AFN Webinars

We invite you to explore asset building topics in peer learning presentations from AFN.



Coming this July: AFN presents Asset Preservation Strategies: How Fines and Fees Strip Wealth from Low-Income Communities 

Join the Asset Funders Network as we share the latest research and strategies that state and local leaders can use to ensure that judicial fines and fees do not contribute to burdensome debt, housing and employment barriers, and an increase in imprisonment and recidivism for low-income communities and people of color.  REGISTER NOW


June: Financial Coaching Census 2016

Motivated by a continued demand for knowledge of the field's growth and a persisting need to stay attentive to a changing field, the second year of the Financial Coaching Census was launched in the fall of 2016, with support from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., MetLife, United Way Worldwide, and Wells Fargo. After months of analyzing responses, The Center for Financial Security (CFS) and Asset Funders Network (AFN) were pleased to share the findings from the 2016 Census.  Click here to learn more. 



On June 6th, 2017, Asset Funders Network and presenters explored the workplace as a platform for the integration of employee financial capability and overall financial well-being, including recent research, examples of success, and the specific role philanthropy can play to engage employers as platforms for employee financial well-being.  Click here to learn more.


February: AFN presents The Health and Wealth Connection: Opportunities for Investment Across the Life Course

People's relationship with money impacts their health. Data indicates assets, income, and health are inexorably linked. On the one hand, good health is associated with higher wealth and income, better employment and education. On the other hand, we know that adults with more financial resources have better health and live longer lives. Throughout one's course of life, the challenges of health and wealth are connected.

The webinar featured the new AFN Grantmaker Brief, The Health and Wealth Connection: Opportunities for Investment Across the Life Course, with authors Jason Q. Purnell, PhD, MPH & Anjum Hajat, PhD, MPH., and highlighted the opportunity funders have to bridge interests and cross silos to make stronger connections between wealth building, economic security, and prevention and health outcomes. 

Speakers included Jason Q. Purnell, PhD, MPH, Washington University; Anjum Hajat, PhD, MPH, School of Epidemiology, University of Washington; Padmini Parthasarathy, The California Wellness Foundation; Colleen Briggs, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Abby Hughes Holsclaw, Director of Membership Engagement, Asset Funders Network


January: Homeownership and the Racial Wealth Gap

As the movement to understand and address income inequality gains momentum, policymakers, practitioners and funders face the challenge of confronting growing wealth gaps by race and ethnicity. Historically homeownership has been a strategy to reduce the racial wealth gap. However recent data shows that all homeownership is not created equally.  Studies have shown that minorities, particularly African Americans, have not built as much wealth from homeownership when compared with other racial groups.  

AFN’s live webinar, Homeownership and the Racial Wealth Gap: Policies and Strategies that can Make a Difference, [January 18th from 10am-11am PST] addressed the reasons for the disparity in wealth related to minority homeownership and the appropriate policy and program solutions required to set up these future minority homebuyers up for success.  Click here to learn more. 





October: AFN presents Meet in the Middle to Magnify Success: Early Distribution Scholarships and CSAs

Research on strategies to increase college enrollment and completion, especially for low- to moderate-income students, is showing the effects of earlier awareness and engagement with scholarship opportunities. At the same time, CSAs are showing measurable effects on development of essential social and emotional skills for very young children, as well as on academic success. Effects are greater for lower-income children. 

Benita Melton, Education Program Director of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, moderated presentations by Martha Kanter, Executive Director of the College Promise Campaign and former U.S. Under Secretary of Education, and Patty Grant, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Wabash County.  The panelists offered an in-depth discussion of how joining earlier distribution of scholarships with CSAs can strengthen each strategy by building on their strengths while addressing inherent challenges of each alone.

Click here to view the webinar recording and resources shared.


September: AFN presents Prison to Proprietor: Entrepreneurship as a Re-entry Strategy

Asset Funders Network presented a national webinar highlighting the release of Prison to Proprietor, a just-released AFN Strategy Spotlight examining microenterprise strategies for the formerly incarcerated.  Strategy Spotlight authors and experts from FIELD at the Aspen Institute showcase findings from Prison to Proprietor: Entrepreneurship as a Re-entry Strategy; Narrowing the Racial Wealth Gap, and offered funders the opportunity to discuss how connecting individuals integrating back into the community to business ownership and entrepreneurship can provide a second chance at opportunity. 

Presenters shared research findings and highlighted several programs that serve former offenders while underscoring why grantmakers, particularly asset funders concerned with issues of racial equity, should take a closer look at these initiatives and act on the Spotlight's key recommendations. 

