Assets & Opportunity Scorecard Underscores Work Ahead for Oregon

The Corporation for Enterprise Development’s (CFED) Assets & Opportunity Scorecard was released on Monday. The news isn’t rosy for Oregon. However, we know that there are steps we can take and that working together we can remove the barriers to opportunity that persist. Oregon Ranks 26th Overall in Financial Security of Residents Here’s the analysis…

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How to Find the Magic Middle Between Awareness & Action in Advocacy

By Jill Winsor and Jenny Lee On November 16 and 17 we had the pleasure of working with Tanya Beer from the Center for Evaluation Innovation. Tanya shared the Center’s Framework for Policy Advocacy and challenged us to remember that when we engage in advocacy, we must do more than simply build awareness around our issue, we must…

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Support Local Businesses Owned by IDA Savers and Get Great Gifts

The RE:Conference won’t just be a fantastic time of learning from industry leaders and networking with other professionals; it will also be a chance to see the Oregon IDA Initiative in action. On the evening of October 29th a handful of small business graduates will showcase their products and services at the IDA Marketplace. Conference…

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August 2015 Newsletter

Summer is almost over, schools are filling up, colleagues are headed back from vacation and here at NP we’re looking ahead to an eventful fall. Our Oct 29 and 30 RE:Conference is titled as such because nothing gets us more excited than the chance to reconnect, rethink and re-imagine Oregon. We’re rejuvenated after a busy…

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CFED Scorecard shines light on assets in Oregon

We know when more Oregonians with low incomes can save, build financial skills, own a home, get an education or start a small business our communities will grow and thrive. Asset building is a cornerstone for our economy and every year we get a scorecard on how Oregon is doing. The 2015 Assets & Opportunity…

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Oregon IDA Initiative continues to create pathways to prosperity

Fifty years ago President Johnson described to a Joint Session of Congress the plight of Americans who “live on the outskirts of hope” because of poverty or race.   Addressing the widening income gap is again at the forefront of our country and state policy dialogues. At Neighborhood Partnerships our mission is to create opportunity…

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Oregon IDA Initiative releases latest evaluation report

The Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative is pleased to release the latest evaluation of our efforts. The evaluation, conducted by Portland State University’s Regional Research Institute shows a continued track record of success and long term financial behavior changes by participants. Since 2008, over 1,775 individuals have successfully graduated from the Initiative and more…

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Oregon Legislature Considers how to Help Oregonians Save for Retirement

HB 3436, passed by the House of Representatives yesterday, June 24, proposes the creation of an Oregon Retirement Savings Investment Board. This Board would bring together key players to study the issue of retirement security and develop solutions. It would include representatives from the financial services industry, employers, the public, and the State Treasurer. The…

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Senator Merkley speaks at Oregon’s 2013 Asset Builders Conference

We were honored to have Senator Merkley speak to us at Building Oregon’s Future: 2013 Asset Builders Conference on Wednesday, April 24th. Sen. Merkley continues to be a champion of policies that strengthen pathways to the middle class for all our neighbors. He spoke about his own part in Oregon’s asset building history, beginning with…

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2013 Promises to be an Exciting Year for the Oregon IDA Initiative!

Neighborhood Partnerships is excited about the year ahead and our expanding opportunities to build household financial resilience through the Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative. We wrapped up a successful year in 2012 by reaching our $10 million goal, thanks to the Oregon IDA 75% Tax Credit. We are grateful to the many individual and…

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