03/27/2015 - National Endowment for Financial Education


The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) is the leading private nonprofit 501(c)(3) national foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life. With more than a quarter century of dedication to the public good, NEFE continues its legacy of service with commitment to providing financial education and practical information to people at all financial levels, including:

  • Youth and adult financial education resources
  • Training tools from the classroom to the workplace
  • Research and consumer surveys


  • NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP)
    The High School Financial Planning Program is a free turnkey financial education program focused on basic personal finance skills relevant to the lives of preteens, teens and young adults.
    The program includes topical student guides, 45-minute teacher lesson plans, and a growing collection of online resources, and learning activities, organized by six program module topics:
    • Money Management: Control Your Cash Flow
    • Borrowing: Use – Don’t Abuse
    • Earning Power: More Than a Paycheck
    • Investing: Money Working for You
    • Financial Services: Care for Your Cash
    • Insurance: Protect What You Have
  • Smart About Money®
    Smart About Money is a free online resource that helps adult learners understand how to save, grow, and protect their money. The site includes accurate and unbiased information in the form of articles, calculators, quizzes, worksheets, tips, and a community forum. Smart About Money is frequently updated to cover timely topics relevant to the lives of American adults.Topics addressed in Smart About Money include:
    • Daily Decisions
    • Crises and Emergencies
    • Debt Management
    • Life Transitions
    • Work and Money

NEFE is committed to making its free financial resources available to those seeking financial capability tools and information as they build money management skills and navigate life’s challenges. The primary goals are to extend its offerings to the largest audience possible, and to encourage a culture of evaluation to build on and share what works in the financial education field. To further the second goal, NEFE Financial Education Evaluation Toolkit® enables instructors to build customized assessments to test their students’ knowledge of financial capability concepts discussed in classroom and workshop settings.

Rank your Financial Priorities and See How they Compare with what Financial Planners Say
It’s that time of year again to fill out your brackets and hope you guessed the most correctly. NEFE joined in the fun and partnered with the Financial Planning Association to bring a bracket of its own to the table. Financial planners were asked to rank the top financial priorities of the year. Fill out your own bracket at www.FinancialFour.org and see how your answers compare to the experts.

NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP)
Your Spending, Your Savings, Your Future

Susan Sharkey
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