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CSAs and Early Awareness: NCAN Paper Includes College Saving Among Evolving Strategies to Promote College-Going in the Middle Grades

CSAs and Early Awareness: NCAN Paper Includes College Saving Among Evolving Strategies to Promote College-Going in the Middle Grades

One of the appealing qualities of Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) is that they address a number of important objectives in the development of young people, including teaching good financial habits, strengthening social and emotional skills, growing savings and building college expectations.

07/27/2017

Mayor Proclaims 'Durham Kids Save Day,' Presents Big Check to Young Saver

Mayor Proclaims 'Durham Kids Save Day,' Presents Big Check to Young Saver

Earlier this summer, Durham Mayor William V. Bell proclaimed June 19 as “Durham Kids Save Day" as part of a presentation at City Hall. Durham Kids Save, a 1:1 Fund partner based in Durham, NC, helps low-income children save for college by providing all incoming kindergarten students at Y.E. Smith Elementary School with a savings account and an initial deposit of $100.

07/19/2017

Donors Share Why They Support 1:1 Fund Partners

Each quarter Prosperity Now’s initiative, the 1:1 Fund, coordinates fundraising campaigns to raise money for Children’s Savings Account (CSAs) programs.

07/14/2017

What Works in CSA Programs: New Research From Inversant

Inversant, a Campaign for Every Kid's Future partner, is a Children’s Savings Account (CSA) program provider working with more than ten community partners in Massachusetts.

By: Bahar Akman Imboden
06/27/2017

1:1 Fund Donor in Indiana Shares Motivation to Provide 'Hope to a Generation'

1:1 Fund Donor in Indiana Shares Motivation to Provide 'Hope to a Generation'

Since its inception, 1,875 donors have powered 1:1 Fund partners' ability to achieve their mission and expand economic opportunity.

05/19/2017

1:1 Fund Partners with Gift of College to Encourage Nevada Parents to Save

1:1 Fund Partners with Gift of College to Encourage Nevada Parents to Save

As CFED has written about before, Gift of College, a national gift registry for 529 college savings plans and student loan accounts, launched the sale of plastic gift cards at Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us stores nationwide in an effort to increase uptake in 529 college sa

03/13/2017

Innovative Partnership Will Encourage Nevada Parents to Open 529 College Savings Accounts

Washington, D.C. – The Nevada Treasurer’s Office, Gift of College and the 1:1 Fund today announced a new marketing partnership to encourage more Nevada parents to open a personal 529 account and link it with their child’s Nevada College Kick Start account.

03/2/2017

Cities Are a Hub of CSA Activity and Innovation

Cities Are a Hub of CSA Activity and Innovation

Cities have been a hub of Children’s Savings Account (CSA) innovation, starting with San Francisco’s launch of the first universal, municipal CSA program, Kindergarten to College, which inspired the creation of many other

By: Kamolika Das
02/21/2017

CSAs and ESAs Are More Different Than the Words Suggest

CSAs and ESAs Are More Different Than the Words Suggest

We have recently observed an uptick in news stories and legislation about Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), which are individual flexible use accounts funded by states for families’ private educational expenses. ESA legislation has been adopted in five states since 2011.

02/13/2017

How Executive Action Can Help Expand Children’s Savings Programs

How Executive Action Can Help Expand Children’s Savings Programs

As we’ve discussed previously on this blog and in other CFED publications, Children’s Savings Account (CSA) programs have proliferated across the country over th

By: Shira Markoff
01/27/2017

Well-Designed CSAs Have the Potential to Help Decrease the Racial Wealth Divide

Well-Designed CSAs Have the Potential to Help Decrease the Racial Wealth Divide

Supporters of Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) often point to the fact that CSAs increase economic opportunity. CSAs are designed to ensure that all families, especially those in low- and moderate-income communities, have at least a modest wealth endowment to pay for postsecondary education.

01/13/2017

The 1:1 Fund Website is Among Five Outstanding Low-Budget Websites

We couldn't think of a more exciting way to start 2014 than to have our new website recognized by The Nonprofit Times as "outstanding."

By: Kristin Lawton
01/2/2014

A Powerful Moment in the Children's Saving Story

A Powerful Moment in the Children's Saving Story

A couple of weeks ago, WNET’s Need to Know feature on the Mississippi College Savings Account Program, one of two 1:1 Fund pilot sites, aired nationally on PBS. Recently, we spoke with Ernestine Bilbrew, VP of Program Development for the Mississippi Community Financial Access Coalition (MCFAC), to hear how the Need to Know segment impacted her and the MS College Savings Account Program.

By: Michael Chasnow
05/10/2013

Op-Ed: Bipartisan Bill Invests in Next Generation

Op-Ed: Bipartisan Bill Invests in Next Generation

EDITOR'S NOTE: This op-ed by CFED President Andrea Levere and Opportunity Nation Executive Director Mark Edwards originally appeared on Politico, and you can read it here.

By: Andrea Levere
05/8/2013