“Bringing Unbanked Households into the Banking System”: A report from The Brookings Institution that suggests how banks can use to help “unbanked” households—those that do not have accounts at deposit institutions—to join the mainstream financial system.
California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity: An association of individuals, local micro-finance and business assistance programs, community development financial institutions, employment training programs, and other economic development organizations focused on promoting economic opportunity and well-being through microenterprise development
“Census: Income gap between rich and poor got wider in 2009”: An article in USA Today on the growing gap between the richest and poorest Americans
“Closing the Wealth Gap through Self-employment: Women of Color Achieving the American Dream”: A report on microenterprise development from Women’s Initiative
Healthy Marin: A website with statistics on poverty and other issues in Marin
“IDAs Offer Small Boost to Aspiring Entrepreneurs”: An article in the Wall Street Journal
Poverty in Marin: An issue brief developed by MCF
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REDF: Also known as The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund, REDF is a San Francisco-based venture philanthropy organization that invests in nonprofit-run businesses called social enterprises.
Save Together: A website that enables donors to make contributions to help people who are participating in charity-operated savings programs in Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Spokane, and Washington that match the money low-income participants save themselves.
“Struggling to Make Ends Meet in the Bay Area”: A report from the United Way of the Bay Area
“Unbanked by Choice: A Look at How Low-income Los Angeles Households
Manage the Money They Earn”: A report from The Pew Health Group on the implications of not having bank accounts and access to other financial services