Grants and Loans
Revised 2013 Application Due Dates: The Assets for Independence (AFI) Program announces the following changes to the due dates for the Fiscal Year 2013 Assets for Independence (AFI) applications have been revised. The January 25, 2013 application due date has been removed. The remaining dates are:
- March 25, 2013
- May 24, 2013
Contact the AFI Resource Center at info@IDAresources.org for details.
Prospective Grantee Webinar 3, Developing Resources and Partners: The AFI Resource Center will offer this free, technical assistance webinar on January 9, 2013, 2 p.m. EST for prospective 2013 grant applicants. The webinar will cover the basics of planning, applying, and developing resources for an AFI project. Credit unions are eligible to participate. Click here to register.
The IDA Match, The Gift that Keeps on Giving in Rural Communities: In rural communities, Individual Development Accounts are like a gift that keeps on giving. These matched savings accounts provide both a 2-for-1 (at least!) savings "bargain" for every family that builds an IDA account and provide value that lasts a long time. In short, IDAs provide rural working families with an opportunity to Grow It - to increase their assets and thus improve their livelihoods over time. Click here to read the entire article produced by the Rural Family Economic Success.
Partnerships and Outreach
Filene Seeks Pilot Credit Unions for Social Media Study: The Filene Research Institute is studying how credit unions can improve their social media efforts to drive stronger business results. Find out how your credit union can develop or improve your social media strategy, build an internal network of socially engaged team members, and drive social media engagement with members to positively impact your credit union's goals. In addition, pilot participants will learn from one another on social media best practices. To learn more and express interest, click here.
IRS offers products in languages other than English: The IRS offers tax forms and publications in other languages to help taxpayers who need translated materials. It is also committed to providing web-accessible tax information for all taxpayers. www.IRS.gov is the official site for federal tax information with more than 700 downloadable forms and publications for taxpayers who are not proficient in English.
The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund: Invites CDFIs to participate in the Capacity Building Initiative training series, "Innovations in Small Business Lending." The training will be provided by Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP. Through the Initiative, CDFIs that provide loans to small and medium-sized enterprises will be able to attend free training to support their continued growth and expanded capabilities.
Dates: January 9 and 10
Location: Los Angeles, CA.
Registration deadline: December 21, 2012
Information/registration: click here
U.S. Internal Revenue Service launches Link & Learn Taxes: Self-paced e-learning courses for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (VITA/TCE) program. This training will instruct you in the VITA/TCE return preparation process and tax law covered under the VITA/TCE program. For more information visit https://www.linklearncertification.com/.
Financial Workshop Kits: Are provided by the National Endowment for Financial EducationŽ (NEFEŽ), a nonprofit foundation that inspires empowered financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life. NEFE will begin holding free webinars to help financial educators become familiar with the workshop kits. For more information visit www.nefe.org.
IDAs for Small Businesses: "Crafting the best program for your clients", is the title of a webinar recently conducted by Assets for Independence. Click here to view the recording and download a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.
Credit Union National Association's (CUNA's) cuna.org website was compromised by hackers: The organization recently reported. More information can be found here: http://www.cuna.org/cuna/security_faq.html. One piece of advice CUNA encourages is to:
Change your password to your cuna.org account and any non-CUNA websites for which you use the same email address as a username. Our CUNA website will also be prompting users to change their passwords on their next log in. You can change your cuna.org password by logging in at this link and clicking on "Manage Password": https://ebus.cuna.org/personifyebusiness/MyAccount/ManagePassword.aspx.
Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households:The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recently released a report, "2011 National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households," updating findings from its original 2009 report on unbanked and underbanked households. The report reveals the need for safer, cheaper, and higher quality financial products for consumers. Click here to read about the study and download the report.
Lowest Income Renters Face Greatest Shortage of Affordable and Available Housing: This recently released study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Community Development Studies and Education Department compares housing affordability for renters in various income categories in the Third Federal Reserve District. Also, the department released a suite of materials, including tables with detailed data for states, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), and counties within the District.
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