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“I feel so much better about my kids’ chances in life. I’m better able to provide what they need to thrive” says Erica, a single mother who lives in Boston with her two sons. Nick, grade 10, loves art and Alex, grade 7, plays every sport from baseball to hockey to tennis.

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CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development) expands economic opportunity by helping Americans start and grow businesses, go to college, own a home, and save for their children’s and own economic futures. We identify promising ideas, test and refine them in communities to find out what works, craft policies and products to help good ideas reach scale, and develop partnerships to promote lasting change. We bring together community practice, public policy and private markets in new and effective ways to achieve greater economic impact.

2008 Assets Learning Conference -- Advancing America's Assets Agenda 2008 Assets Learning Conference
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