WHAT WE DO:
The staff at InCharge helps people take charge of their finances! InCharge® Education Foundation (www.InChargeFoundation.org) is a national 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping Americans acquire the information and gain the skills necessary to become more informed financial decision-makers. The organization strives to accomplish this by providing educational products and services to the public, particularly to underserved populations whose financial education needs are not fully addressed by others.
WHAT WE OFFER:
InCharge has established a tradition of assisting military personnel and their families through its "Military Money" educational outreach program. Created in 2003 as part of the U.S. Department of Defense "Financial Readiness Campaign," "Military Money" magazine (www.MilitaryMoney.com) reaches an estimated 500,000 readers each quarter through free distribution at U.S. military installations. Additionally, "Military Money Minute" radio segments are heard around the world every weekday on American Forces Radio Network, reaching a potential audience of 800,000 military personnel each day.
InCharge also is a leader in the development of financial literacy education programs for young people. For example, it designed and developed "NEFE High School Campus," an award-winning online resource to complement the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Program. The new "Credit Booster High School" program educates teens about consumer credit and money management, and it is available free to educational, governmental and charitable not-for-profit groups.
The Foundation online Personal Finance Education program (www.PersonalFinanceEducation.com) helps pull financially distressed consumers from the crushing jaws of bankruptcy. "The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005" requires everyone filing for bankruptcy to complete a credit counseling course prior to filing and a debtor education course prior to discharge of debt. To meet these needs, InCharge launched an interactive online program approved to issue certificates evidencing completion of Bankruptcy Code requirements. The cost of this program is about half the amount charged by other agencies approved to provide these bankruptcy education services.
InCharge began offering pre-filing bankruptcy counseling in 2008, making it one of a select group of providers offering both pre-filing counseling and pre-discharge debtor education courses online. The organization completed more than 75,000 combined bankruptcy counseling and debtor education sessions during the year.
InCharge and GMAC Financial Services co-sponsored a series of "SmartEdge" financial literacy courses designed to help people make more informed financial decisions. It conducted more than 50 financial education outreach workshops during 2008 with partners such as GMAC, the U.S. Department of Defense, Habitat for Humanity and several credit unions.
Finally, InCharge was recognized as "Not-for-Profit Organization of the Year" for 2008 in an award presented by the Institute for Financial Literacy. Criteria for the award included ongoing support for the advancement of personal finance education, innovative approaches to programming, and analysis of measurable results in communities served.
WHAT WE NEED:
InCharge Education Foundation always seeks partners interested in working to empower America's citizens to achieve their life goals through the prudent and informed management of their financial resources, and to help instill the commitment to save toward the realization of their goals and their financial security.
President and Chief Executive Officer
InCharge Education Foundation, Inc.
2101 Park Center Dr., Suite 310
Orlando, FL 32835
Direct Line: 407-532-5896
Web site: www.inchargefoundation.org
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