Center for Public Policy Priorities
OpportunityTexas
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OUR PURPOSE

OpportunityTexas is a joint statewide initiative of the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) and RAISE Texas that makes innovative grants and conducts work to integrate financial and asset building activities into statewide platforms, including education, the workplace and social services.  Our goal is to support and scale innovative products, programs and policies that support Texan’s financial success.  The following are OpportunityTexas’ past and present areas of work:


  • Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs):  We are working to expand college savings accounts in Texas in partnership with public schools by connecting CSA programs to Texas’ financial education curriculum.

  • Employer-Based Asset Building: We are advancing the workplace as a platform to expand employer-based asset building programs including retirement savings programs.

  • Tax-Time Savings (past): From 2011-2015 we developed and funded the OpportunityTexas Tax-Time Savings Project, which helped Texas VITA filers increase household savings and reduce asset poverty by encouraging them to save a portion of their tax refund in either a savings bond or a matched savings account. While complete, this project enabled OpportunityTexas to learn what works and doesn’t work in getting VITA sites to promote savings at tax time and has led local VITA sites to integrate tax-time savings into their VITA work.



RESOURCES

Children's Savings Accounts
Assessing Financial Capability Outcomes
research brief and implementation brief

Savings

View our new OpportunityTexas brochure (PDF)

About CPPP

Center for Public Policy Priorities is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families. OpportunityTexas is coordinated by CPPP’s Economic Opportunity program.

About RAISE Texas
RAISE Texas works to promote policies and programs that promote financial success and economic stability for all Texans.

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Laura Rosen, OpportunityTexas Coordinator
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