The Collaborative promotes economic security, mobility, and opportunity for low-and moderate-income North Carolinians. We work collaboratively with partners to affect change in families and communities:

  • Growing Household Income: With the Corporation for National and Community Service, 12 VISTAs and 10 organizations, we strengthen the connections of low-income people to employment and microenterprise in 6 NC communities.
  • Learn to Earn is a financial education and matched children’s savings account program for youth and an adult in their household in Southeast Raleigh, sponsored by Wells Fargo Foundation and PNC.
  • Upwards to Financial Stability is a partnership with the National Disabilities Institute and the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities to build financial capability for people with disabilities. We provide tools and resources, connections to asset-development programs, and training with a customized financial education curriculum.
  • Financial Opportunity Corp is a partnership with the Points of Light Foundation, Bank of America and NC Works Career Centers. We provide financial workshops and coaching services to Center customers.
  • North Carolina Saves: A campaign with 24/7 tools to save, pay down debt, and build wealth over time. Sign up at
  • North Carolina Assets Alliance: We work collaboratively with 114 organizations to educate the public and thought-leaders about the importance of assets to family economic security. Our vision is to expand economic opportunity and build a more stable financial future for all North Carolinians.
  • Pathways to Prosperity®: Held biennially in odd years, this conference brings the nation’s leading experts to the Triangle to share their recent research, policy achievements, and innovations to help low-income people rise up the economic ladder.
  • Culture of Savings Luncheon: Held biennially in even years, this event provides partners with current, expert perspectives on issues impacting our collective work in the state. In 2016 we hosted 5 experts to discuss: Beyond Trickle Down: How Inclusive Community Development Strategies can Engage and Benefit Low-Income Residents


How to Give

First - be educated about financial security. Read and learn from our FaceBook pages and websites: North Carolina Saves and NC Assets.

Next - share your time. We can use your talents to encourage others with their financial goals, to join your voices with others in speaking up for our families, and to help lead us into our future. Check out Get Involved/Volunteer for current listings.

Finally - make a contribution. Visit Get Involved/Donate Now.

Who Supports Us

Bank of America Foundation
Citi Foundation
City of Raleigh
Corporation for National and Community Service
C.S. Mott Foundation
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
First Carolina Bank
First Citizens Bank
Gateway Bank and Trust
JPMorgan Chase
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities
North Carolina Credit Union League
North Carolina Department of Commerce
North Carolina Department of Labor
North Carolina Electric Cooperatives
North Carolina Housing Finance Agency
North Carolina Institute for Minority Economic Development
Prosperity Now
SunTrust Bank
UNC Center for Community Capital
UNC School of Social Work
Wells Fargo Foundation
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Why Give

Your gift helps break the cycle of poverty in North Carolina and creates a state where all have the opportunity to move up the economic ladder. Income is important, but it is not enough. Individuals and households can build assets when financial education is available in communities across the state - we all need to know how to choose consumer friendly financial products and steer clear of high cost, predatory services. You can move more people toward economic security by investing in The Collaborative.

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