Welcome to The Collaborative's website-- a statewide organization serving as the central coordinating agency for asset-based development in North Carolina.

The Collaborative is a private, non-profit organization funded by public and private sources.


10th Anniversary Breakfast :: The Collaborative is celebrating our 10th year of service to low-to-moderate income families in North Carolina with a breakfast on April 3 at the RBC Center Arena Club Room. The event will be held from 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. THE EVENT IS FREE. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. For more information, email tarin.washington@ncidacollaborative.org or call 919-341-6418.

North Carolina Saves Week
North Carolina Saves Week a huge success! People from Asheville, Lincolnton and Raleigh came out and learned about credit, savings, identity theft and homeownership from our partners at Fifth Third Bank. Join the Saves campaign and receive bi-monthly newsletters. Sign up at www.northcarolinasaves.org

"Pathways to Prosperity" Conference
Conference presentations are available for download
. The 2011 Pathways to Prosperity Conference on Asset-Building and Financial Education held on October 17-18 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, NC received rave reviews from attendees. The conference opened with remarks from Jennifer Tescher, President & CEO, Center for Financial Services Innovation, who stressed that innovation involves taking risk. She went on to say, "everyday financial services need to build assets or rebuild lost assets." Other keynote speakers included: Bob Schnorbus, Regional Economics Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; José Cisneros, Treasure of the City and County of San Francisco; and Leslie J. Winner, Executive Director, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

For two days, conference attendees received information, exchanged ideas, networked and had access to timely topics in the asset-building field. Download the Conference Program and Presentations

The Collaborative held a July 12th forum for employers in the state entitled "Creating the economically secure workforce". The forum focused on strategies to encourage employers to offer financial education and savings opportunities to employees and included recent research on workplace based programs. North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell spoke about what the state is doing to encourage savings and financial education. Approximately 25 employers from across the state participated and gave their perspective as well. Later that week, members of the Four-State Savings Partnership (The Collaborative and MDC from North Carolina, South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations, and KISRA from West Virginia) joined partner Virginia Community Capital for their event hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, titled, "Advancing Workplace Savings Initiatives". Click for information about the event at the Federal Reserve Bank.

Governor Perdue issues Proclamation for North Carolina Saves. Visit North Carolina Saves (www.northcarolinasaves.org) for the details.

The Collaborative's VISTA project has placed 11 VISTAs in 9 cities in North Carolina through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Our Winston-Salem VISTA has developed a new website and blog for North Carolina's most successful individual development account partnership. Visit them at www.newcenturyida.org.

New America Foundation reviews the role of public policy in unrestricted savings.