Grants Awarded:

$220,000

 

$1 million in grants to spur adoption of new personal finance graduation requirements

 

Earn a $10k grant for your school or up to a $30k grant for your district when you adopt the Gold Standard.

 

Rationale:

  • To galvanize advocates who are committed to ensuring that ALL students in their school or district take a one semester personal finance course before they graduate.
  • To partner with advocates through the planning and coalition-building necessary to achieve this goal.
  • To award grant funds that will support the implementation of personal finance courses.
  • To SUPERCHARGE this growing grassroots movement on behalf of the next generation of Americans. 

 

Who is eligible to submit board minutes in pursuit of a grant? 

  • Teachers at public and private high schools in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, who, as of Jan 1, 2019, had NOT YET received school board approval adopting a standalone graduation requirement for personal finance.
  • Graduation requirements must be NEWLY ADOPTED after Jan 1, 2019.
  • Excludes high schools in states with current statewide mandates: Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia.

 

Read More About Our Community's Advocacy Efforts

How many states require students to take a personal finance course before graduating from high school? Is it 6 or is it 21?

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Feb 12, 2020
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Advocacy
CEE recently released their Survey of the States which led to news articles which included these details:  “Twenty-one states now require financial literacy courses to graduate” (CNBC) "High school students in 21 states must now take a personal finance course in order to graduate" (NY Times) This, in turn, has led to a lot of inquiries as to why NGPF's Got Finance? research report on access to financial education finds that only 6 states require students to take a...

Guest Post from Melissa Wiese: My 1-year Sprint to the Gold Standard in Personal Finance

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Feb 11, 2020
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Advocacy
Melissa Wiese is a Personal Finance teacher from Reedsville High School in Reedsville, WI. Melissa's personal finance class is the 14th recipient of NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge grant of  $10,000, which will aid implementation of Melissa's school's new Personal Finance graduation requirement. What got you excited to teach and advocate for personal finance? Earlier in the fall of 2019, I attended a local NGPF FinCamp. As this was going to be my 1st year teaching Personal Finance at my...

Guest Post from Joe Russom: The Journey From Bronze to Silver to Gold in 3 Years

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Feb 05, 2020
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Advocacy
Joe Russom is an energetic personal finance teacher from Menasha High School in Menasha, WI. Mr. Russom is the 5th educator in the country to earn a $10,000 grant for his school through the Gold Standard Challenge for successfully converting his school to require a standalone personal finance course for all students to graduate. Here's Joe in his own words: What got you started advocating for the graduation requirement? It was the students! Our previous personal finance program was combined into...

NEW! Online Screenings for "The Most Important Class You Never Had"

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Jan 31, 2020
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Advocacy, Personal Finance
We want you to give personal finance advocates like you the opportunity to screen this film before its general release to the public in mid-February!  Crisscrossing America, this film shares the inspiring stories of eight high school educators and their students who illustrate the surging trend and timely importance of personal finance education. Watch the trailer here:  We premiered the documentary earlier this week in New York City and want to provide an opportunity for you to see...

Guest Post from Lana Main: Every Student Needs Personal Finance In High School

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Jan 27, 2020
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Advocacy
Blog post written by NGPF Fellow, Lana Main of West Central High School in Hartford, South Dakota. Her school will be receiving a $10,000 Gold Standard Challenge Grant from NGPF.  -----------------  “I wish I’d had this class when I was in high school!”  How many times have you heard this from a parent at conferences or elsewhere? One of my favorite parts of parent-teacher conferences has always been having the opportunity to share with parents what their...

End of Course Student Surveys: Capturing The Magic That Occurs in Personal Finance Classes

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Jan 22, 2020
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Teaching Strategies, Advocacy
Ever wonder that students think are the most important skills they picked up in your classroom? An End-of-Course survey can be a great way to see what "stuck" in your students' minds. Thanks to NGPF Fellow Sue Suttich for sharing the results from her student survey (here's a template that you can use for your End-of-Course Student Survey): Here's a few themes that came out of it: What's important and useful to students can be very different on student-by-student basis due to their...

Press Release: 23 U.S. High Schools Receive NGPF Gold Standard Challenge Grants for Ensuring All Students Receive A Personal Finance Course

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Jan 20, 2020
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Advocacy
Palo Alto, Calif., January 21, 2020 UPDATED: Feb 14, 2020 - Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a non-profit committed to ensuring that ALL students leave high school with the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex financial world, is pleased to announce the first 23 schools that are groundbreaking recipients of the NGPF Gold Standard Challenge grants.  The NGPF Gold Standard Challenge rewards and recognizes high schools that commit to ensuring that all students receive a one...

