Financial Education Network

Developing professional Financial Education Networks can be an excellent starting point for cities to support networking and knowledge sharing among providers in their communities. 

By identifying and cultivating strong community partners, cities can make investments in capacity building and development of standards, build technical infrastructure for improving residents’ access to services, and establish professional learning communities that have facilitated professional development, trainings, networking, and funding opportunities for increased capacity across the board.

The development of provider networks also provide a platform for cities to build upon, developing more advance programming such as Financial Empowerment Center networks, supporting access to banking initiatives, address local crises including foreclosure, unemployment, and disaster recovery, and facilitating excellent outreach and customer service to families with low incomes across their communities.

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Information for Funders

The CFE Fund works with partners looking to advance large-scale financial empowerment programs and services through local government. Whether assessing local need and opportunity, supporting innovation through pilots and research, or replicating a proven success, the CFE Fund tailors its resources and those of its partners to further this innovative anti-poverty field.

The CFE Fund is a 501(c)(3) corporation.

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Join Bank On

The largest access to banking approach, local Bank On campaigns have been launched by over 70 cities and states across the country. Read about the exciting next national chapter of this work! 

Lead by the groundbreaking work done in San Francisco, and replicated by many CFE Coalition members and so many others, Bank On has connected hundreds of thousands of unbanked and underbanked adults to safe and affordable financial products at institutions ranging from large international banks to local community banks and credit unions.  Now, with seed support from JPMorgan Chase & Co., the CFE Fund leads the national Bank On movement, supporting city coalitions working to connect individuals and families to the financial mainstream through partnerships between local governments, financial institutions, and community organizations. Click here to learn more about national resources for local coalitions, including our newly-announced Bank On National Account Standards (2015- 2016) and Capacity Grant Fund.

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Resources and Research

Research and evaluation is a hallmark of CFE Coalition cities' programming work.  Both to justify public expenditures and to make the case for policy change, these resources typically explore accomplishments, lessons learned, and outlines for replication. The CFE Fund uses its municipal expertise to help replicate these large scale programs and leverage the policy opportunities that flow from their achievements.

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