AFN - Our Mission: The Asset Funders Network advances economic opportunity and prosperity for low and moderate income people through philanthropy.
The Asset Funders Network (AFN) is a community of foundations and grantmakers using philanthropy to alleviate poverty. Since its founding in 2005, AFN has focused on bringing together grant makers passionate about promoting economic opportunity and financial security for all Americans. AFN brings together a diverse group of funders concerned about a common goal. Regardless of whether their grant making targets education or housing, microenterprise or workforce development — if funders are giving away money to reduce poverty and increase individual financial security, AFN is a resource.
AFN provides valuable opportunities to learn and connect. From veteran practitioners to newcomers with fresh ideas, AFN provides a safe and neutral forum for candid conversations among peers with similar and opposing views. Our programming increases the capacity of our members to more effectively promote economic opportunity and security and make better strategic funding decisions.
Leveraging AFN offers more effective ways for our members to do their work by applying what others have come to know through trial and error themselves. AFN is grounded in what works and what doesn’t. We are developing strategic partnerships with leading national innovators and change makers, researchers, and policymakers to ensure our members have access to the latest thinking and grantmaking strategies in the field. AFN is also supporting the development of regional networks and affiliates to ensure our national activities are grounded in the challenges and work occurring in local communities across the country.