A message from Co-founders
Our mission is that every U.S. high school student will graduate having taken a one-semester course in personal finance by 2030, but we started in just one high school: Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, CA in 2010.
Hi, I'm Tim. I'm an entrepreneur with a passion for education. I volunteered to create and teach a personal finance program from scratch at ECP. After witnessing firsthand the multigenerational impact that a personal finance course could have, I wanted to share with a wider audience.
Hello, I'm Jessica. In the same timeframe, I was progressing from assistant principal to principal of a public high school in Brooklyn, NY. I was working to engage all students in rigorous learning and set them up for beyond-the-classroom success.
In 2014, we joined forces with the idea that every single student deserves high-quality personal finance instruction. From Day 1, we made sure every NGPF service would be free so cost could never prevent learning. Then we went to work.
Since then, we’ve built an unstoppable team! Our small but mighty team of outstanding former educators creates engaging curriculum and facilitates professional development that honors and respects teachers.
We advocate alongside communities with a collective mission to bring financial education to every single high school student in the U.S. by 2030.
The NGPF Approach
Our curriculum covers 12 units, including Investing, Taxes, Saving, Behavioral Economics, and Paying for College. Our turnkey courses include 9-week, semester and full year courses for both high school and middle school students. NGPF resources use hands-on, real-world applications that build student financial capability. Best of all, the curriculum is provided at no-cost. Read more about our design philosophy.
Every student deserves a confident and highly qualified personal finance teacher. Educator participation in NGPF Professional Development moves us closer to that goal. We offer PD ranging from one-hour virtual workshops to asynchronous On-Demand modules to in-depth Certification Courses. The emphasis is on building teacher content knowledge, modeling various NGPF resources, and encouraging teacher collaboration. PD is offered through NGPF Academy, a program that rewards and recognizes the 15,000 teachers who have participated in NGPF professional development over the years.
Our advocacy efforts have a single-minded focus on increasing access to financial education by partnering with teachers, schools, districts, and states. We develop tools to support these passionate advocates, including a Step-by-step Process for them to expand access locally, an annual State of Financial Education report, and a documentary film titled The Most Important Class You Never Had. We recognize policy and implementation is integral to increasing access and have developed an affiliated organization, NGPF Mission 2030 Fund, to advocate for personal finance education in state legislatures across the country.
The NGPF Community of Educators: 64,000 and growing!1
Over 94,142 hours of PD completed
NGPF by the numbers
Visitors to the NGPF website last year
plays on NGPF
arcade games last school year
Last year, teachers invested
in building confidence with NGPF PD
of U.S. high school students attend a school with at least 1 teacher with an NGPF teacher account
NGPF added Cryptocurrency Basics and Behavioral Economics to its Certification Course offerings in the 2021-22 school year. To date, teachers have earned more than 9300 certifications! Each one is earned by participating in 9 hours of live instruction and passing an exam in one of 12 content areas, deepening content knowledge and confidence.ON-DEMAND PD
To accommodate teachers’ busy schedules, we provided On-Demand professional development to provide flexibility to learn at their own pace. NGPF On-Demand now has more than four dozen modules with recent additions including Demystifying Blockchain, Job Market Mayhem and FinTech Apps. To date, teachers have completed more than 35,000 modules!SATURDAY CONFERENCES
Teachers tell us how much they love collaboration and community-building. NGPF Saturday conferences provide educators with opportunities to work with teachers from across the country while deepening their content knowledge and implementation strategies with new workshops.
FINANCIAL ALGEBRA COURSE LAUNCH
No more "When am I going to use this in my real life?" questions in your math classrooms. To demonstrate real-life applications to your students, NGPF combined personal finance and mathematics and created a full course ready for the start of Fall 2022.
INTEGRATING CURRENT TRENDS
To stay on top of the evolving word of finance, NGPF added hot topics to the curriculum, including mini units on Cryptocurrency and Racial Discrimination in Finance, Behavioral Economics, and Consumer Skills.
How we contribute to the ecosystem through grant making
GOLD STANDARD GRANT2
FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT EQUITY (FEE) GRANT
10 large school districts3
IMPLEMENTATION GRANTS TO SUPPORT
Annual State of Financial Education Report
Study of State Implementations
INNOVATIVE SERVICE DELIVERY MODELS
Mindset and Milestones
Society for Financial Education and Professional Development
1 Numbers represent verified teachers with NGPF accounts.
2 The Gold Standard grant period ended August 31, 2022. NGPF invested $1 million on grassroots advocacy through this program.
3 FEE grants support the hiring of personal finance specialists in 5 large districts.