Mobilizing Our Community in Support of Veterans – Two Symposiums

At two free educational symposiums in Billings and Helena, the Montana Military Alliances brings together non-military groups,  supporting organizations, non-profits, and agencies to increase their engagement with the Military population.

Montana AOS Symp Billings 12 August 2014

Montana AOS Symp Helena 15 August 2014

Montana is home to over 100,000 Veterans and thousands are reintegrating this year.  These free, one-day events feature special presentations, interactive activities and breakout sessions from organizations already supporting Montana’s military community.

The day features topical breakout sessions on behavioral health, faith, legal and financial topics relating to military and veterans.  “Where do we go from here?” is answered in a group activity, designed to help communities serve the needs of this significant population.

Organizations wanting to serve this population are encouraged to attend, or contact  Sheila Warner with questions.

Eat Green, Save Green

by Jean Chatzky

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and a carrot a day will keep spending at bay. Or make that any vegetable, really. As DailyFinance reports, eating greens saves you green. The reader’s digest version: Invest in your health now so that you’re not paying astronomical prices for health-related issues in the future. But also save money now by buying veggies over other food staples that are donning higher price tags (i.e. beef, pork, and coffee). For lower prices on produce, shop locally, buy seasonally and don’t fear the freezer. Buy in bulk, chop and freeze. Maybe even consider growing your own.

Read more wisdom from Jean Chatzky at her blog This Week in Your Wallet.

Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say

Some newly minted college graduates struggle to find work. Others accept jobs for which they feel overqualified. Student debt, meanwhile, has topped $1 trillion.

It’s enough to create a wave of questions about whether a college education is still worth it.

A new set of income statistics answers those questions quite clearly: Yes, college is worth it, and it’s not even close. For all the struggles that many young college graduates face, a four-year degree has probably never been more valuable.

The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else reached a record high last year, according to the new data, which is based on an analysis of Labor Department statistics by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington. Americans with four-year college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than people without a degree. That’s up from 89 percent five years earlier, 85 percent a decade earlier and 64 percent in the early 1980s.

Read David Leonhardt’s full article from the NY Times here.

MFEC’s MiniGrant Program – Fund YOUR FinLit Project

Who likes Free Money?

The Montana Financial Education Coalition is proud to promote local efforts to expand financial education across our state. We hope that through this mini-grant organizations will be able to implement activities in their communities with an emphasis on Financial Literacy Awareness.

The mini-grants are to augment your existing activities or implement a new strategy or program. We ask that each organization receiving a mini-grant provide a synopsis of the impact the mini-grant had on their program and community. We would love pictures of activities, participants and program materials as well, which will both showcase your efforts and grow the program.

2014 MiniGrant Application

2014 MFEC Conference was a Hit!

“It’s never too late to make changes to improve one’s financial outlook.  It’s never too early to start financial education.” – 2014 MFEC Conference Attendee

Those that attended the 2014 MFEC Conference walked away with a wealth of knowledge they can put to use right away.

Thank you to Lieutenant Governor Angela McLean for kicking off the event, and impressing upon us that increased financial capacity is integral to our future.

Speakers Gene Natali, Jean Chatzky, and Belle Marie shared personal finance strategies for every stage: from teaching school-aged kids and engaging young adults to building wealth and protecting against fraud. We heard from elected officials Tim Fox, State of Montana Attorney General and Monica Lindeen, State of Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance.

We heard a panel of experts including Jean Chatzky, NBC Today Show Financial Editor & AARP Financial Ambassador; Matt Dale, State of Montana Office of Consumer Protection, DOJ; Lynne Egan, State of Montana Deputy Securities Commissioner, CSI; and Melanie Hall, State of Montana Banking Commissioner. Together they fielded tough questions from MSU Extension’s own Dr. Marsha Goetting, and painted a picture of Montanans’ financial future. Afternoon breakout sessions offered a chance to delve deeper into nine specific financial arenas with recognized experts.

Check back as details unfold for:

  • The MFEC 2014 Kids Art Contest
  • Financial Impact projects funded through a Mini Grant from MFEC
  • Presentations from the conference

This event was possible only through the partnership of generous sponsors. Thank you.
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