Making Communities Welcoming: New Faces in Rural Places

We want our families and communities to thrive, and, in order for rural places to succeed, rural communities need to be places that families want to live. One good sign that rural communities continue to be attractive places to live is that many new families are settling down in rural counties, according to recently released […]

RuFES Resolution: Save Strong All Year Long!

The new year is now well underway, but families and communities everywhere are still setting goals for what they hope to accomplish in 2013. We here at RuFES have set the bar high once again, as we continue to work toward all 28 of our family-focused goals to help hard-working rural families get ahead in […]

RuFES Linking to Design Thinking

People live in places. That’s why the Rural Family Economic Success (RuFES) framework uses a place-focused approach to helping families Earn it, Keep it, and Grow it. RuFES starts by learning about the hardworking families in a rural community who are struggling to get ahead. RuFES then examines the barriers that stymie these families’ progress […]

Connecting Youth to Future Economic Success

Percent of Disconnected Youth by County Type, 2006-2010

On December 1, 2012, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report drawing attention to the 6.5 million “disconnected youth” in America — young people ages 16 to 24 who are both unemployed and not in school. This population of young people is a serious concern in communities across the country. Youth who lack job skills and early work […]

The IDA Match: The Gift that Keeps on Giving in Rural Communities

The holiday season comes with the annual barrage of messages about the great deals and ways to save on gifts. Fortunately, there are more ways to save than just shopping for bargains! In rural communities, Individual Development Accounts are like a gift that keeps on giving. These matched savings accounts provide both a 2-for-1 (at […]

A Final Harvest of Tax-Prep Tips this Thanksgiving Season!

What?! More talk of taxes?! Yes! It’s hard to overstate the important role the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) play in rural communities. Each year, thousands and thousands of rural families across the U.S. – and their communities – are thankful for the valuable boost these refundable tax credits provide […]

Ready… Set… Tax Prep!

Preparing a First-Rate Rural EITC Campaign: A Two-Part Webinar Thursday, November 8, 2012 This RuFES ReFresher webinar has concluded. Please check back soon for copies of the presentations, a list of resources, and videos from the sessions. Is it that time already?! Yes, it’s almost tax season, and communities and organizations are racing to prepare […]

RuFES Action Alert 08.14.12

RuFES Success Story: Working Bridges Many people think that a job equals economic security. But more and more of us recognize that this is often not the case. In fact, about one in five people in working families are economically insecure. Moreover, according to a recent report, less than one quarter of the U.S. workforce […]

RuFES Action Alert 07.12.12

Register for the 2012 Assets Learning Conference—And Get Special RuFES Registration Discount! Attend the 2012 Assets Learning Conference: Learn, Network, Share It’s that time again… Assets Learning time! Every two years, CFED hosts an Assets Learning Conference (ALC), which is THE EVENT to be at if you care about advancing family economic success!  It brings […]

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