/19/2018

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

Inversant's June Fundraising Event Showcases Impressive Community-Level Support

Inversant's June Fundraising Event Showcases Impressive Community-Level Support

During June’s Graduation Campaign, 1:1 Fund staff attended a fundraising event hosted by 1:1 Fund partner Inversant.

07/19/2018

Promise Indiana Raises Record-Shattering $83,202 During 1:1 Fund Graduation Campaign, Funding Thousands of CSAs

During last month’s Graduation fundraising campaign, 1:1 Fund partner Promise Indiana raised $83,202—the largest amount ever raised by a 1:1 Fund partner in one campaign.

07/19/2018

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

Springboard to Opportunities Hosts 5K Fundraiser for CSA Holders

Springboard to Opportunities Hosts 5K Fundraiser for CSA Holders

1:1 Fund partner Springboard to Opportunities connects families living in affordable housing in Jackson, Mississippi with resources and programs that help them advance in school, work and life.

05/18/2018

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

Students Share How Children's Savings Accounts and Wraparound Services Help Them Achieve Their College Dreams

Students Share How Children's Savings Accounts and Wraparound Services Help Them Achieve Their College Dreams

Note: This guest post was written by Kaitlin Archambault, Director of Marketing & Communications for the “I Have A Dream” Foundation.

By: Kaitlin Archambault
04/27/2018

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