As a nation, we spend about $670 million per year on financial education – banks & credit unions spend $31 million on direct program provision (hosting events, developing materials, presentations, etc.) and $129 million on sponsorships, donations, and supporting services. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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The NFEC designed, deployed and manage a campus wide campaign at Wake Technical Community College with the SunTrust Foundation as the sponsor since 2013. To meet the goal of raising financial literacy competencies among Wake Tech students, staff, and community members the NFEC developed the multimethod programming and developed the branding for the SunTrust Foundation Center for Financial Education at Wake Technical Community College.
Combining live events, financial education-based contests, an eLearning center, interactive experiences, and a personal finance mobile app, the NFEC built an authentic, dynamic learning experience while giving students access to practical financial education programming.
To date this initiative has included more than 150 live instructional events for students, parents, faculty and staff. In addition to live instruction, promotional events and contests encourage active participation while raising awareness about the program. Online and mobile learning also contribute to the educational mix. The NFEC’s proprietary eLearning platform forms the backbone of the Center’s online personal finance initiative.
The campaign’s focus on increasing the reach of the programming was achieved through a mixture of building new partnerships, campus-wide marketing, generating media coverage, building an online presence, word-of-mouth networking, and other collaborative efforts.
For Wake Tech College, the NFEC designed a comprehensive financial wellness program incorporating live events, media outreach and promotion, workshops, crash courses, and contests. This holistic effort was made possible by the sponsorship of the SunTrust Foundation.
The NFEC designed the Wake Tech campaign with the goal of raising financial competencies among the broadest possible group of students, parents, staff, and community members. The campaign had multiple components:
Center for Financial Education
At program outset, the NFEC helped Wake Tech and the SunTrust Foundation open the Center for Financial Education which serves students, faculty, and the whole community with financial education and resources.
The NFEC implements the Center’s acclaimed Financial Empowerment Workshop series which takes place over four college class periods and covers lessons in credit, debt, savings, money management, and investment basics. Multimedia videos and real-world activities are featured to engage participants while they improve their financial foundation. Two 90-minute crash courses also have been created – one to help students reduce or eliminate debt, and one aimed particularly at helping educators and staff take action toward retirement planning.
High-profile open house events showcase the NFEC’s financial education opportunities at Wake Tech, including the College Family Finance event for students accompanied by parents and the Financial Empowerment event for students who attend alone. Each April the NFEC helps Wake Tech celebrate Financial Literacy Month with free access to online financial education, a booth at the Spring Fling, and other exciting activities.
The campaign also hosts an annual Financial Scavenger Hunt contest, a reality-based competition that helps people learn money management skills while getting a chance to win fun prizes. The contest includes activities that help build solid financial foundations, such as reviewing SunTrust’s student checking account options and calculating compound interest.
Each Wake Tech semester ends with a Closing Ceremonies event wrapping up the financial education campaign activities with fun, food, and participant recognition.
The NFEC supports Wake Tech to gain important media coverage, distribute flyers around campus, build presence online and in the social media, conduct word-of-mouth networking, and use the NFEC’s email listserv to reach more than 20,000 people with information about the SunTrust and Wake Tech-sponsored financial literacy events.
Part of the NFEC’s financial literacy mission involves building collaborative partnerships to maximize the use of resources and extend program reach and support. At Wake Tech the NFEC has facilitated collaborations with a variety of community and campus organizations including Jack and Jill of America, the COSMO department, dental hygiene program, and Business 125 courses. These collaborations make it possible for the campaign to reach hundreds of students, staff, and community members with financial education courses each year.
With the support of the NFEC and SunTrust, the Wake Tech financial education initiative has achieved sustainability across campus and in the surrounding community. Demonstrating the sponsors’ commitment to improving financial outcomes for students, staff, faculty, and community members alike, this program has been steadily expanding over the past three years and shows every indication of continuing to extend its reach and positive impact. This initiative epitomizes how successful collaboration between the college, organizations, and students can empower the whole community with financial knowledge.
Banks and credit unions form the backbone of the financial literacy movement. The NFEC has built a nationwide infrastructure of financial educators who can give high-quality presentations that meet the needs of a wide range of organizations and groups. Members of the Personal Finance Speakers Association are working in communities across the country to promote financial wellness. Here are their stories: