Bank On National Account Standards

The Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) announced today the launch of new Bank On National Account Standards (2015-2016), designed to support local Bank On coalition efforts and expand access to safe and appropriate financial products and services to the over 65 million people outside of the mainstream financial system who rely on alternative, costly financial services. For more information, please visit

Lt.Governor Gavin Newsom presents $150,000 to Kindergarten to College

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom presented a grant of over $150,000 raised from the San Francisco community, a unique online giving campaign by the 1:1 Fund and Newsom who personally contributed to support college savings matches for the Kindergarten to College program on May 22nd at Hillcrest Elementary. Read the full press release.

2013 Evaluation of Payday Plus SF

In collaboration with Stanford University, we have released the 2013 Evaluation of Payday Plus SF. Read the full report here.

Treasurer José Cisneros, Public Official of the Year

Treasurer José Cisneros was honored with Governing’s 2013 Public Official of the Year award for his outstanding work as the city’s banker, in addition to his leadership in transforming our office into a “laboratory for creative ideas to help families break the cycle of poverty”. Read more here.

Financial Planning Day 2013

On October 19, 2013 we hosted our fourth annual Financial Planning Day with over 300 participants and volunteers. For the first time this year we offered free and notarized estate plans to 40 participants, drawing over 100 to the estate plan workshop. View photos from the day here.

U.S. Secretary of Education Visits Kindergarten to College

On June 21st, U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, visited San Francisco to learn more about the Kindergarten to College program. View a video recording of the discussion here.