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Georgia Jump$tart Coalition - June 2015

WHAT WE DO:
The Georgia Consortium for Personal Financial Literacy is a non-profit organization that works to educate Georgians of all ages about personal finance to help them better manage their money and understand the serious consequences that can result from a lack of financial understanding. These efforts to promote and advance financial literacy education and awareness are made possible through the collaboration of non-profits, corporations, financial service groups, government agencies, small businesses, consumer groups, educational agencies, colleges, universities and concerned consumers.

Our founding members—the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, Consumer Credit Counseling Service (now ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions), Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Georgia Council on Economic Education (GCEE) and Junior Achievement of Georgia—met in 1996 to discuss the need for better financial literacy in Georgia. In 1997, they organized a group of organizations and convened the first Georgia Consortium meeting for business, community, government, and educational leaders to discuss their concerns regarding financial literacy.

WHAT WE OFFER:
The Georgia Consortium for Personal Financial Literacy works to help connect and network the financial education needs in Georgia with solid financial resources that are educational and not promotional in nature. Organizations involved with the Consortium serve a wide variety of audiences and financial education needs throughout Georgia.

Six to eight times a year, the Consortium convenes breakfast or luncheon meetings on a variety of financial topics in order to keep financial service providers, volunteers, counselors and others up to date with the most recent financial education resources and changes in order to help them better serve their clients. These topics can range from Understanding Your Money Psychology, The New FICO Score, ABCs of Social Security and Medicare, Foreclosure Research, Games that Teach Financial Money Skills, to Scams That Target Teens. These meetings create an environment for participants to network with others engaged with vital financial outreach to explore possible collaborations.

Each year, the Consortium is invited to coordinate a financial literacy strand of sessions for the Georgia Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America, covering basic financial literacy issues such as Your Money Personality, Budgeting, Understanding Credit Reports and Credit Scores, Savings, Student Loans, ABCs of Car Buying and Investing. Each year this outreach reaches an average 1,100 students.

For the past two years, the Consortium has worked closely with the United Way to promote United Way’s Money Game 2 App: Real World Financial Education and Certification in the Palm of Your Hand to students, teachers and key financial education providers and volunteers throughout Georgia. In addition, we have hosted trainings of Consortium volunteers to become wealth coaches for some of the United Way’s vital outreach in the community.

WHAT WE NEED:

  • Volunteers to present to individuals of all ages on a variety of financial life skills, as well as help with the logistics of the meetings.
  • Sponsors for educational events and a potential 2016 multi-day teacher conference.
  • Funders to help with general overhead, technology and administrative expenses. The Consortium has its own dedicated part-time executive director who coordinates all of the meetings and outreach. The Consortium operates as a 501(c)(3) and welcomes your support.

WHAT’S NEW:
Focused Audience workshop: Each year we present a half-day workshop on issues that impact a specific target audience.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Nancy Schwartzmiller, Executive Director
Georgia Consortium for Personal Financial Literacy
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