Asset Building and Vehicle Programs:

Shifting into Gear: A Guide to Car Ownership Programs

2006 Survey of Low Income Car Ownership programs

Northland News coverage of Duluth vehicle program event

Echo Press coverage of Alexandria vehicle program event

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs):

IDA toolkit document

Return on Investment research on Family Assets for Independence in MN (FAIM)

Bringing Matched Savings Accounts to Scale

Child Savings Accounts:

Child Savings Accounts toolkit document

Fact file on Child Savings Accounts

Guide to implementing Child Savings Accounts

Lending Circles:

Lending Circle toolkit document

Research on lending circles as a credit building tool

Tax Credits and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Programs:

EITC & VITA toolkit document

Connect with the CFED Taxpayer Opportunity Network

Brookings Institute county level data on tax credit utilization 

Bridge to Benefits

National Partners & Resources:


Founded in 1979, the Corporation For Enterprise Development (CFED), a national nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, empowers low- and moderate-income households to build and preserve assets by advancing policies and programs that help them achieve the American Dream, including buying a home, pursuing higher education, starting a business and saving for the future.

Visit CFED site

Financial Education Resources:

Help MN Save

Help MN Save is a clearinghouse of information and resources for direct service staff working to help people become economically secure through financial literacy and asset building. 

Visit MN Save Site

Research and resources from MABC:

MABC Survey

Nearly 300 asset building practitioners from 89 organizations across the state participated in an online survey in the summer of 2014; the document below also includes notes from 7 practitioner focus groups conducted in 2013 and 2014.

MABC Practitioner Survey & Focus Group Findings 2014