Grants Awarded:

$320,000

 

$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

Guest Post from Kevin Gartman: From Technical Ed Fanatic High Schooler to Gold Standard Challenge Grantee!

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Mar 25, 2020
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Advocacy
Kevin Gartman is a passionate personal finance teacher from Montezuma High School (Montezuma, IA), the 18th high school in the U.S. to receive an NGPF Gold Standard Challenge grant for adopting a standalone graduation requirement for ALL students to cross its graduation stage.  Here's Kevin describing Montezuma's journey to the Gold Standard in his own words. How long have you been advocating for financial education in your school? As I reflect on the journey that the NGPF Gold Standard...

NGPF Documentary: The Most Important Class You Never Had [Updates]

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Mar 20, 2020
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Teaching Strategies
We've added three bonus videos from Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin which you can find on our documentary webpage that feature these teachers and their students: Brian Page: Reading High School (OH) Joel Chrisler of Sauk Prairie High School (WI) Karsten Walker and Cole Kelley of Alpine School District (UT) Key videos: 36 minute documentary "Most Important Class You Never Had" 90 second student trailer that you can use to promote your program. Student voice is so important! Short trailer to...

Guest Post from Mark Rairigh: The First Change To My District's Graduation Requirements In Over 60 Years

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Mar 18, 2020
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Advocacy
Mark Rairigh is the Director of Secondary Education at Bryan City Schools in Bryan, Ohio. The high school in Mark's district, Bryan High School, is the 16th recipient of NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge grant funds of $10,000. Mark and his educator colleagues will be using the grant funds to implement a new personal finance graduation requirement beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Here's Mark in his own words on how Bryan City Schools got to the Gold Standard: How long have you been...

Guest Post from Jill Clayton: How a State Legislative Change And NGPF Grant Opportunity Inspired A Rapid Shift In My District

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Mar 11, 2020
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Advocacy
Jill Clayton is a phenomenal personal finance teacher at Roxboro Community School in Roxboro, North Carolina. Her school's personal finance program is the 12th recipient of a $10,000 grant through NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge. Here's Jill in her own words describing how her school made the switch from a personal finance elective to a personal finance graduation requirement on short notice. What got you started advocating for personal finance to be a graduation requirement? I've been making...

How To Achieve the Gold Standard: What I learned from reading 11 success stories

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Mar 05, 2020
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Advocacy
Gold Standard in finance education: a one semester personal finance course that ALL students will take before crossing the graduation stage. I hope that you have been enjoying the weekly posts from Gold Standard Challenge grantees describing their journeys. I re-read them this morning looking for patterns to see what common threads led to their success. On then one hand, every journey is unique just as every individual and every school environment is. However, upon further examination, there are...

Guest Post From Jim Hatfield: When The Stars Align For Personal Finance

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Mar 03, 2020
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Advocacy
Jim Hatfield is a dedicated personal finance teacher from Mt. Vernon High School in Mt. Vernon, Indiana. In Jim's state, 'Personal Financial Responsibility' is required to be taught in high schools, but not all schools do so with fidelity according to their course catalogs. Jim wasn't about to let that happen in his school, first teaching the course as an elective and recently advocating for the course to become a local graduation requirement. As a result of this change, Mt. Vernon High...

Guest Post from Katie Kohoutek: How My Own Kids Inspired Me To Get My School To The Gold Standard In Personal Finance Education

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Feb 26, 2020
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Advocacy
Katie Kohoutek is a veteran business, computer and personal finance teacher from Lidgerwood High School in Lidgerwood, North Dakota. Her school's personal finance program is the 13th in the nation to receive a $10,000 grant from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge grant program, which awards grant dollars to schools when they adopt standalone graduation requirements for personal finance. Here's Katie in her own words on the process of getting it done in her small, rural setting! When did you begin...

Schools in the News (week of 2/23/20)

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Feb 25, 2020
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Schools In News, Advocacy
Hat tip to Christian for compiling these news stories that show the momentum building across the country for increasing access to financial education. Esther Richardson, a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn made such an eloquent case for financial education. She was asked by New York Times (Esther appears in the 2nd video): What would you change about your education? Her response: What I would change would be to incorporate more life skills that we would need...such as paying...

Reading List for February 21-23

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Feb 21, 2020
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Current Events, Investing, Career, Mortgages
Advocacy The West Virginia Senate considers two education bills: a financial education bill requiring a high school class, right alongside one reestablishing cursive writing in elementary school. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)   Personal Finance Ever wonder what files you should keep and for how long? Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post explains how she used “Homefile: Financial Planning Organizer,” by certified financial planners J. Michael Martin and his wife Mary E....

Guest Post from Jen Jones: Ending The Cycle of Passive Support

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Feb 19, 2020
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Advocacy
Jennifer Jones ("Jen") is a business and personal finance teacher from Sam Rayburn ISD, a small school district in the far northeast Texas town of Ivanhoe. Sam Rayburn High School is the 6th school in the nation, and the first in Texas, to earn a $10,000 Gold Standard Challenge grant from NGPF for successfully adopting a graduation requirement for personal finance.  What was the timeline by which you made the change happen? I started requesting a personal finance class be required six years...

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...