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NE Jump$tart Coalition - November 2015


WHAT WE DO

The Nebraska Financial Education Coalition is a group of more than 150 interested businesses, individuals, financial institutions, and government and non-profit agencies who believe that basic personal financial literacy is an essential skill. The coalition’s mission is to strive to improve the personal financial knowledge and decision-making ability of Nebraska citizens by promoting public awareness of the need for personal financial education, and by facilitating networking and partnerships for financial education service providers.

Our long-term goal: for all Nebraska citizens – no matter the age, background or circumstance – to achieve long-term personal financial health.

The Nebraska Financial Education Coalition started out as a small group meeting in 2005 to talk about the importance of financial education in Nebraska. Participants noted stakeholders weren’t aware of other activities in the state, which led to discussions to better understand the state of financial education in Nebraska. Through those discussions, participants felt it important to develop a statewide coalition that could:
  • Help businesses and organizations partner to utilize limited resources;
  • Raise the level of awareness of personal financial literacy in the state; and
  • Identify potential gaps and underserved areas in the state.
In May 2007, the coalition incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state of Nebraska and elected a board of directors. The coalition is an affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Nebraska Financial Education Coalition is made up of partner organizations who serve a wide variety of individuals in Nebraska – from youth to senior citizens. The coalition doesn’t take the place of the education programs done by many great organizations in Nebraska. Rather, we help those organizations connect to share best practices and maximize their resources. By working together, we help raise the collective importance of financial education as a critical issue for Nebraskans. The coalition meets quarterly; there is no cost to be a coalition partner.

WHAT WE NEED

We need organizations and concerned individuals to become involved with the coalition. That’s right: Just join the coalition!  If you or your organization is actively engaged in promoting personal financial literacy among youth, we invite you to become a partner. 
Benefits include:
  • Networking opportunities at partner quarterly meetings and events;
  • Insight into problems and solutions in financial literacy; and
  • Participation in Money Smart Week Activities in both November and April.
INITIATIVES 

Beyond the quarterly informational and networking meetings, the coalition’s main initiatives are Money Smart Week activities in April and November each year. 
 
The second week of November is focused on K-12 Money Smart Week activities and general public awareness, which reaches more than 50,000 Nebraskans.
 
In April during National Financial Literacy month we coordinate another Money Smart Week dedicated to the broader general public including an annual proclamation from the governor. We reach thousands of Nebraskans with our important message of financial literacy during the event.
 
For additional information please visit our websites:
 
www.moneysmartnebraska.org and
www.nebraskafinancialeducation.org

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Jennifer Davidson
President, Nebraska Council on Economic Education
Assistant Professor of Practice in Economics
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
402.472.2333
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