March 2016

You are important to me, so I wanted to let you know about some exciting news.  I have decided to go back overseas this upcoming fall to continue my work in international development.  As a result, I will finish up my time at Innovative Changes this summer.  Innovative Changes is very near and dear to me, and the work is incredibly important.   I feel that the organization is at the right place in time to handle this transition with grace and wisdom.

Our board of directors have established an Executive Director search committee and hired an expert consultant to advise them. We've laid out the timeline so that we will have ample transition time for the new Executive Director.  Our board and staff are very engaged in this process, and I am sure we will find a wonderful new leader.  The job announcement is below, so please share it widely and let us know if you have specific people in mind.  

I've so appreciated your interest in our work, and I am sure you will continue to be an important supporter for Innovative Changes. Together, we can build a more just and fair financial eco system for all people.

Thank you for all you do!


Nancy Yuill
Innovative Changes Seeks Executive Director

Innovative Changes is seeking a visionary, passionate and collaborative Executive Director to guide our already successful organization in extending our reach and deepening our impact. With a passion for financial empowerment, our next Executive Director will champion equity and inclusion, leading the organization with a commitment to engaging those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from mainstream financial systems. Our search committee wants to develop a diverse pool of candidates, including people who may not picture themselves in this position. We are open to having conversations with applicants to help them feel well informed before they apply. With a solid board of directors and excellent staff, this is a great opportunity for an up and coming leader. The  full announcement is here, and the job description can be found on our website, 

Thank you for helping to spread the word.
Take a Chance on Me!

We are collecting stories about a time when someone took a chance on you. How did it impact your life? We will be displaying these stories at our fundraiser in June. You can decide if you would like your name displayed or not with the story. 

Partner Spotlight: Rob of CASH Oregon!

What is your role at CASH Oregon and what drew you to this work?
I am the Executive Director at CASH. I'm good at helping small non-profits get established in different areas. On the mission side, I am a strong believer in the empowerment of low income people and tax credits, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) because it puts money into people's pocket and no one tells them how to spend the credits.

What are some of the most common financial problems faced by those you work with?
Not having enough money. We live in a capitalist society which is based on winners and losers. It's competitive. The nature of capitalism is that people don't make enough money. 

Read more about Rob here!
160 Families will earn $130 for doing three short surveys
Innovative Changes and CASH Oregon are doing a Family Economic Opportunity Research project at tax time. We are enrolling 160 families in a research assignment on the impact the earned income tax credit has on our families' economic opportunities. Each family will fill in three short surveys over the course of 90 days. They will be paid $40 for turning in survey #1, $40 for survey #2 and $50 for survey #3. The surveys and all related communications will be done in English and Spanish.
To qualify a family needs to qualify and file for the Earned Income Tax Credit. 
Please encourage your families who qualify to come to the CASH Oregon / AARP Tax Aide site at Lloyd Center to get their taxes done as early as they can.  We only have 45 slots left! Please contact us if you have any questions.
Get Your Taxes Done!
CASH Oregon Tax sites open now!
The Lloyd Center tax site located in room 2027 will be open Saturday through Wednesday 9AM-4PM, Thursday 1PM-8PM, & Friday they are CLOSED. Our last day will be Monday April 18th. We will be closed Easter  Sunday March 27.
Upcoming Workshops & Orientations
The next Financial Household Resiliency workshops will be:
- Tuesday evenings, 5:30-7:30 pm

March 8th: Making Ends Meet
March 15th: Budgeting and Savings
March 22nd: Hands on Banking
March 29th: Building, Repairing and Protecting Credit. 
April 5th: Making End Meet

This workshop series will be held at our NEW office in 2027 Lloyd Center Mall. You can register for the classes here.
Our next Credit Builder Orientations will be:

Friday, March 11th, 1-2 pm
EN ESPAŅOL, martes, 15 de marzo, 5:30-6:30 pm
Tuesday, March 22nd, 5:30-6:30 pm
Tuesday, April 5th, 5:30-6:30 pm
Tuesday, April 12th, 5:30-6:30 pm

 All take place at our office, 2027 Lloyd Center.  Register here.
Quick Stats:
As of 3/8/2016
Total disbursed:
Financial Education Clients: 3,577
IDA Savers: 114
IDA Graduates:
IDA Wait List:
IDA Interest: 
About Us
Our inter-related programs of responsible lending, credit building, financial education and savings acceleration build people's financial capabilities and put them on the path to long term financial health.  Join us in our work!

You Can Help!

You care about helping people achieve and maintain household stability. Now you can join our efforts at Innovative Changes as we expand our reach to serve more clients. Your generous donation will be put to good use!


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