We pride ourselves on being a learning organization.
These resources have helped us deepen our knowledge and understanding of the issues we seek to address and how they impact the families we serve. They cover topics including asset poverty, the racial and gender wealth gaps, and the field of financial coaching.
This journal is a collection of expert perspectives on the financial counseling and coaching field, including an essay on cultural proficiency in coaching that has been an important resource for our staff.
This paper explores many of the popular explanations for the racial wealth gap, in order to dispel the misconception that individual choices - and not structural and systemic issues - are the driving force behind this persistent, and growing, gap.
Our current focus on HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program was informed by the perspective of experts like Jeffrey Lubell and Reid Cramer, who laid out the FSS program's potential in this 2011 paper.
A favorite among Compass' staff, this book examines how a scarcity mind-set impacts people's decision-making abilities and approach to the future, in ways that have informed how we think about our work with clients.
This groundbreaking book, published in 1991, has served as the founding document of the asset-building field. It's still an important primer on the importance of talking about wealth, and not just income, when looking at poverty.