National Financial Literacy Month  
 
National Financial Literacy Month

National Financial Literacy Month is recognized in the month of April in the United States in an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach Americans to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.

In 2000, the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy began promoting April as Financial Literacy for Youth Month.  In 2003, the United States Senate designated April as Financial Literacy for Youth Month.  In March 204, the Senate passed Resolution 316 that officially recognized April as National Financial Literacy Month, for all ages. 

President Barack Obama declared April 2014 to be National Financial Capability Month. Governor’s Mike Beebe, Mary Fallin and Rick Perry proclaimed April 2014 to be Financial Literacy Month in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Many credit unions, partner organizations, and school systems promote the month by holding promotional events and offering additional educational opportunities.

Free Financial Education Webinars

The Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation, in partnership with the CCCS of Greater Dallas, will continue presenting monthly live and free webinars covering a wide array of topics as well as an additional 50 webinars during the month of April to celebrate Financial Literacy Month. Webinars are open to credit unions, community partners, educators, etc. As part of the partnership, CCCS will also customize a webinar for your credit union, including your logo on all slides, you choosing the topic, and making it exclusive to your members.  Please visit www.cccs.net/webinars to view the webinar schedule. 

“Financial Fitness Day”

Financial Fitness DayThe Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation, in partnership with the National Credit Union Foundation, presents "Financial Fitness Day," a fundraising and awareness campaign taking place April 2, 2014. Americans spend months getting their physical health into shape as part of their New Year's resolutions. Kicking off National Financial Literacy Month, Financial Fitness Day is dedicated to helping members get their financial health in shape.

It's easy to participate. Just hold one (or more) of the following at your credit union organization on Financial Fitness Day, April 2:

  • Jeans or Casual Day for staff
     
  • Bake Sale for staff and/or members
     
  • Deduct or Donate a Buck - Ask staff and/or members to consider a voluntary contribution of $1 or more, either in cash as they complete their transaction and/or deducting from their checking or saving account as often as they choose.

Please feel free to celebrate any day in April if this specific day does not work for your credit union's schedule!

By participating, you'll be raising funds for the Cornerstone CU Foundation and National CU Foundation in support of their critical financial education initiatives, as well as raising awareness of credit unions' financial education activities and the importance of financial education.

 For more information and a variety of downloadable resources to get involved, visit www.financialfitnessday.com.

Financial Fitness DFW (April 5 – 12)

Financial Fitness DFW (FFDFW) is a week-long financial literacy and annual public awareness campaign pioneered by the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, United Way of Tarrant County and community and banking partners in the North Texas area each April.

Please visit www.ffdfw.org to view events and learn more about becoming a FFGD Partner.

Financial Fitness Greater Austin Week (April 21-28)

Financial Fitness Greater Austin (FFGA) is a financial education and awareness initiative in partnership with the Alliance for Economic Inclusion and more than 60 entities in the Greater Austin area. The goal of FFGA is to provide financial awareness and information to the Greater Austin community and emphasize the importance of financial literacy and the need for consumers to be proactive about managing their finances.

Please visit www.financialfitnessaustin.org for more details.

Money Smart Week (April 5 – 12)
El Paso; Houston; Oklahoma; Arkansas

Money Smart Week (MSW) is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.  This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of organizations across the city and county including businesses, financial institutions, schools, not-for-profits, libraries, government agencies and the media.  These groups come together once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers where they can get help, and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout MSW.  Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning.

Please visit the following links for more details:
www.moneysmartweekep.org
www.houstonmoneyweek.org
www.moneysmartweek.org

National Credit Union Youth Week (April 20 – 26)

Credit unions celebrate youth in April. Join in the celebration all month, or just during National Credit Union Youth Week™, by encouraging kids to set up savings accounts and learn how to manage money.

This year’s theme, Catch the $ave Wave™, harnesses the excitement for beaches, sand and surfing to show your younger members they can benefit from visiting — and saving at — their credit union.

By focusing on potential younger members, you can lower the age demographic of your credit union, while increasing the loyalty of their parents.

For more information, visit www.cuna.org/youthweek.