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February 2011 Newsletter

New Opportunities. More Savers.

This past November, OpportunityTexas ™ assumed leadership of Texas Saves. Texas Saves, part of the broader America Saves Campaign, strives to increase individual and family savings by encouraging them to take financial action, build wealth, set financial goals and save money. OpportunityTexas ™, is a joint initiative of RAISE Texas and the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP). As part of our inaugural Texas Saves Week, we’d like to catalogue those organizations and institutions that have participated in America Saves Week in the past or that plan to participate in 2011. Let us know about your involvement today and kindly fill out this survey. Thank you!

Winter Membership Drive

RAISE Texas is thrilled to see its membership continue to grow, thanks to all of our new members! The Winter Membership Drive ends soon... are you a RAISE Texas member? Become a member today and enjoy access to a large community collectively dedicated to supporting and expanding statewide asset-building initiatives. Plus, receive discounts or scholarships to conferences and events which unite partners, peers and donors at statewide and national conferences. Membership also gives you access to public policy resources and cutting-edge information and programs aimed to keep you up-to-date on essential tools, publications and educational possibilities. Become a RAISE Texas member today.

Get Informed

How can your organization leverage financial services industry trends? The Future of Financial Services Webinar discusses both opportunities and challenges revealed by the Center for Financial Services Innovation’s (CFSI’s) new marketplace-wide research. To listen to a recording of the webinar including recommendations, click here (and be sure to click the link that says "Download Document File" to launch an audio player).

Get smart with your training and take part in the FREE FDIC Money Smart Train-the Trainer Session at IBC Bank Austin, Friday, February 18 from 9 AM to 3 PM Austin. This Train-the-Trainer session will provide practical experience in training delivery, coaching, assessing, and giving/receiving feedback through the use of presentations, demonstrations, and exercises. RSVP to participate to Gina Vincent by February 8.

The inextricable connection between disability and poverty requires special attention to developing policies and programs to give people the ability to save, acquire assets and permanently escape poverty. The Asset Opportunities Unit of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and The Abilities Fund are hosting a free webinar Innovative Asset Building Strategies for People with Disabilities on February 17 to highlight strategies and innovative programs for individuals with disabilities. Click here for more information or to register.

Resources and Publications

The Corporation for Enterprise Development’s (CFED) 2010-2011 IDA Report is now available. This report shows key findings, including information on accountholders, common asset purchases, funding sources, and the unmet needs and resources of the field.

The Case for Payday and Auto Title Loan Reform- Texans tell personal stories. Local governments take action. Experts weigh in. Read this new book by Texas Faith for Fair Lending and 500% Interest is Wrong coalitions.

Two recent asset building reports now available that discuss research that shows that permanently affordable housing models, such as community land trusts, can create affordable housing and help families build assets. Download Homeownership Today and Tomorrow: Building Assets While Preserving Affordability by Miriam Axel-Lute and Balancing Affordability and Opportunity: An Evaluation of Affordable Homeownership Programs with Long-term Affordability Controls by Kenneth Temkin, Brett Theodos, and David Price.

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