On February 28, 2019, we released the 2017 CSA Survey of Private and Public Funding.  Listen to the recorded presentation now to hear from the survey’s author on key findings, insights from a major CSA program, and perspectives from a philanthropic leader. Find out where you can leverage existing private and/or public investments or consider developing new programs. Learn how this work connects to your other asset building or college access strategies.

The effect of children’s savings accounts (CSAs) is largely aspirational, requiring funders to have the vision, courage, patience, and imagination to take the long view by investing in children early in their educational journeys.

With a long-term goal of increasing access to postsecondary education, CSAs are also associated with intermediate benefits for parents and children, including improved educational expectations, socioemotional development, and academic success. Fueling these intermediate and long-term outcomes, the field of CSA investors continues to grow, with strong private and public investments in CSAs across the U.S.

Not surprisingly, most CSAs are made possible by several funders and/or donors coming together to support different aspects financially or through in-kind support. The value of philanthropic investments is unparalleled, and private funders are essential for the field’s sustainability, development, and innovation.

The field is continuing to grow, as CSAs are seen as powerful ways to create better outcomes for children’s futures. Whether you are a local funder, large foundation, or financial institution, it is time that you joined the movement. Our children’s futures depend on it.


  • Christi Baker, Asset Funders Network (moderator)
  • Rebecca M. Loya, Ph.D. | Senior Research Associate, Institute on Assets and Social Policy, Brandeis University (author)
  • Phil Maurizi | Director, Promise Indiana
  • Angela Brown | Vice President for Policy and Program, CFLeads

The 2017 CSA Survey was generously supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and The Prudential Foundation.