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Maryland CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign 

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The Maryland CASH (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) Campaign™: is a state-wide network of organizations that promote financial stability for working families. Our coalition includes Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) partners that provide free tax preparation services, promote access to high-quality financial services, and offer financial education and coaching.

Maryland CASH coordinates a network of practitioners, while focusing on three main initiatives: capacity building and training, financial education, and research and advocacy.

 

History

Robin McKinneyThe Maryland CASH Campaign™ was established in 2005 to link asset building programs in Maryland together to strengthen products and policies that promote financial security for families. Current Director Robin McKinney co-founded the Maryland CASH Campaign with the Baltimore CASH Campaign and the Maryland Committee for Children. They met for two years to discuss and strategize how to provide free tax preparation services and asset development opportunities to Maryland residents before hiring Robin as the full-time director in 2007. Maryland CASH is housed under the Job Opportunities Task Force, a non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to helping low-wage workers advance.

Mission

Maryland CASH promotes programs, products, and policies that protect and grow the financial security of working families by improving the availability of financial education, providing practitioner trainings and professional development, conducting research, and advocating for policy change. Maryland CASH partners with nonprofits, government agencies, the financial service industry, higher education institutions, elected officials, and private foundations across the state of Maryland.

Goals

Establish a strong workforce of practitioners to assist clients with financial matters and a strong network of leaders in the asset building field.

Implemented by…

  • Providing financial education workshops, trainings, and toolkits for practitioners
  • Connecting nonprofit groups and agencies to promote financial stability for families and communities
  • Collaborating with education institutions to build financial knowledge among future social work practitioners

Broaden access to financial education for Maryland residents.

Implemented by…

  • Establishing a coordinated statewide financial education website to provide access to free and low-cost workshops

Provide a safety net of policies that protect the financial stability of working families.

Implemented by…

  • Conducting research on financial issues affecting low-income families
  • Supporting and advocating for bills to protect consumers and their finances
  • Identifying and promoting policy initiatives that encourage saving and support financial security

NEW: See our 2013 Results! MDCASH 2013 Year End Results