The Carolinas Asset Funders Network hosted the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte Branch to showcase new information on consumer experiences in the Carolinas, with particular focus on rural communities and communities of color. This meeting elevated new data to inform how we all invest in and advocate for closing the wealth gap.


Diane Standaert, U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Carrie Cook, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte Branch

Read the report: Banking and Credit Access in the Southern Region of the U.S.

Read the report: Consumer Finances in Rural Areas of the Southern Region


The Carolinas Asset Funders Network is a regional chapter of grantmakers, financial institutions and credit unions working to elevate community wealth building strategies, deepen connections between health and wealth, and advance racial and economic justice.

The CFPB Office of Consumer Populations leverages partnerships to create policy and programmatic changes within financial institutions and other organizations to increase consumer protection and improve access to financial services for all consumers.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte Branch shares research, data and resources and regularly engages regional leaders and policymakers to understand and address community‑specific economic issues.

a collage of pictures from the event. Speakers presenting and a small group of the people present.