Acknowledgements

CFED thanks the many people whose support, guidance, advice, knowledge and patience were invaluable to this project.

Our gratitude goes to the great many expert researchers and practitioners who helped us identify the best data and/or shared their topical knowledge on the Policy Briefs: David Baer, Birny Birnbaum, David Black, Matt Broaddus, Mary Brooks, Carolyn Carter, Stacy Dean, Allison de la Torre, Dale Epstein, Keith Ernst, Jean Ann Fox, Isabel Friedenzohn, Evan Fuguet, Jason Hustedt, Sandi Jacobs, Rose Jaspersen, Nick Johnson, Kara Kaufman, Tracy Kaufman, Uriah King, Joyce Klein, John Logue, Catherine Marshall, Enrique Martinez-Vidal, Michael Mazerov, James McQuiston, Hannah Yang Moore, Colleen Pawling, Valerie Plummer, Andrew Reamer, Matthew Reed, Garth Rieman, Christine Riordan, Brandon Roberts, Donna Cohen Ross, David Rousseau, Judith Solomon, Welthy Soni, Gregory Squires, Steffany Stern, Christina Theokas, Jack VanDerhei, Albert Wat, Sara Weed, Erica Williams, Victoria Williams, Beadsie Woo, Dr. Charles Wu, Jacquelyn Yates and Erol Yildirim. Special thanks to Jon Haveman and Michael Futch from Beacon Economics.

Our appreciation goes to our state partner organizations across the country who helped refine our thinking on state policies: Action for Children North Carolina, Capital Area Asset Builders, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Community Action New Mexico, Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, Connecticut Voices for Children, EARN/APIC, Florida Asset Building Coalition, Florida Prosperity Partnership, Hawai'i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development, Heartland Alliance, IDA and Asset-Building Collaborative of North Carolina, ISED Ventures, Kansas Action for Children, MDC, The Midas Collaborative, Minnesota Legal Services Advocacy Project, RAISE Kentucky, RAISE Texas, Neighborhood Partnerships, North Dakota Economic Security Alliance, Oklahoma Policy Institute, Oweesta Corporation, Policy Matters Ohio, Rural Dynamics Inc., Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Southern Good Faith Fund, United Vision for Idaho, Washington Asset Building Coalition and YWCA Delaware.

This project was made possible through the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Levi Strauss Foundation, the Seattle Foundation-STEP, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Northwest Area Foundation, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

A tremendous amount of CFED staff time and talent was devoted to the creation of the Scorecard. We are deeply appreciative of the contributions of the Scorecard team of Jennifer Brooks, Chris Campbell, LeElaine Comer, Justina Cross, Laura Ewald, Kristin Lawton, Genevieve Melford, Amr Moubarak, Ida Rademacher, Alex Siegel, Leigh Tivol, Jerome Uher, Aaron Watts and Kasey Wiedrich as well as many other members of the CFED staff without whose contributions the Scorecard would not be possible. The support and leadership of CFED President Andrea Levere proved invaluable, and the vision and insight of CFED Founder and Board President Robert Friedman were both inspiring and practical.