The African American Financial Capability Initiative: An Implementation Blueprint

This blueprint reveals the insights of the three year-long African American Financial Capability Initiative (AAFCI), an initiative funded by the Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF). Prosperity Now's Racial Wealth Divide Initiative (RWDI) helped 30+ partnering organizations build and implement community-centered financial stability pilot projects to improve and protect the economic security of African Americans in six cities: Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon; Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. The AAFCI Communities of Practice were each tasked with designing and implementing pilot projects to strengthen asset-building services; sharpening policy advocacy strategies; and growing leadership capacity to benefit local communities. Prosperity Now’s RWDI will also showcase its unique approach to technical assistance for local organizations working to innovate economic systems through a racial equity lens.

AAFCI Blueprint Release Event

Watch the live stream footage from the AAFCI Implementation Blueprint Release below.


View slides of the presentations made during the event.

Media Coverage

Closing The Gap Within Racial Wealth Disparity - WJLA Good Morning Washington

How African American-led Projects in 6 U.S. Cities Are Working to End the Cycle of Poverty - Daily Mail

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