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Financial Capability and Asset Building With a Racial- and Gender-Equity Lens: Advances from the Field

How can social service organizations contribute to financial well-being?

In this essay, social service leaders draw upon their experience to identify five strategies for improving financial security and addressing the racial wealth gap. The contributors include Christy Finsel (Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition, Inc.), Mae Watson Grote (Change Machine), Margaret Libby (MyPath), Cathie Mahon (Inclusiv), and Margaret S. Sherraden (Center for Social Development, Washington University).

Published within a special issue of Families in Society, the essay is the fruit of a collaboration initiated as part of Financial Capability and Asset Building: Achievements, Challenges, and Next Steps, a national conference hosted at Washington University in St. Louis by the Center for Social Development in the Brown School and by the Financial Social Work Initiative in the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Project: Financial Capability & Asset Building (FCAB)


Finsel, C., Watson Grote, M., Libby, M., Mahon, C., & Sherraden, M. S. (2022). Financial capability and asset building with a racial- and gender-equity lens: Advances from the field. Families in Society, 103(1), 86–100.