Insights from the Ideas for Action Awards: Financial Asset Building Audio Conference

Audio Conference Series Sponsored by the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, the Northwest Area Foundation, the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Many organizations nationwide are making great strides toward helping low-income individuals achieve financial security. Winners of the 2012 Ideas for Action Award offer innovative examples of those efforts and provide important models for success.

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is hosting a national audio conference series, in partnership with the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, the Northwest Area Foundation, and the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs to explore programs that help families build financial assets. Speakers will discuss best practices for addressing immediate and long-term financial security, and present examples of unique approaches to implementing Individual Development Accounts in financial institutions such as credit unions.


David Harrison, senior lecturer of public affairs, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington  

Mae Watson Grote, executive director, The Financial Clinic

Marybeth Foster, executive director, Iowa Credit Union Foundation

You can also follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #Ideas4Action.

Click here to hear audio clips and view the resources from the second call in the Ideas for Action series: Career Pathways Out of Poverty.

Click here for information on the 2013 Ideas for Action Award.

Read the full transcript of the audio conference here: Transcript.pdf

Listen to the audio conference segments below.


Ideas for Action overview with David Harrison


The Financial Clinic: Organization and embedded 

services overview


The Financial Clinic: Career advancement

embedded services and Money Up


Iowa Credit Union Foundation (ICUF) Overview

ICUF: Family Partnership IDA Program


ICUF: IDA Program sustainability


ICUF: IDAs as a bipartisan issue

Audience Q&A

Audience Q&A

Additional Resources