Click here to view the webinar recording and resources shared.

Presenters included 

 -  Joyce Klein, FIELD at the Aspen Insitute 
 -  Lavanya Mohan, FIELD at the Aspen Institute
 -  Theresa Bedeau, Capital One 
 -  Bert Smith, Prison Entrepreneurship Program
 -  Abby Hughes Holsclaw, Asset Funders Network (moderator)


May: AFN presents the Financial Coaching Census 2015 Results

The Center for Financial Security (CFS) and Asset Funders Network (AFN), with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, developed and released the first-ever Financial Coaching Census in the fall of 2015. 

On May 8, 2016, presenters Hallie Lienhardt, Center for Financial Security, and Regina Salliey, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, with Annika Little, Asset Funders Network, shared the results of the Census, providing an overview of the field nationally - the size and scope of the financial coaching field, identified challenges and opportunities, and shared insights for funders and organizations delivering coaching to better and more swiftly address the shifting needs of coaching programs, financial coaching practitioners, and financial coaching clients. 


May: A Decade Is Too Long: Short-Term Outcome Measures for Childrens’ Savings Accounts

On May 4, 2016, William Elliott, Founding Director, Center on Assets, Education and Inclusion, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, outlined a model for interim measures and shared theoretically and empirically based interim metrics for evaluating CSA progress. 

Anthony Poore, Deputy Director, Regional and Community Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, provided context for the Consortium's interest in short-term benchmarks. The model links intended outcomes, factors contributing to those outcomes, and ways to test the effects of CSAs. Establishing interim measures can address both whether a project is on track to overall success and whether and what modifications may be warranted to ensure success. 


February: Consumer Engagement: Helping People Want What They Need

with Brief authors, Tim Flacke, Executive Director, D2D Fund and Kristen Bryant, Innovation Director, D2D Fund, shared an actionable framework, showcased diverse examples from the field, and highlighted tangible recommendations for financial empowerment funders. 

Evelyn Stark, Metlife Foundation, moderated a discussion about the challenges and opportunities of more effectively engaging low-income consumers in financial empowerment work and the role of philanthropy.



This webinar, presented January 14, 2016  - co-sponsored by the EITC Funders Network and Asset Funders Network - for funders and philanthropic advisors explained the context for exploring payment alternatives (including lessons learned from the underutilized, former Advance EITC option), the recent proposals and pilots that have emerged, and the role of funders in exploring both the ideas behind and the logistics around periodic payment proposals.

Speakers: Steve Holt, Principal, Holt Solutions and author of Periodic Payment of the EITC Revisited; David Marzahl, President and CEO, Center for Economic Process; Patrick Hain, The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Moderated by:Abby Hughes Holsclaw, Asset Funders Network; Ami Nagle, EITC Funders Network




This webinar, especially designed for advocates, practitioners, policymakers and funders, will address key issues related to tax policy communications and advocacy, including: What are the main issues at stake? How can we communicate the importance of these issues? What are national organizations doing to affect federal policy change? The webinar will include a presentation of a new video animation on the issues, discussion of key talking points on wealth inequality and the “upside down” tax code, and an update on a national campaign to strengthen the EITC and CTC. 

Speakers: Chris Brown, PolicyLink (moderator); Ezra Levin, CFED; Chye-Ching Huang, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Frank Clemente, Americans for Tax Fairness

September: Webinar: Investing in Enduring Advocacy Capacity: The Advocate-Coach-Intermediary Trifecta

AFN and the Northwest Area Foundation explore how funders can support more effective policy change by incorporating collective impact principles into their grant-making approaches; highlighting specific strategies, tools, and case studies that other funders can apply to their work.  Speakers include Christianne Lind, Northwest Area Foundation; Jennifer Brooks, CFED; Janet Byrd, Neighborhood Partnerships (OR); Loren White, Native CDFI Network and Native American Development Corporation (MT). Moderator: Stephanie Upp, West Coast Manager, Asset Funders Network 

July: Narrowing the Racial Wealth Gap Through Business Ownership

with  Joyce Klein, Director, FIELD at the Aspen Institute; Daniel Delehanty, Capital One Bank; Jeanne Wardford, W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Moderator: Annika Little, Asset Funders Network 

July: Financial Coaching: Insights and Strategies for Grantmakers

with J. Michael Collins, Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Mae Watson Grote, The Financial Clinic. Moderator: Regina Salliey, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

June: Women and Wealth: Insights for Funders

with Mariko Chang, PhD; K. Sujata, Chicago Women's Foundation; Dena L. Jackson, Dallas Women's Foundation. Moderator: Jill Geltmaker, Asset Funders Network

May: Strategic Philanthropy

with Janet Boguslaw, Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University; Daria Sheehan, Citi Foundation; Rafael O. Morales, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

April: Retirement Savings Strategies

with Andrea Ambriz, Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S Department of the Treasury; Courtney Eccles, Woodstock Institute; Naomi Stanhaus, The Retirement Research Foundation; Elaine Ryan, Vice President, State Advocacy & Strategy Integration, Government Affairs, AARP.

