First and foremost, THANK YOU to everyone that donated to our cause of #GiveFinancialFreedom on #GivingTuesday. We are thankful for each dollar because we know how our dollars are multiplied through financial literacy! But, we are not finished with our cause. It’s the end of the year, and it’s your last chance for tax write-offs for 2017. But, don’t write your check yet!
We want you to know how your money will be spent, and we hope that is reason enough to give a year-end gift to the ēCO Credit Union Foundation for 2017. We like to break up the resources we provide into two categories: Schools & the Community. With that said, here is how we spend the money graciously donated to us:
-Banzai: This is a curriculum provided free-of-charge to schools in select areas; Banzai enables teachers to easily obtain financial education curriculum from middle school- to high school-aged students.
-Classroom Seminars: We contact or are contacted by educators who would like a more in-depth financial education experience for their students. Volunteers from ēCO Credit Union will come and teach from prepared lessons, including Finance 101 and Life after High School. (We plan to expand this program even more in 2018!)
-Keeping It Real: Hosted by the Greater Shelby County Chamber, the Foundation is a co-sponsor of this event for high school freshman. Each student is taught about a budget and given a hypothetical life scenario, where they are given a career, salary, and other information. Then, they visit 12 booths where they spend their money on things like insurance, housing, utilities, and more!
-Classroom Grants: Teachers are given the opportunity to apply for a grant through the ēCO Credit Union Foundation. The requested money granted has to be used for financial education or material that will increase financial literacy in the classroom. If you know an educator that would be a perfect candidate, nominate them or encourage them to fill out the application found on our website!
-EverFi: In January 2018, we are excited to launch an online financial education tool that will allow anyone to have access to curriculum completely free of charge! Topics will include everything from budgeting to retirement planning.
-Community Seminars: Our community seminars cover various topics, which are also free of charge to the public. We will invite speakers for a series throughout January-April at various locations across the Jefferson and Shelby County areas. Also, we are always open to requests if a group would like for us to come in and speak on a particular topic.
-Community Grants: This year, we began supporting community events that are encouraging financial literacy in their sphere of influence. If you know a community leader that should apply, make sure to share our website with them or send us an email with their contact information!
-Scholarship: Each year, we award one scholarship to an adult that is returning to school to further their career or change career paths. (Did we mention the scholarship application is available?! Click here for the application.)
Now, if you are convinced that we will put your money to work in 2018, don’t hesitate to pull out that checkbook now! We would be honored to be a part of your charitable donations in 2017. Simply, go to the top menu and click the Donate page to find out all of your options to give.
This blog post was written by Georgia Hux, Marketing Coordinator at ēCO Credit Union. She is wife to Aaron, fur-mom to Tuff, and thinks Joanna Gaines is her best friend.