Asset Building Strategies offers research, planning, technical assistance and public presentations to support foundations, intermediaries, advocates and practitioners to understand emerging trends and advance national asset-building initiatives.
Expanding Asset Building Opportunities through Shared Ownership—
Annie E. Casey Foundation
In January of 2008, Heather McCulloch of Asset Building Strategies and Beadsie Woo of the Annie E. Casey Foundation began a collaborative effort to catalyze a national dialogue about ways to expand asset-building opportunities through shared ownership. The resulting framing paper, “Expanding Asset Building through Shared Ownership [PDF],” was used to frame a national discussion co-hosted by the Casey Foundation and the Asset Funders Network in December 2008. Ms. McCulloch continues to work with the Casey Foundation and the Asset Funders Network to advance the initiative.
Continuum of Asset Building Opportunities—Walter and Elise Haas Fund
As part of the report, “Building Assets While Building Communities: Expanding Savings and Investment Opportunities for Low Income Bay Area Families,” [PDF] for the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, Heather McCulloch developed a visual of the “continuum” of asset-building opportunities [PDF] underway in communities across the country (see Local Innovation for more detail about research). The continuum has since been widely disseminated and used by asset-building practitioners across the country as a way to describe the expanding menu of strategies available to local communities.
Promoting Economic Security for Working Families—Fannie Mae Foundation
The national report, “Promoting Economic Security for Working Families: State Asset Building Initiatives,” [PDF] by Heather McCulloch of Asset Building Strategies, was published by the Fannie Mae Foundation. The report highlights key features, goals and policy priorities of asset policy initiatives emerging in states across the country.
Ms. McCulloch has presented the report findings to state and national audiences including the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governor’s Association [PDF], congressional caucuses [PDF] on women’s issues and financial literacy, the Council on Foundations [PDF] and the Asset Funders Network [PDF]. The findings have been featured in national publications, including Community Investments [PDF], published by the Federal Reserve of San Francisco and Housing Facts and Findings [PDF], published by the Fannie Mae Foundation.