For this blog post, we decided to do something a little different in response to a reader request that we highlight some asset building and state policy blogs that we like.
Before we jump into talking about blogs, we wanted to highlight another weekday resource we read daily -- CFED’s news clips -- which provide top articles from around the country on a daily basis related to asset building, economic opportunity, and higher education issues. You can find CFED’s daily news clips here http://blogs.cfed.org/cfed_news_clips/ or also on the RAISE Texas homepage under the “In the News” section www.raisetexas.org.
Blogs We Like
The Ladder, New America Foundation’s Asset Building Program
New America’s Asset Building Program is a leading national voice on public policies that promote asset building both domestically and internationally; the program’s work is focused on federal and international asset building policy research and development. The Ladder covers topics related to federal asset building policy and highlights innovative asset building programs and research.
Inclusive Economy Blog, CFED
CFED is one of the primary national organizations focused on asset building and expanding economic opportunity for low-income families. CFED promotes state and federal asset building policy, supports community practice and innovation, and also publishes the Assets and Opportunity Scorecard, which includes numerous statewide indicators that gauge the financial stability and economic mobility of state residents. CFED’s blog provides updates on CFED’s work, highlights innovative asset building programs and research, and regularly highlights top posts on asset building from the blogosphere.
The Shriver Brief, The Shriver Center
The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty, located in Chicago, works on policies and programs to achieve social and economic justice for low-income people and communities. The Shriver Center, a core member of the Illinois Asset Building Group, is somewhat unique in that it works on both Illinois state policy and federal policy. While some of their blog topics are specific to Illinois, a lot of their posts are about asset building generally.
America Saves Blog
America Saves is a national public awareness campaign that encourages individuals and families to save money and build personal wealth. The campaign encourages individuals to sign-up as savers on the America Saves website and connects savers with savings information and products. OpportunityTexas leads the Texas Saves campaign as America Saves’ state partner. We’ll be sending out an announcement soon about our new Texas Saves webpage, which will be going live in the next few weeks! America Saves blog is geared towards individual savers, providing savings tips and resources and posts from savers.
Midday Brief Blog, Texas Tribune
To follow Texas state policy and news more generally, we like the Texas Tribune’s Midday Brief, which provides a summary of top Texas headlines on a daily basis.