March: Worker-Owned Cooperatives:  Moving Beyond Personal Financial Products to Expand Ownership Opportunities for America’s Working Families

with Hilary Abell, Co-founder of Project Equity and author of Worker Cooperatives: Pathways to Scale; Molly Hemstreet, Co-founder and General Manager of Opportunity Threads and Carolina Textile District;  Bobby Smith, Senior Associate, Fellowship Programs at Echoing Green. Moderator: Stephanie Upp, AFN Program Manager 


December: Tax Expenditures: Who Benefits?

with Lewis Brown Jr., Senior Associate, PolicyLink; Amanda Feinstein, Senior Program Officer, Walter & Elise Haas Fund & Steering Committee Member, Asset Funders Network; Jeremie Greer, Director of Government Affairs, CFED; Benjamin H. Harris, Fellow and Hamilton Project Policy Director, Brookings Institution. Moderator: Heather McCulloch, Director, Tax Policy Project

November: Asset Building Outcomes from Microenterprise: What do we know, what do we need to learn?

with Joyce Klein, Director, Aspen Institute Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD). Moderator: Jill Geltmaker, Operations and Grants Manager, Asset Funders Network

October: Savings at Tax Time: Insights for Funders

with David Sieminski, Policy Analyst at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Financial Empowerment; Tim Flacke, Executive Director of D2D Fund

September: Ending Payday Loan Abuse: Current and Upcoming Developments

with Debbie Goldstein of Center for Responsible Lending, Molly Fleming-Pierre of PICO National Network and Missouri Faith Voices, and Ned Wight, Director, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock. Moderator: Aimee Durfee, Y&H Soda Foundation

July: The Web of Wealth: Resiliency and Opportunity or Driver of Inequality?

with Hannah Thomas, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, The Institute on Assets and Social Policy, The Heller School at Brandeis University; Kilolo Kijakazi, Ph.D., Program Officer, Ford Foundation. Moderator: Annika Little, Strategic Programs Director, Asset Funders Network

June: Financial Coaching as an Asset Building Strategy

With J. Michael Collins, Director, Center for Financial Security, University of Wisconsin; Regina Salliey, Program Officer, Annie E. Casey Foundation. Moderator: Heather Benedict, Vice President, Hands on Banking, Wells Fargo

May: Building Assets through the Tax Code: Proposals for Reform

with Kilolo Kijakazi, The Ford Foundation, Co-Chair/AFN Tax Policy Project; Chye-Ching Huang, Tax Policy Analyst/Federal Fiscal Policy Team, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Justin King, Policy Director/Asset Building Program, New America Foundation. Moderator: Heather McCulloch, Manager/AFN Tax Policy Project

May: Linking Service Delivery and Resources:  How a Baltimore Network is Building Pathways to Financial Stability

with the Maryland CASH Campaign (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope), and the University of Maryland School of Social Work

April: The Asset Building Power of Credit

with Sarah Chenven, Credit Builders Alliance; Yanki Tshering, Business Center for New Americans; Ricki Granetz Lowitz; LISC Chicago; Margaret Libby, Mission SF

April: Behavioral Economics & Tax Time with Dan Ariely

with Dan Ariely



May: Microenterprise as Job Creation

with Elaine Edgcomb and Tamra Thetford, FIELD at the Aspen Institute. Moderators:  Patrick Hain and Patrice Cromwell, The Annie E. Casey Foundation


May:   Tax Policy Project: Seizing the Moment  

with Robert Friedman, CFED; Eugene Steuerle, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center; Lisa Mensah, The Aspen Institute/Initiative on Financial Security; AFN Tax Policy Project Co-Chairs: Kilolo Kijakazi, Ford Foundation, and Amanda Feinstein, Walter & Elise Haas Fund. Moderator: Heather McCulloch, AFN Tax Policy Project Manager.