Grants Awarded:

$430,000

 

$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.

 

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Ren Makino - Why I'm Passionate About Financial Education

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Jun 05, 2020
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Advocacy
In October of 2014, when I was still a high school student, I applied for my first ever job as a student tester for NGPF. This was my initial introduction to the world of personal finance education. At the time there weren’t many people using the NGPF curriculum and there were only three full-time employees. My tasks were to go through the student activity packets as if I was a student in a class that used NGPF material. As I went through it, I was supposed to leave some feedback from a...

NGPF Podcast: Kavya Ravikanti on helping fellow college students with their finances

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May 15, 2020
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Podcasts, Advocacy, Personal Finance
Kavya Ravikanti noticed that many of her college friends at the University of Virginia had questions about money. She decided to do something about it and founded a website, Young, Not Broke. In this podcast, Kavya describes her early money lessons, her knack for entrepreneurial ventures and how she uses storytelling to teach important money concepts. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~1:05 Introduction 1:05~3:49 Current situation for Kavya 3:49~7:10 Early money lessons 7:10~8:16 Deciding what to...

Details: NGPF's OpEd Challenge

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May 01, 2020
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Advocacy
How much ACTION will this community inspire when our collective #mission2030 message echoes through the editorial sections of hundreds of local publications throughout the U.S.? Let's find out! UPDATE: We added a virtual PD that should get you through the process of writing this Op-Ed in ONE sitting! Join Christian on May 27th at 8:30am PT.  Here's the plan: TEACHERS: Attend an optional (but helpful) 1hr Virtual PD Weds May 6 at 8:30am Pacific OR Fri May 8 at 1:00pm Pacific, during which...

Building the HYPE for NGPF's LIVE Documentary Watch Party & Scholarship Night

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Apr 28, 2020
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Advocacy
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Guest Post From Dr. Diane Schumacher: the first multi-high school district to take on the Gold Standard Challenge!

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Apr 28, 2020
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Advocacy
Today's guest author Dr. Diane Schumacher is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Iowa City Community School District in Iowa City, IA. Dr. Schumacher's district is the first multi-high school district in the nation to receive a Gold Standard Challenge grant from NGPF. They did so by converting to what we affectionately call the "Gold Standard" in financial instruction: a comprehensive, standalone personal finance course of at least one semester that ALL students take...

Guest Post from Patrick Kubeny: The Army Of Personal Finance Advocates That Helped My High School Earn The Gold Standard

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Apr 21, 2020
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Advocacy
Patrick Kubeny is this week's Guest Author for the NGPF Gold Standard Challenge. Patrick was instrumental in making personal finance a standalone graduation requirement at Rhinelander High School in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, thus earning a Gold Standard Challenge grant!  Here is Patrick in his own words on how he and an army of fellow advocates made the change happen! How long have you been advocating for personal finance to be required? As a new teacher way back in 1993, my colleague and I...

Don't Miss NGPF's Documentary Watch Party & Scholarship Night on April 30th at 5pm PT/8pm ET!

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Apr 17, 2020
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Advocacy
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NGPF Fellow Karl Remsen: Why We Believe in Personal Finance Education for ALL Students

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Apr 16, 2020
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NGPF Fellows, Advocacy
Thanks to NGPF Fellow Karl Remsen, a math and personal finance teacher at Lake County High School in Leadville, Colorado for his inspired words and actions in his school community. He took this a step further and had an op-ed advocating financial education for all in his local paper, the Mountain Mail. ------------------------------- In 2017, Lake County High School reviewed and revamped our graduation requirements. As part of this process, we became one of the only schools in Colorado to...

Guest Post from Alana Eder: The Gold Standard Of Financial Education Is Common Sense!

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Apr 07, 2020
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Advocacy
Alana Eder is a dedicated 2nd year personal finance teacher from Oconto High School in Oconto, Wisconsin. OHS is the 19th high school nationwide to receive a Gold Standard Challenge Grant from NGPF, because Alana partnered with her principal and school counselor to successfully persuade their school board to adopt a standalone semester-long personal finance course as a formal graduation requirement that ALL students take.    Here's Alana in her own words on why she made this push AND...

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
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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...