Investing in the Future of Our Community: A Case Study on Funders’ Motivations for Supporting CSAs - A Webinar Hosted by Asset Funders Network

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm EST
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*This program is hosted by our partner, Asset Funders Network (AFN), who has extended an invitation to PNY members.*

Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) are important assets for the future of our communities.  Philanthropy plays an essential role in the growth and success of CSAs across the country. Yet, we know relatively little as to why investing in CSAs appeals to some funders and not others.  

Join us on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 1 pm ET for answers.  Investing in the Future of Our Community: A Case Study on Funders’ Motivation for Supporting Children’s Savings Accounts is an unprecedented field study of committed, potential, and declined CSA funders in three regions: Indiana, New York/New Jersey, and Dallas/Fort Worth.  The webinar includes:

CSAs improve children’s educational attainment and long-term economic well-being for low and moderate income children and others traditionally left out of postsecondary education.  They link families to mainstream financial institutions and are associated with greater parental savings for postsecondary education. For children and parents, CSAs are associated with positive outcomes related to early childhood development, maternal health, and educational expectations and performance.  CSAs have many benefits, yet until now, we were not sure what compelled some funders to invest and others not to.

This dialogue will provide you with:

  • Insights on funders’ motivations, concerns, and barriers related to investing in CSAs.
  • A common set of metrics being used in CSA programs.
  • An understanding how funders influence CSA program design.

By illuminating perspectives from the field, we hope to grow and strengthen investments in CSAs and our communities’ futures.

We want your help in shaping the conversation.  Please submit your questions in advance when you register.


  • What motivates funders and potential funders to consider investing in CSAs
  • How funders evaluate CSA success and shape the future of programs
  • What challenges potential and committed funders face that may deter some from investing
  • Findings from the study’s authors Rebecca Loya and Lindsey Stranc, Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP), Heller School for Social Policy and Management Brandeis University
  • A rich discussion with a practitioner from New York, a funder from Dallas, and a school representative in Indiana about their field experiences

Designed for

All interested funders.


Registration is required by January 7th. 
Members and Non-Member Funders: Please click on the "Register Now" link above. Webinar information will be emailed to you before the webinar.

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.
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