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About the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy

The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. As a coalition, we unite organizations committed to advancing financial literacy among pre-school through college-age youth. 

In the photo, teachers at the National Educator Conference gather free resources from Jump$tart Coalition partners to use in their classrooms. 

Today, the Jump$tart Coalition includes about 150 national partner organizations from the business, financial, nonprofit, association, academic, government and other sectors. The coalition also consists of a network of 51 affiliated state coalitions and their local partners. 

Mission and Vision

  • Mission: Jump$tart is a coalition of diverse financial education stakeholders. These organizations work together to educate and prepare our nation's youth for life-long financial success.
  • Vision: We envision a nation of financially capable youth.

History and Key Initiatives

For more information, see Jump$tart's history or our key initiatives:

  • The National Standards delineate the personal finance knowledge and ability that young people should acquire throughout their kindergarten through 12th grade school years.
  • Financial Literacy Month (April) is a month-long campaign to raise public awareness about the importance of financial literacy. 
  • Hill Day is an opportunity for the financial literacy community raise awareness on Capitol Hill. 
  • Annual Awards Dinner brings together the financial literacy community to honor accomplishments in the field.
  • Jump$tart Clearinghouse is the premier online library of financial education resources.
  • National Educator Conference educates and inspires classroom teachers who teach personal finance or incorporate money lessons. 

Jump$tart Leadership

Over two decades, the Jump$tart Coalition has evolved into a well-respected national voice in, and resource for, the financial literacy effort—remaining steadfastly committed to its original mission of “financial smarts for students.

Laura Levine took over as executive director in 2004 and was subsequently named president and chief executive officer. Also, helping Jump$tart lead the way is its dedicated National Board and team of staff and consultants.