Briefs

Prize-linked Savings: Scaling Savings on Prepaid Cards

With unbanked households experiencing the highest growth rate in prepaid card use, innovation in the prepaid industry has real potential to help financially vulnerable Americans. D2D is collaborating with prepaid card providers to build scalable, creative solutions to engage low- to moderate-income …

Staples and Farm Blitz: The First Ever Financial Wellness at Work Video Game

Financial wellness at work programs are gaining popularity amid growing evidence that financial stress is a significant distraction in the workplace. Recognizing that such programs are most effective when they are offered through a medium with which employees feel comfortable, D2D developed the firs…

SaveYourRefund 2014: Saver Stories

Read the stories of tax filers who saved part of their refund during the Save Your Refund 2014 campaign.

Capital One Student Banking Program: Pilot Testing of Financial Entertainment

D2D has released a report with the results of a pilot studying the role of Financial Entertainment in the classroom. Over 100 students and teachers participated in the pilot, generously supported by Capital One. Students competed in class-wide tournaments then engaged in teacher-led debrief sessions…

SummerQuest: A Gamification Pilot in Birmingham

SummerQuest is a four-week summer gamified experience that challenges high school students during the early part of their summer break to complete educational quests in one of three objective areas: college readiness, test preparation (SAT/ACT), and financial literacy. In partnership with BlackSmith…

Emergency Savings Products and Alternatives

In December 2013, Doorways to Dreams (D2D) Fund hosted a Ford Foundation Grantee Convening focused on Emergency Savings Products and Alternatives. The day provided an opportunity to delve into a discussion on emergency savings and address the need for product innovation and consumer-centric design t…

The Impact of Prep for Change on Financially Vulnerable Students

This report releases findings on how financially vulnerable students react to personal finance context standardized test questions. Through a gamified college readiness program called SummerQuest, D2D demonstrated that financially vulnerable students could markedly benefit from the inclusion of thes…

Save to Win: Michigan 2012

This paper reports on the performance of the Michigan Save to Win (STW) product in its fourth year, highlighting findings that demonstrate that STW continues to impact members and offer opportunities for improved financial security.

Gamifying College Readiness and Financial Literacy

D2D Fund partnered with BlackSmith LLC andRegions Bank to launch SummerQuest: Birmingham, a college readiness and financial literacy program aimed at high school students throughout the city of Birmingham, AL in the Summer 2012. With this program, Financial Entertainment expanded on its library of o…

Emergency Gift Cards: Commoditizing Savings with Prepaid Cards

D2D Fund has designed an emergency gift card to test a new way of reaching consumers with a short-term savings product by incorporating the following insights: a) consumers like to gift savings to their loved ones and as seen with paper savings bonds, like the tangibility of savings b) the need to m…

2011 PLS Summit Conference Paper

On November 18, 2011, over 80 individuals from an array of sectors, including financial services, public policy, government, academia, nonprofits, and start-ups, gathered in Boston, MA for the first-ever prize-linked savings (PLS) conference. Brought together by Doorways to Dreams (D2D) Fund, “…