About the Author

Danielle Bautista

Danielle is a native of Southern California and a recent graduate from the University of Maine, where she braved the frigid winters—a feat in and of itself—and earned her Bachelor's degree in International Affairs. She has a passion for working with non-profit organizations and serving populations in underprivileged communities. When Danielle isn't writing NGPF blog posts, spearheading various outreach projects, or managing contests and flash surveys, you can find her doing some sort of outdoor activity, learning a new hobby, or cracking what she thinks are witty puns!

Author: Danielle Bautista

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Enterprising Educator Nick Murja of Palo Duro High School (Amarillo, TX)

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Dec 14, 2018
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Credit Cards
Nick Murja’s odyssey to achieving a debt-free life started when a sudden epiphany led him to change the way he viewed money. He doubled down and saved, invested wisely, and even started his own handful of side hustles in order to reach his goal. He publicly announced his progress towards his goal which engaged his students even more! Now this Palo Duro High School teacher is on another mission: teaching his students the financial lessons he wished he knew when he was their age. Enjoy!...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to LendStreet Founder and CEO Jerry Nemorin

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Dec 07, 2018
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Podcasts, Entrepreneurship
From a young, impressionable age, Jerry Nemorin “[watched] family members’ parents play whack-a-mole with bills and debt.” He wanted to change the fate of not only his family but consumers in the U.S. who had experienced the same financial ordeal. Thus, LendStreet was born in the depths of the 2008 Recession, and it has been helping consumers manage their debts in a sustainable way whilst also helping them rebuild their credit score. Hear more about the company’s origins...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Award-Winning Educator Gary Greenwood of Fluvanna County High School (VA)

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Nov 30, 2018
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Podcasts, Personal Finance
Award-winning Personal Finance teacher Gary Greenwood masterfully incorporates real-life financial skills like negotiating and reading the fine print into his classroom. In this podcast, Gary shares the secrets behind his classroom economy which he has honed over the years (Hint: Don't turn in an assignment late in Gary's class or it will cost you in classroom money!) Whether his students realize it or not, they’re building their financial management expertise for the future—and...

NGPF Flash Survey: What Curriculum Are You Using?

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Nov 13, 2018
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Flash Surveys
Whether you're using district-specific materials, searching the internet for your next lesson, or creating your own materials, we know you have a vast array of resources to choose from when it comes to picking the curriculum that's right for your students. We're looking to find out what resources work for you and what we can do to help your students stay engaged, informed, and up-to-date. We're curious: What Curriculum Are You Using?As always, survey respondents will be entered into a...

NGPF Flash Survey Results: How Do You Engage Parents?

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Nov 12, 2018
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Flash Surveys, Parent Conversations, Personal Finance, Survey Results
From parent-teacher conferences to open house night to casual conversations in the grocery store, we know that teachers are dedicated to making sure parents are involved in their child's education. Thank you to all those who took this survey. Your input guides the resources we're building out that will equip schools with resources to connect parents to personal finance.   A few key results to share first: 51% of respondents identify they already assign students activities and projects...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Investor and Educator Paul Merriman

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Nov 09, 2018
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Podcasts, Investing, Index Funds
  Paul’s passion for educating others about investing stems from his encounters with people who believed they couldn’t do it themselves. As a successful financial advisor, Paul had an unorthodox strategy to grow his business. He wanted to educate his clients so well that they would no longer need his services (and put him out of business). Needless to say, word of mouth spread about this incredible educator/financial advisor which ultimately led to a successful sale of his...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Money Coach Whitney Hansen

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Nov 02, 2018
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Behavioral Finance
  Since graduating from the school of hard knocks, Whitney Hansen turned her hobby into her full-time “jobby.” After paying off $33,000 in student debt in just one year, she sought to help others achieve their financial goals by relearning how to be fiscally responsible by living within their means. Whitney will take you through her entrepreneurial journey and provide insights on how she is able to coach her clients to change their financial behaviors for the better. Listen to...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Financial Diaries Co-Author Rachel Schneider

