Conference Planning Team

State coalition leaders from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio will host the first ever Midwest Asset Building Conference. In partnership with Prosperity Now (formerly CFED), state leaders will bring together representation from their respective memberships to share ideas, make peer connections and learn from some of the leading minds in the asset building and financial empowerment fields.


Illinois Asset Building Group

The Illinois Asset Building Group (IABG) is a statewide coalition committed to expanding access to the tools families need to build financially secure futures. We advocate for policy and program solutions that address the growing racial wealth gap, and we provide technical assistance to help organizations across Illinois build and strengthen their financial empowerment programs.  IABG is a project of the Financial Empowerment Policy Unit at Heartland Alliance.


Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network

Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network is a statewide coalition. The Network creates learning opportunities for formal and informal community leaders on policies that affect low-to-moderate income families, and builds capacity for organizations to increase the financial stability of families.  The Network is directed by a diverse steering committee to help establish program and policy focus.

It is co-led by Prosperity Indiana which is a member organization skilled at building vibrant communities and resilient families; and the Indiana Institute for Working Families (IIWF) which is a program of the Indiana Community Action Association, skilled in research, policy analysis, and advocacy.


Community Economic Development Association of Michigan

CEDAM supports its diverse membership to create vibrant, sustainable and resilient communities. We enhance locally-driven efforts through high quality training, technical assistance, capacity building and policy advocacy.


Minnesota Asset Building Coalition

The Minnesota Asset Building Coalition (MABC) was formed in 2014 to advocate for policies that provide the opportunity for financially fragile Minnesotans to build wealth and climb the economic ladder.  Smart asset building policies lead to more financially healthy households, increased economic activity in local communities, and a stronger and more robust state economy. Comprised of 131 member organizations from rural, suburban, and urban communities across Minnesota, MABC operates under the shared principle of embedding racial, ethnic, and geographical equity and inclusion into organizational development, issue development and policy advocacy.


Policy Matters Ohio

Policy Matters Ohio is a policy research institute. We create a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio through research, strategic communications, coalition building and policy advocacy. We create an economy that works…for everyone.


Prosperity Now

Prosperity Now (formerly CFED) believes that everyone deserves a chance to prosper. Since 1979, we have helped make it possible for millions of people, especially people of color and those of limited incomes, to achieve financial security, stability and, ultimately, prosperity. We offer a unique combination of scalable practical solutions, in-depth research and proven policy solutions, all aimed at building wealth for those who need it most.