Who are we? The Bay Area Asset Funders Network is a regional network of private and corporate foundations, public-sector funders and financial institutions. We support opportunities for low-wealth individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area to build and preserve assets in a variety of ways, including community programs that help people access the financial mainstream; build credit, save money, or manage debt; invest in higher education, a home, or a small business; as well as advocacy efforts to address barriers to savings, reform tax policy or reduce predatory lending.
What are we doing? Launched in early 2010 as the first affiliate of the national Asset Funders Network, Bay Area AFN is supporting a local community of funders invested in asset-building activities throughout the region; strengthening the field by fostering connections between grantmakers and our peers in the nonprofit, public and private sector; and working to increase investment in the field over the long term. In 2013, Bay Area AFN began its fourth year with a commitment to priorities that emerged from our member survey findings: 1) grow the field and membership and 2) focus on policy and advocacy. Bay Area AFN holds quarterly convenings with practitioners, researchers and other expert speakers about issues relevant to our field. Recent topics have included: Building Assets for Very Low Income Individuals; California Asset Policy; Federal Tax Reform and Savings at Scale.
How can you get involved?
If you have questions or would like to support BAAFN, please contact any of us:
Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to be the fiscal sponsor of Bay Area AFN and supports its goals for grantmaker collaboration and engagement.