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Oct 26, 2018
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Current Events, Teaching Strategies
In Financial Diaries, Rachel Schneider digs under the surface and really gets into the nitty-gritty of American's financial lives including their hopes, dreams and struggles. Her poignant stories, including one about a family whose Sunday night meetings help them figure out what bills they can pay that week, will give you a deeper appreciation of what financial insecurity feels like. Financial Diaries laid bare the fact that a high percentage of Americans have challenges predicting...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Financial Writer and Analyst Nick Maggiulli of Ritholtz Wealth Management

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Oct 19, 2018
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Podcasts, Investing, Index Funds, Economics
Nick Maggiulli of Ritholtz Wealth Management writes a blog, Of Dollars and Data, which combines his love of markets with his gift for writing about finance in interesting ways. He makes difficult financial concepts more approachable to the masses using anecdotes and analogies that even finance newbies can understand. Yet, his blog also draws in finance experts who find value in his thought-provoking analysis. I’ve cited quite a few of his articles in the NGPF blog, and I...

Financial Education According to Danielle: Store Credit and How Retailers Trick You to Sign Up

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Oct 18, 2018
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Budgeting, Current Events, Behavioral Finance
Seemingly every major retail chain is offering a branded credit card to their customers.  You’ve heard it before - “would you like to sign up for our credit card and get 15% off of today’s purchase?” What’s a good deal for the store may not be a good deal for you. Watch out for these retail tricks and think twice before buying something you don’t need on store credit - you may end up getting more than you bargained for. “You can get X% off your...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Gwen Tulin and Victoria Golden of Brain Arts Production (Chicago, IL)

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Oct 12, 2018
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Podcasts, Tips for Teachers, Personal Finance, Activities
Brain Arts Production is the brainchild—pun intended—of Gwen Tulin and Victoria Golden, who have a passion for using the dramatic arts to educate young people about money. This Chicago-based nonprofit has a mission to help students build financial literacy skills through the creative method of learning by doing. The organization teaches students money skills through projects such as pitching a business in a Shark Tank scenarios or staying on budget while producing a short film. Gwen...

Convenient or Dangerous?: The “One-Click Wonders” of Online Retail

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Oct 11, 2018
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Budgeting, Current Events, Behavioral Finance
Online retailers are finding shorter and simpler ways to reach shoppers’ hearts and wallets.  By reducing the number of steps required to place an order, Amazon, Domino’s, and others are hoping to boost their sales by making your life easier.  The ultimate consumer convenience, these new “one-click wonders,” could be dangerous to the financial health of those with weak impulse control.   One such “one-click wonder” is the Amazon Dash...

Schools in the News: Custom High School Debit Cards, Reality Fairs and Live Personal Finance Shows

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Oct 10, 2018
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Schools In News, Debit Cards, Personal Finance
  Credit union issues school debit cards (Albany Democrat-Herald) “Central Willamette Credit Union… has issued special debit cards for West Albany, South Albany and Lebanon high schools, each bearing their name and logo. Anytime someone swipes the debit card, the credit union makes a 3-cent donation back to the specific school…. The company has long awarded mini-grants to teachers for classroom projects. Central Willamette employees also spend hundreds of hours...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Financial Writer Morgan Housel

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Oct 05, 2018
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Podcasts, Investing, Stocks, Research
Read a Morgan Housel blog post and you'll get an engaging yarn, an analogy that simplifies a complex financial topic, and perhaps even a history lesson or in-depth look at the behavioral tics that make us human. Having graduated just prior to the Great Recession, Morgan cut his teeth at the Motley Fool prior to his recent gig as a partner at the Collaborative Fund, a venture capital firm. He’s written over 3,000 articles in the past decade, and he’s amassed quite the Millennial...

NGPF PAYBACK Challenge: Over $125,000 In Cash Prizes Available for Students!

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Sep 25, 2018
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Contest Current, Paying for College
*Thank you all for participating in our #PaybackChallenge! We had the best team reading party to date! We will announce the Winners via Press Releases in early January! All emails to winners and participants have been sent.* Last spring, we debuted our inaugural PAYBACK Challenge to high schools across the nation. We're back at it again this fall just as students start the college application process. This scholarship opportunity is open to ALL 9th-12th graders. So, educators, check out the...