Tri-State CF Partnership Webinar: Children's Savings Accounts

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
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Creating a community with a vibrant and diverse economy, a skilled workforce and shared prosperity does not happen overnight—it requires meaningful investments. Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman argues that investments made during a child’s early years offer the biggest bang for the buck, creating significant long-term benefits for both the child and society. Establishing Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) is one such investment and sends all children the message that they have the potential and the support needed for academic success and economic mobility, regardless of where they come from or their family’s finances.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • why CSAs are important to the future of our communities;
  • evidence about the impact of CSAs, and
  • about innovative programming that seeks to address the limitations of traditional scholarship and financial aid programs through CSAs.

This webinar is hosted by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance.

Target Audience:

The Tri-State Community Foundation Partnership webinars are designed for, but not exclusive to, community foundation staff and board members and is a partnership between Indiana Philanthropy Alliance/GIFT, Council of Michigan Foundations, and Philanthropy Ohio.


Carl Rist, Prosperity Now (formerly CFED), Senior Director Children Savings Accounts & Senior Advisor, Asset Building
Carl Rist has spent 25+ years at Prosperity Now (formerly the Corporation for Enterprise Development), working on a variety of strategies to expand economic opportunity and help lower-income households build wealth and financial security.  Presently, Mr. Rist is the Senior Director of Children’s Savings and a Senior Advisor on Asset Building.  In this capacity, Mr. Rist directs Prosperity Now’s efforts, including field building, public policy advocacy, and consulting services, to ensure that more than a million low-income children have access to children’s savings accounts (CSAs).  Prior to this, Mr. Rist launched and directed the 1:1 Fund, a fundraising and marketing tool created by Prosperity Now that makes it easy for children’s savings programs to raise matching funds from individual donors, large and small. 

Mr. Rist’s experience with children’s savings accounts also includes directing the SEED (Savings for Education, Entrepreneurship and Downpayment) Policy and Practice Initiative (2003-2009), a multi-year, multi-site initiative that was the first national demonstration of matched savings accounts for children and youth.  He is also the co-author of numerous publications about children’s saving, including Hope in Concrete Form:  Children’s Savings Accounts and the Save and Invest Economy; From Piggy Banks to Prosperity: A Guide to Implementing Children's Development Accounts; and Children's Savings Accounts: A State Policy Sourcebook.   

Mr. Rist earned an M.A. in public policy in 1991 from the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University. He also holds an undergraduate degree from Davidson College.

Patty Grant, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Wabash County
Patty has served the Community Foundation since 1989, when she joined first as a member of the board. As Executive Director, Patty leads the Foundation’s team in design and development of the innovative Community Foundation Early Award Scholarship Program, which utilizes Indiana's CollegeChoice 529 Plan to build college going identities and assets for post-secondary education.  Leveraging the influence of Lilly Endowment's 6 phases of the GIFT Initiative, Patty's leadership supported the Foundation's asset growth from $15,000 in 1990 to approximately $53 million today. Patty served as project director for the first Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program and the Community Alliance to Promote Education Initiative (CAPE), a $5 million spend-down initiative to advance educational attainment. Patty holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from DePauw University, Greencastle IN and an MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago, Chicago Illinois.

Julie Garber, Program Director, Community Foundation of Wabash County
Julie Garber has been working with the Community Foundation for 4 years as the Program Director. Her main areas of focus are Scholarships and Grants, as well as working with the many Foundation committees. Julie was born in nearby Elkhart, Indiana and is the youngest of 4 siblings.  She graduated from Manchester University, and since has attended graduate school at Indiana University, Bethany Theology Seminary in Oak Brook, Illinois, and the University of Chicago.  In her free time, she enjoys taking long walks around North Manchester with her dog, Ike, visiting her mother at Timbercrest, and traversing the outdoors at the many reservoirs in the local area.  Julie was excited to be working at the Foundation because of its interest in high impact programs for education.


Free for Indiana Philanthropy Alliance/GIFT Members
$50 for Members of Other Associations (outside Tri-State Partnership)


Please register by 5:00 pm Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Questions about registration should be directed to Belinda Gray at

Unable to attend the live webinar? Register now to receive the recording and slides after the webinar is completed.

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