The Evidence Base for Asset Building: Moving Families Toward Economic Security

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Philanthropy New York; 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC 10036
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Asset Building strategies shift the focus from a deficit model to one that helps people build financial security and opportunity. Funders across sectors have invested in asset-building strategies as a means for greater impact and financial security for America’s vulnerable families.

The asset building frame is inspirational. But does it actually work?

Come join expert Dr. Tom Shapiro from Brandeis University IASP and funder peers to discuss the asset building framework. Together, we will explore what we know about how asset building programs and policies boost economic security and provide better economic chances for vulnerable families. We will also discuss place-based grantmaking strategies for New York asset funders. Hear about how asset building strategies bring the promise of greater shared prosperity and models that help individuals and families do more than make ends meet. Join in this evidence-based conversation about how credit building, homeownership, access to affordable education, creating opportunities to take risk for better employment and entrepreneurship, retirement savings, and neighborhood economic empowerment are all strategies that have promoted assets in ways that stabilize families, increase agency and strengthen communities.

  • The evidence base for asset building approaches to economic security
  • What’s worked with different asset building approaches
  • How different foundations are addressing financial security via asset based approaches


  • Dr. Tom Shapiro, Professor of Law and Social Policy and Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy, Brandeis University

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Grantmakers interested in economic security, children, youth and families.


2:45 - 3:00 PM Check-in

3:00 - 5:00 PM Program

Registration is required by February 26. 

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