Posts by Leigh Phillips

Save Up, Speak Up

Uniting financial well-being with collective action This week, SaverLife goes national. More than 80,000 working Americans have joined our online community in the past year and this month all of them become SaverLife members. By the end of 2017, SaverLife will be providing digital financial coaching content, access to resources, and small-dollar cash incentives for…

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“We don’t just sit here and cry”

400 words on resilience and becoming a follower leader. The majority – 71 percent – of EARN’s Savers saved nothing in the six months prior to joining EARN’s online savings community. And 50% report expenses exceeding income in a typical month. These numbers represent the starting line for our Savers’ journeys. By joining EARN, these…

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SaverLife set a goal and we blew right through it

San Francisco set a community goal to enroll 1,000 members in EARN’s SaverLife initiative by September – we hit our target in just three weeks. SaverLife is working. People are saving. For a much-needed car repair. For a headstone for the grave of a loved one. For a ticket to send a child to senior…

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The “Never Broke Account”

A much-needed car repair. A headstone for the grave of a loved one. A ticket to send a child to senior prom. Getting a driver’s license back. To never be hungry or homeless again. These simple and deeply personal financial goals, set by real EARN Savers who are gaining a foothold on financial stability by…

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What We’ve Been Up To In Q1

It’s been a busy and exciting Q1 here at EARN! Take a look at what we have been up to in our two-page investor report. Click here for the full Report. Leigh PhillipsLeigh is the president and CEO of EARN.https://www.earn.org/staff-bio-leigh-phillips/

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“What I want is more stability”

Can flexible savings help more American’s survive income volatility? EARN’s Savings by Design Lab plans to find out.   Since I became CEO of EARN, people often ask me what keeps me up at night. Like most of us brave enough to do this job, the short and immediate answer is cash flow. If you…

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Red States, Blue States: Fragile Financial State

    I must have heard the phrase “our work is now more important than ever” at least 100 times about 100 different issues since election day. But for the 18,000 low-income Americans across all fifty states who have joined EARN since October 1st, improving the financial health and stability of their families was always…

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This post is not about Donald Trump

On November 8th, I drafted an email to share our terrific news – over 3,000 Americans had enrolled as members of EARN’s brand new savings platform since launching in October. I could hardly wait to tell you that from these 3,000 new enrollees, 672 Savers across 34 states started making deposits – 88% of whom…

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The Big Shift: Make America Save Again

A note from EARN’s CEO We launched our new and improved Starter Savings Program last week at a Washington DC event, sponsored by our friends at Intuit. It was packed with EARN partners, supporters, and friends who recognized the product as a “revolution” for the asset-building field. For me, it also marked the end of an intense…

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Two Weddings and a Knee Surgery: Savings, Health, and Happiness

A note from EARN’s CEO: Three months ago I dislocated my knee cap dancing at a friend’s wedding in Puerto Rico. The fallout from my simple misstep on the dance floor was significant: an ambulance ride, the emergency room, an MRI, knee surgery, several weeks of missed work, and months of physical therapy appointments. My…

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