Asset Building Program

Giving all citizens a stake in our economy.

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The Assets Perspective

This new book presents a multi-dimensional exploration of how the concept of asset building has taken shape over the last two decades.

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The Assets Budget is Out of Balance

The President's FY 2015 Budget Request calls for more than $500 billion in spending to build assets and wealth, but where does that money go? Where should it go? Learn more in our new analysis.

President Obama Delivers the State of the Union

Who is myRA? Can She Help Me Save?

President Obama unveiled a new type of retirement account in his State of the Union Address. Can the myRA help struggling families save?

President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965

An Assets Perspective to the War on Poverty

Since the 1960s, our understanding of poverty has evolved and changed dramatically – and it’s time to apply a more modern perspective to our solutions. Read our blog series reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and the rise of the assets perspective.

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Modernizing Asset Limits

Asset limits are caps on the level of savings and resources that families can have and participate in public programs. These caps can discourage saving, increase financial insecurity, and make it harder to achieve financial independence. Learn more on our interactive website.

Latest Blog Posts

Elliot Schreur
Friday, April 18, 2014
The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include tax day, inequality, and the safety net.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Editor's note: this blog post was authored by Heather McCulloch, Manager of the Tax Policy Project of the Asset Funders Network. It originally appeared on the ACCESS to Financial Security site and is reprinted here with the author's permission. It’s tax time, the perfect time to consider how tax...
Justin King
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Happy Tax Day!Another April 15th, come and gone, here's hoping you got a refund and saved a portion of it! There's been a surprising number of articles and opinion pieces swirling around Tax Day this year. We thought we'd highlight some that jumped out at us, here's a sampling:
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Asset Building Video Interviews

Click below to watch short interviews with key experts that distill our events, policy papers and commentary down to the essentials.

The Assets Report 2012


The Assets Report 2012 answers these questions. The Assets Report Data Visualization tells the story of how American families benefit (and don’t benefit) from current federal spending and recommends polices that could improve this outlook.




Apr 11 2014
Locked Up and Locked Out Washington 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Apr 04 2014
RESCHEDULED: Savings in America Washington 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mar 11 2014
50 Years Since the War on Poverty Washington 9:15 am - 11:30 am
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Articles and Op-Eds

March 18 | The Hill
Reid Cramer
March 18 | The Hill
Reid Cramer
February 21 | Dallas News
Aleta Sprague
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January 09 | The Weekly Wonk
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Asset Building Program Staff

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Senior Policy Analyst, Asset Building Program

Rachel Black is a senior policy analyst in the Asset Building Program at the...

Reid Cramer
Director, Asset Building Program

Reid Cramer is director of the Asset Building Program at the New America...

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Policy Analyst, Asset Building Program

Hannah Emple is a policy analyst with the Asset Building Program at the New...

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Policy Director, Asset Building Program

Justin King is policy director of the Asset Building Program at the New...

Elliot Schreur
Policy Analyst, Asset Building Program

Elliot Schreur is a policy analyst with the Asset Building Program at the...

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Policy Analyst, Asset Building Program

Aleta Sprague is a policy analyst in the Asset Building Program at the New...

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