Prosperity Now Community: Learn, Connect and Act to Put Prosperity in Reach for All
In case you missed it yesterday, we announced the news that CFED has become Prosperity Now! Along with this exciting change, the Assets & Opportunity Network has become the Prosperity Now Community!
Since our founding, Prosperity Now has been committed to convening and connecting people working to promote financial well-being and wealth-building opportunities for everyone, especially those of limited incomes or for whom our systems have not been working. Collaboration and partnerships are a part of our DNA, and when we launched the Assets & Opportunity Network at the 2012 Assets Learning Conference, it was built on the belief that it is going to take all of us working together to create the change we want to see.
Through the years, we’ve launched and grown multiple networks and campaigns—like the Taxpayer Opportunity Network and the Campaign for Every Kids Future. We’ve also convened dozens more informal learning and advocacy groups, many of which have been time-limited and issue-specific groups designed to advance a particular topic or solution. Although these strategies have varied, they have all been anchored by our understanding that building knowledge, improving programs, increasing advocacy capacity and mobilizing our constituents are all critical parts of our work to build a more prosperous economy.
Those of us who envision a nation in which prosperity is in reach for all, especially for communities of color and those who have not had it before, should work together to achieve this goal.
Each of the ways—big and small—that our work has evolved over the years has led to this pivotal moment in our history: the official launch of the Prosperity Now Community. As we introduce the Prosperity Now brand to the world this week, we also have the pleasure of introducing the Prosperity Now Community. The premise of the Community is simple: those of us who envision a nation in which prosperity is in reach for all, especially for communities of color and those who have not had it before, should work together to achieve this goal. Indeed, the change we want to see in the world is massive, and we can’t do it alone.
Of course, the premise may be simple, but the work of our Community is not. Across our many years of convening networks, we’ve sought feedback at every turn. Along the way, we’ve learned much about what you need from us, what we should expect from you, and what we can do together to lift up those who have been left behind. As we’ve learned, we’ve refined our approaches. And, while it’s never been perfect, we think this new iteration of our shared community is a better reflection of the people involved, and the people who ultimately benefit as a result of its existence.
So, what’s next? In the coming months, you’ll be getting to know us a little better, and we’ll be looking to get to know you a little better, too. Through our new website, a new monthly newsletter, more tailored email communications and a host of other ways, you’ll have a range of opportunities to get more engaged. As these opportunities make their way to your inbox, your social media feeds and more, I hope you’ll take advantage of them. I also hope you’ll be candid with us by letting us know what’s working well—and what could be better.