Human Services

WASHINGTON INSTITUTE FOR FINANCIAL SECURITY

Quick Facts

aka The Prosperity Agenda

Seattle, WA

Mission

For agencies serving families, we deliver pragmatic innovations in order to stop intergenerational poverty.

Ruling Year

2013

Executive Director

Diana Dollar

Main Address

219 First Avenue South, Suite 300

Seattle, WA 98104 USA

Keywords

Human Centered Program Design, Evaluation, Research, Training, Financial Coaching, Career Pathways, Career Readiness, Financial Capability

EIN

80-0919097

 Number

3483272154

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (P02)

Financial Counseling, Money Management (P51)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Career Readiness

Coaching College

Financial Capability Integration Program

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For agencies who serve families, we deliver pragmatic innovations in order to stop intergenerational poverty.

We use our experience and expertise to frame compelling design challenges. Through a combination of research, ideation, exploration, testing and iteration, we generate pragmatic, relevant solutions. We breathe life into those solutions by packaging them up for our partners and scaling them to ever-larger populations.

Our commitment to design-thinking and other design practices was the reason we partnered with Navicet, a leader in design management, to create an innovation lab. Lantern Innovation Labs is a different kind of social design studio, where we apply a highly-refined creative process to solve the most urgent challenges we face in building community prosperity.

At The Prosperity Agenda, we use our experience and expertise to frame compelling design challenges for Lantern Innovation Labs. Through a combination of research, ideation, exploration, testing and iteration, Lantern Innovation Labs generates pragmatic, relevant solutions and passes them back to The Prosperity Agenda. We breathe life into those solutions by packaging them up for our partners and scaling them to ever-larger populations.

The Savings Initiative Project is a two-generation savings project that engages parents receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and their children in building savings behaviors and increasing financial capability. With our design professionals, program development staff, and partners, we seek to answer the question, “How might we improve the financial resilience of parents in the Community Jobs program?" The Savings Initiative Project involves using a rigorous design-process focused on capturing the needs of parents in order to increase savings behavior and financial resilience. This process could lead toward greater use of traditional and nontraditional financial products, non-monetary savings incentives, debt reduction, and income generation strategies.

The Financial Capability Integration Project blends financial capability services with employment and career training programs in South King County, Washington, which has higher poverty and unemployment in the county and state, as a whole. With generous funding from J.P. Morgan Chase, The Prosperity Agenda is joining with two nonprofits, Seattle Goodwill and ANEW, to design, test, and rapidly assess the solution through the Lantern Innovation Labs. With our design professionals, program development staff, and workforce site partners, we seek to answer the question, “How might we improve the financial wellness of graduates in career development programs?" Launched in August 2016, this desiggn process involves defining and refining the problem statement, generating ideas, and testing and refining a few select strategies. Leading with design provides our project partners with an effective way to design and quickly test strategies, while continuing to modify and enhance the solution to achieve optimal participant outcomes and create new standards for best practice. This iterative learning process also allows partners to build upon and adapt their existing service systems to achieve greater, more impactful results.

The Career Readiness Project (CRP) is piloting two approaches with parents who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits (1) Career & Life Coaching and (2) Best U or soft skills work-based learning experience, in order to help them gain family-sustaining careers. The Career Readiness Project embeds a dedicated framework within the TANF system to address the long-term career potential of low-income parents. The pilots were developed by uniting agencies and service providers in a sustainable, comprehensive effort to modify the way TANF parents receive services.

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Financials

WASHINGTON INSTITUTE FOR FINANCIAL SECURITY

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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