National Financial Literacy Month  
National Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Tip of the Day

Do give back.
People who spend money and time on charity are healthier and happier.  They sleep more and exercise more and that puts them in a better frame of mind.  Giving back – doing something for someone else, whether you write a check, volunteer, or give away your unwanted things – gives the human psyche a boost that’s hard to replicate in any other way.  And I truly believe that practicing gratitude is also the antidote to materialism.  Think about it: Materialism is focusing on what you want, obsessing on what you desire.  Gratitude is being thankful for what you already have.

Excerpt from Jean Chatzky’s Money Rules, The Simple Path to Lifelong Security

About 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 2014, the Senate passed Resolution 316 that officially recognized April as National Financial Literacy Month, for all ages.

Governor’s Asa Hutchinson, Mary Fallin and Greg Abbott proclaimed April 2017 to be Financial Literacy Month in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Click to view the proclamations: Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma

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

“Financial Fitness Day”

Financial Fitness Day

The Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation, in partnership with the National Credit Union Foundation, presents "Financial Fitness Day," a fundraising and awareness campaign taking place April 5, 2017. 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 organization on Financial Fitness Day, April 5 (or any day during April Financial Literacy Month):

  • 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.

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 to the importance of financial education. For more information, please contact Foundation staff at 800.953.8283.

Please visit the following sites to learn more about April happenings in the Cornerstone region or to receive access to free resources for your Financial Literacy Month initiatives:

Please visit the following sites to learn more about April happenings in the Cornerstone region:

National Financial Educators Council
National Endowment for Financial Education
Financial Fitness Greater Austin
Money Management International
Money Smart Week
El Paso Money Smart Week
Houston Money Week
Arkansas Council on Economics Education
Oklahoma Council on Economics Education
Texas Council of Economics Education