NGPF Gold Standard Challenge Grantee Dan Clement: The Best Answer To "Why Isn't This Course A Requirement?"

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Jan 16, 2020
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Advocacy
Dan Clement is an enthusiastic personal finance teacher from Somers High School in Somers, CT. Dan's school is the 11th in the country to be awarded a $10,000 grant for their personal finance program.  He earned this by moving his school to NGPF's Gold Standard by adopting a one semester standalone personal finance course that ALL students will take prior to graduation. Kudos to Dan for his dogged determination to support his students with comprehensive financial education. Here's Dan in...

NGPF Podcast: Anisha Reddy, a high schooler on a mission to improve financial capability

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Jan 03, 2020
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Advocacy, Podcasts, Personal Finance
What an inspiring conversation with social entrepreneur, Anisha Reddy! Anisha was featured in a local newspaper for starting a financial education non-profit and on this podcast you will hear about her journey. She will discuss her earliest start-up ventures, why she cares so much about financial education and why every student needs to learn how to manage their money. Student voice is such a powerful force and Anisha eloquently makes the case for Mission: 2030 which envisions a world where all...

NGPF Podcast: Todd Hoadley on how engagement with the business community led to a personal finance requirement

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Dec 27, 2019
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Advocacy, Podcasts, Personal Finance
As a superintendent of Dublin City Schools (OH), Todd Hoadley focused on developing students who are both college and career ready. His engagement with the business community impressed upon him the importance of financial education. Listen to this podcast to hear how Todd led the efforts in his district where every student takes a personal finance class before they graduate.  Details: 0:00~2:02 Introduction 2:02~3:10 Todd’s role and the district he works in   3:10~7:43 The...

Barbara Angelicola-Manzolli: my 10 year journey to create a high school personal finance graduation requirement

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Dec 03, 2019
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Advocacy
The following is a guest post from Barbara Angelicola, Lewis S. Mills High School, Burlington CT. Barbara's school is the fourth to convert to the Gold Standard and earn a $10,000 grant from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge! ------------------ The spark that ignited my passion for teaching personal finance In 2008, my school received a small grant from the State of Connecticut to start a Personal Finance class for the 2009-2010 school year. From the moment the first class ran, I knew that my...

NGPF Podcast: Melissa Santoyo on the importance of financial education for first-gen students

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Nov 29, 2019
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Podcasts, Advocacy
I came across Melissa Santoyo's op-ed in her college paper at Northwestern University and definitely wanted to learn more. In the op-ed, Melissa describes the challenges that first-gen students face in completing the FAFSA and how it can be a hindrance to higher education. She also notes how widespread financial illiteracy is among all undergrads and makes the argument that financial literacy is a privilege which not everyone has access to. This reality is what the community of personal finance...

Reading List for November 22-24

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Nov 22, 2019
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Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Paying for College, Career, Financial Scams, Investing, Retirement
Financial Literacy and Advocacy ICYMI, Tim Ranzetta had two pieces hit Marketwatch this week. The first is an article explaining how excellent teachers will drive the financial literacy movement, and highlights several teachers you will recognize. The second is an opinion piece in which Tim quantifies the value of a high school personal finance class. Study Breaks’ Daniel Reed concurs with the need to make Personal Finance a high school graduation requirement.  Workers consistently...

Sue Comparato: how I advocated for 15 years to make Personal Finance a graduation requirement… and finally won.

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Nov 19, 2019
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Advocacy
The following is a guest post from Sue Comparato, Swampscott High School (Swampscott MA). Sue's school is the third to convert to the Gold Standard and earn a $10,000 grant from the NGPF Gold Standard Challenge!  -------------------------- What sparked my desire to advocate for personal finance to become required? My journey to implement a personal finance graduation requirement at Swampscott High School began about 15 years ago when I submitted a proposal to add a new elective class called...

Tori Mansfield: Why I'm Passionate About Personal Finance Education

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Nov 14, 2019
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Personal Finance, Advocacy, Financial Literacy
I began teaching in 2011 as an English Language Arts teacher in Houston, Texas. Every morning as I left my apartment in downtown Houston and got closer to my school I noticed payday lenders and check cashing institutions on every corner versus the Starbucks on every corner I saw in my neighborhood. I saw them so often that I remember calling my mother and asking her, “What are payday loans?” She quickly explained to me what they were and why they were not a financially responsible...