The Central Texas Chapter of the Asset Funders Network represents a diverse group of organizations including the corporate sector, community and private foundations, and financial institutions coming together toward a common goal: catalyzing equitable access to prosperity-building opportunities that drive economic mobility. Regardless of our unique ways we make grant and funding decisions, we are united in the belief that in working together and leveraging our unique strengths, we can better resolve complex, persistent financial and economic challenges for families and individuals who lack equitable access to asset building. We commit to working collaboratively across multiple systems (including economic, housing, workforce, health, and philanthropic systems) to address the systemic change needed for all people to have the ability to thrive.
Central Texas AFN is part of a network of regional chapters across the United States focused on multiplying their collective impact on individual, family, and community wealth. In working together, we believe we can better resolve complex, persistent financial and economic issues for families and individuals who lack equitable access to wealth building. Central Texas AFN supports a six-county Central Texas area of Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson. Members collaborate in the following ways:
- Collective leadership: Funders share insights, exchange ideas, build knowledge, and take action together.
- Action-orientation: Funders work together to lead a philanthropic response by jointly developing and funding initiatives including but not limited to research, new programs, or mechanism for investment. Participants share decision making including developing funding and operational models.
- Coordinated funding and co-investing: Funders jointly fund or pool funding to support projects with a goal of aligning strategies, outcomes and financial support.
Our Guiding Principles
- Commit to centering with and learning from our grantee partners and their network of beneficiaries, particularly the individuals and communities of color that historically have been excluded, to inform our strategic priorities.
- Seek to continually lift root causes, learn from data-informed research and lived experiences, and take action-oriented approaches that lead to systemic change.
- Strive to be intentionally inclusive and expand the opportunities for all types of funders to collaborate, engage, and invest.
- Dedicated to promoting and modeling cross-sector collaboration.
How We Work
- Inform: Central Texas AFN highlights promising practices, key issues, and innovations in the field through funder-only dialogues as well as other convenings. Members provide an insightful regional voice to inform national conversations.
- Build: Central Texas AFN seeks to increase the number of grantmakers and resources focused on economic well-being. Members jointly fund or pool funding to support projects with a goal of aligning strategies, outcomes, and financial support.
- Influence: Central Texas AFN engages key stakeholders to grow their knowledge and support. This includes efforts to raise the visibility of asset-building within the broader community of foundations, public-sector funders, and financial institutions. We seek to continually lift root causes, learn from data-informed research and lived experiences, and take action-oriented approaches that lead to systemic change.
- Connect: Central Texas AFN members learn from each other and from other organizations as they seek solutions to local challenges and explore the potential for aligned investment strategies to address them effectively. The chapter will host funder forums to explore asset-building strategies with both local leaders and national experts.
Regional Focus Areas
- Financial Health
- Employment & Income
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Fran Rosebush Baylor, email@example.com
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
St. David’s Foundation
Austin Community Foundation
St. David's Foundation
Bank of America
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
United Way for Greater Austin
University Federal Credit Union
Central Texas Program Officer
Op Ed in the Austin American-Statesman
Fran Rosebush Baylor and the Central Texas AFN Steering Committee penned a letter to the Statesman on breaking the barriers to financial health in Austin. “Asset-building makes prosperity achievable, but Central Texans cannot achieve financial health without our leaders taking a hard look at the systems that put assets out of reach for some.” READ NOW