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How to improve your finances during Financial Literacy Month

April is Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month has been recognized in United States in April since 2003. Its purpose is to advance financial literacy through promoting and supporting effectiveness in financial education.

Dozens of organizations offer activities during Financial Literacy Month to call attention to the need for financial literacy and the work they are doing on it.

The Jump$tart Coalition is the original promoter of April as Financial Literacy Month. It’s a coalition of more than 100 organizations from business, finance, academia, education, and government, as well as a network of 51 state organizations, which share a commitment to “financial smarts for students.”

Here are organizations that provide basic financial literacy, according to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency:

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy helps people understand their personal finances through every stage of life.

The Alliance for Investor Education is a non-profit organization of 18 associations, government agencies, and self-regulatory bodies that are leaders in investor education/financial literacy.

BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust is the educational foundation of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Its goal is to connect targeted consumer populations to BBB services, promote consumer awareness and financial literacy, and advance business ethics in the marketplace.

Building Native Communities Financial Curriculum provides financial education, entrepreneurship, homebuyer education, and credit counseling programs to native communities.

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. offers a Financial Planning Resource Kit to help people learn about financial planning.

Choose to Save is sponsored by the Employee Benefit Research Institute and the American Savings Education Council. It encourages savings through all stages of life.

Consumer Federation of America and American Savings Education Council America Saves Campaign consists of locally based campaigns to publicize the value of building savings and reducing debt to Americans who haven’t saved adequately.

Cultivating Community-based Financial Literacy Initiatives by OCC’s Community Developments Investments highlights roles that banks can play in promoting financial stability through local partnership efforts.

The Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension System provides leadership to state, regional, and county-level educators who deliver basic consumer education; teaches personal financial management skills to youth, limited-resource families, and young families; and promotes comprehensive financial planning throughout the life cycle.

The Financial Education Evaluation Toolkit, offered by the National Endowment for Financial Education, is an online resource that shows how to apply evaluation techniques to programs to document learner impact.

Financial Capability is a fact sheet offered by OCC’s Community Development.

Financial Workshop Kits offered by NEFE provide scripts and teaching plans containing handouts, PowerPoint presentations, and related resources for a variety of personal finance-related topics. The website prepares people to educate adult learners in a variety of group settings.

Money Smart, sponsored by the FDIC, is a financial education curriculum designed to help individuals outside the financial mainstream enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships.

The National Endowment for Financial Education is a foundation dedicated to helping all Americans acquire the information and gain the skills necessary to take control of their personal finances. NEFE accomplishes its mission by partnering with other organizations to provide financial education to the public, and particularly to underserved individuals whose financial education needs aren’t being addressed by others. NEFE also has launched a National Financial Literacy Campaign that encourages Americans to start achieving their financial goals by accessing practical information on the Get Smart About Money website.

Native Financial Education Coalition is a group of local, regional, and national organizations and government agencies that have joined together to promote financial education in native communities.

Navigating the Market: A Comparison of Spending on Financial Education and Financial Marketing is a study commissioned by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The survey results give an overall indication of the relative amounts spent in the United States on financial education and on the marketing of certain types of financial products.

The NeighborWorks Financial Capability Program helps individuals and families develop sound personal financial management skills.

OCC’s Financial Literacy Outreach Community Affairs staff participate in financial literacy events around the country.

The Society for Financial Education and Professional Development Inc. develops and presents financial literacy and professional development training for individuals and organizations.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor.gov Alerts and Bulletins provide news alerts and bulletins for individual investors. 

Visa’s Financial Football, an NFL-themed educational video game, uses the NFL’s structure and rules to teach money skills and to improve financial literacy. Children and adults answer questions of varying difficulty about money management. The updated game is available in English and Spanish and can be played online or ordered at no cost.

See the website BusyKid for activities you and your family can do together for Financial Literacy Month and the website of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for tips to help you get your finances organized.

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