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05/16/2014 - FINRA Investor Education Foundation

WHAT WE DO:
The FINRA Investor Education Foundation provides underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary for financial success throughout life. We envision a society characterized by universal financial literacy.

FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation of the securities industry. FINRA accomplishes its mission by writing and enforcing rules governing the activities of more than 4,100 brokerage firms with approximately 633,000 brokers, examining firms for compliance with those rules, fostering market transparency, and educating investors.

WHAT WE OFFER:
The FINRA Foundation supports research and educational projects to protect investors and improve financial capability in the United States.

Our grants build community capacity to provide reliable, readily available financial education for all who need it. FINRA Foundation grants also enable researchers to explore investor behavior and develop practical ways to avoid costly mistakes and prepare for the future. You can learn more about our funding opportunities and the projects supported by our grants at FINRAFoundation.org.

In addition to grantmaking, the FINRA Foundation operates a national initiative to help Americans understand and avoid financial fraud, as well as a global effort to enable military members to make prudent saving and investing decisions for themselves and their families. You can learn more about these targeted initiatives at SaveAndInvest.org.

All of this work is informed by the FINRA Foundation’s National Financial Capability Study. This ongoing research effort examines key indicators of financial capability and evaluates how these indicators vary with underlying demographic, behavioral, attitudinal, and financial literacy characteristics over time. Data and analysis from the study are available at USFinancialCapability.org.  

WHAT WE NEED:
We are looking to expand awareness of our grants and initiatives, as well as the reach and distribution of our tested tools and resources.

WHAT’S NEW:

  • My Green is a comprehensive, interactive social media campaign for Native American youth. First Nations Development Institute established and manages the campaign with FINRA Foundation grant funding. The campaign prepares Tribal youth to make informed investment decisions and to manage their money with long-term goals in mind.
  • State-Mandated Financial Education and Later-Life Financial Well-Being: Using data from the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Credit Panel and the National Financial Capability Study, researchers at Montana State University are investigating the effect of states’ various high school financial education requirements on students’ later-life financial condition. The research is funded by a FINRA Foundation grant. Results are due in early 2015.
  • SaveAndInvest.org is the FINRA Foundation’s website to help meet the needs of military families and investors at risk for fraud. The online Military Center features unique tools like action plans to manage monthly expenses and save for the future. And in the online Fraud Center, investors can check the background of investment professionals, learn how to protect themselves from financial scams, and order free DVDs of the FINRA Foundation's documentary, Trick$ of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud.
  • Generation Money, the FINRA Foundation’s teen financial literacy partnership with the Consumer Federation of America and Channel One, uses feature news reporting and multimedia to teach 5 million middle and high school students about important financial topics affecting their lives. The campaign recently revised and published its series of lesson plans on Money Math for Teens, addressing compound interest, opportunity costs, credit and debt, and the mathematical underpinning of sound financial decision-making.
  • Love Your Money is a website and online course designed to provide high school and college students with the tools they need to manage their money, understand the financial markets, and save and invest wisely. The program is coordinated by The University of Tennessee Extension Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, with grant funding from the FINRA Foundation.
  • The Financial Capability of Young Adults: A Generational View. This March 2014 study from the FINRA Foundation explores the financial capability of millennials relative to other generations and examines differences in financial capability among various demographic groups within the millennial generation. The study finds that in the wake of the Great Recession millennials are struggling financially—but it is millennial households with dependents that are struggling the most.


CONTACT INFORMATION:
Robert Ganem
FINRA Investor Education Foundation
1735 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006-1506
Phone: (202) 728-8362
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