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Children's Savings Accounts

Children’s Savings Accounts: A Review of Research on the Investment in the Future of Illinois’ Children & Families

December 7, 2011

Children’s savings accounts are innovative financial products opened at birth that support children and families in savings for their child’s future goals of education,...

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Asset Poverty

A Look at the New Supplemental Poverty Measure

November 15, 2011

  On November 7, 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau released the Research Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), developed based on recommendations from the National Academy of...

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Racial Equity

A Look at the New Supplemental Poverty Measure

November 15, 2011 Jenny Clary Social Impact Research Center On November 7, 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau released the Research Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), developed...

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New Utility Assistance Program Rolls Out

November 10, 2011

November 10, 2011 Lucy Mullany For decades, advocates and community based organizations urged adoption of a percentage of income payment plan (PIPP) as the solution to the...

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Access to Banking

National Partners Announce New Bank on Website

November 3, 2011

CFED, the U.S. Department of the Treasury,  the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment, the National League of Cities and the New America Foundation,  launched a...

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Access to Banking

If It Walks and Talks Like a Payday Loan…

November 1, 2011

Community Groups across the country, including the Illinois Asset Building Group (a project of Heartland Alliance), have been fighting the payday loan industry. We call them...

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Children's Savings Accounts

The Impact of Asset Building on the Aspirations of Children and Parents

Research findings on asset-building programs, such as Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) for adults and Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship, and Downpayment (SEED)...

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Financial Education

The Impact of Financial Education on Savings Behavior

Research from a variety of studies finds that combining financial education and savings account ownership have a positive impact, where each leads a person to seek more of...

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Children's Savings Accounts

Investing in Children’s Future: The Potential Behind Illinois 529s

October 4, 2011

This presentation provides an overview of Illinois’ 529 College Savings Program – Bright Start. It includes proposals for modifying the Bright Start program in a...

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