Our December 2016 newsletter includes
- The honoring of the The Miles Foundation as an “Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Fort Worth Metro Chapter
- An article from Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce.com, on corporate giving
- A webinar: “Local Interventions for Financial Empowerment through Utility Payments (LIFT-UP) program” hosted by the Center for Financial Security (CFS) and the National League
- Two briefs from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): “A Strategy to Improve Financial Well-Being” and “Implementing Financial Coaching: Implications for Practitioners”
- and, of course, a letter from Joe Antolin, AFN Executive Director
FROM THE DIRECTOR
As 2016 draws to a close, we know that the future will continue to bring change. While not all of it will be welcome, with renewed energy and focus on our goals, philanthropy will be the key catalyst in advancing increased economic opportunity and prosperity for low and middle-income households.
AFN members will remain committed to creating economic opportunities for low and moderate-income households struggling to build savings, buy a house, pay their student loans, avoid predatory lenders, or save for retirement. What happens in Washington D.C. will undoubtedly have an effect, but will unlikely derail the long-term outcomes or the importance of local solutions invested in by financial institutions, community philanthropy, private employers, asset building nonprofits, and local government.
As philanthropy’s affinity group focused on increasing economic prosperity and wealth building, AFN will continue to frame the issues and elevate promising approaches that enable funders to easily navigate through the various funding choices and make the most strategic and impactful investments that bring the desired short and long-term outcomes. On May 2-4 of 2017, we will gather in Indianapolis, IN – the site of AFN’s newest regional chapter – for our biennial grantmaker conference. Designed by our members, this conference will feature timely and relevant new research and conversations to help grantmakers Accelerate Ideas into Action.
As we look ahead to AFN’s second decade, we remain optimistic. AFN is excited about the roll-out of our Health and Wealth Connection: Opportunities for Investment Across the Life Course brief in early 2017. We believe that many of you will agree after reading and discussing it, that the health of an individual, family and community depends significantly on the wealth and economic flexibility to engage in prevention and behaviors that reflect the social determinants of health.
Throughout 2017, AFN will continue to demonstrate the lasting, game-changing impact
philanthropy has in communities to address wealth gaps, build credit as an asset, increase
coaching, and make wealth building opportunities accessible for more. These efforts are
especially fruitful when funders get together to align efforts and collaborate as they do in
AFN regional chapters and task forces.
Our collective goal will be to continue supporting and facilitating change in households
and communities, state by state. Together, we will make change for prosperity happen.
Happy Holidays. May this be a Prosperous New Year for all of us.
Joseph A. Antolín
Asset Funders Network