Investing in People, Strengthening Communities

About Us


Through its Matched Savings, EmergencySavingsPlus, Cash Transfer, Credit Building, Financial Education, EITC Awareness, and Financial Coaching programs, and research and advocacy, Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) is working to ensure that all low- and moderate-income Black and Brown families in the Washington, DC metropolitan region have access to education, resources and tools so that all have an opportunity to achieve financial stability and long-term asset building and prosperity.


Mission Statement

Investing in people, strengthening communities

The mission of the Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) is to create opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals in the greater DC region to build financial security, savings, and wealth for the future.


We are proud to serve low- and moderate-income individuals and families in the District of Columbia, Prince George's County, Maryland, Montgomery County, Maryland, Arlington County, Virginia, City of Alexandria, Virginia and Fairfax County, Virginia.


CAAB puts people on the road to financial independence. Our programs help low- and moderate-income individuals and families improve their money management skills, increase their savings, and build wealth by investing wisely. Our goal is to create a community that provides everyone with incentives and opportunities to save for the future. CAAB was founded in 1996 by several non-profit organizations that shared a common goal to support the development of Individual Development Account (IDA) programs in Washington, DC.

Since then, we have significantly expanded our programming to connect low- and moderate-income residents of the Greater DC area with financial education, financial coaching and credit coaching that help them to increase and enhance their financial capability and security.

Who We Are

Since 1996, over 2000 CAAB Savers have invested in their dreams: 44% of them have purchased their first homes, 40% have pursued education or job training and 16% of them have invested in small businesses. They saved over $1,100,00 and earned over $3,500,00 in matching funds, for a total asset investment of $4,600,000.


How to give

Now, more than ever, non-profits like Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) need your help. Please support CAAB as we continue to help DC residents manage and/or improve their financial situation during these difficult times. If you can't afford to give a monetary gift, please visit our Amazon Wish List where you can choose from a variety of items that CAAB needs in order to better serve our community.

or send a check or money order to
Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB)
c/o Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz, CEO & Executive Director
1100 15th St, NW, 4th Floor 
Washington, DC 20005