10:00 AM10:00

Financial Health Matters: Innovations and Strategies to Empower Louisianans

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Join the Louisiana Asset Funders Network for a convening of philanthropy, nonprofit practitioners, and community leaders as we explore innovations in financial health. We will discuss strategies that improve the financial well-being of low income Louisianans, including Fintech (financial technology products) and other innovative models.

Hear from Joshua Sledge from the Financial Health Network as he elevates the impact financial health has on families and children, shares the role philanthropy can play, and inspires us to work collaboratively for equity.

Together, we have the opportunity to nurture the development of consumer-centric, inclusive, and impactful new models and tools that foster increased financial stability, savings, and credit building.

A panel of thought leaders will discuss how financial health encompasses:

  • Better ability to absorb economic shocks

  • Increased future orientation and asset-building goals

  • Improved employment and housing options

  • Increased opportunities to get an affordable loan

Add your voice to the conversation as we explore the case for investments in financial health, budding examples showing promise in our state, and stakeholder roles to increase impact to improve the financial resiliency of Louisianans.

Speakers Include

  • Joshua Sledge, Financial Health Network

  • Jesus Gerena, Family Independence Initiative

  • Patricia Sullivan, The Financial Clinic

  • Suzanne Torregano, Kingsley House

  • Ben Allen, Perk Up Financial Health

  • Erika Wright, Vice President, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Missouri Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Isabel Barrios, Greater New Orleans Foundation

  • Christine Jordan, Entergy

For questions, contact: Abby Hughes Holsclaw (abby@assetfunders.org) or Kara Wilkins (kara@assetfunders.org)

When –
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Where –
Café Reconcile Meeting Room
1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113

Funders, please join the Louisiana Asset Funders Network following the morning event for a discussion and luncheon* from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. AFN is philanthropy’s only membership organization focused on building economic well-being for low and middle income people, working together to create opportunity and prosperity for all. Learn more about us.

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8:15 AM08:15

Business Ownership and Economic Mobility: Banking on Arkansas’ Black Women

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Small businesses play a large role in the American economy.  Moreover, business ownership can serve as a wealth-building tool for women. Black women are the fastest growing group of small business owners in the nation. Join us as we explore this trend, systemic barriers to black women's economic mobility, and black women business owners' potential to impact local economies and support the economic health and vitality of both rural and urban communities.

We invited grant-makers, policy influencers, practitioners, and the business community to this conversation on how to intentionally support entrepreneurial women build wealth through business ownership.

Speakers included regional and national experts, including keynote speakers Martine Aurelien, Duke University; Dell Gines, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; and Karama Neal, Southern Bancorp Community Partners.

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4:00 PM16:00

Arkansas Asset Funders Network Soiree

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The Arkansas Asset Funders Network held an informal social that highlighted our 2019 plans, welcomed a new peer - Amanda Finney - to the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation, and encouraged sharing of focus with fellow funders.

What: Arkansas Asset Funders Network Soiree

When: March 7, 2019 @ 4:00 PM

Where: Cache Restaurant/Downtown Little Rock

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3:00 PM15:00

The 2020 Census and Your Community: You Can Make a Difference

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The 2020 Census count will impact federal dollars flowing to the state for the next decade for health, education, workforce, and other key services. It is imperative that we use our voices to advocate for all Arkansans to be counted.

In Arkansas, the undercount in 2020 could be as significant with:

● 20 percent of residents living in a “hard-to-count” region;

● 29 percent of residents having either no access to internet services or dial-up only access;

●Arkansas’s Hispanic/Latino community boasting an increase of 152 percent and Pacific Islander population by 366 percent since 2000; and

● 40 percent of all Arkansas immigrants living in rural communities of 8,000 or less residents.

The census count impacts federal dollars flowing to the state for the next decade for health, education, workforce, and other key services. The 2020 census matters. Thank you to those who joined Arkansas Impact Philanthropy, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas United, and the Arkansas Public Policy Panel in learning more about the 2020 Census and how you can make a difference.

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