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About the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy

The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is a 501-c-3 tax-exempt nonprofit based in Washington, DC.  As a coalition, we bring together organizations that share a commitment to advancing financial literacy among pre-school through college-age youth. 

  • Mission: Jump$tart is a coalition of diverse financial education stakeholders. These organizations work together to educate and prepare our nation's youth for life-long financial success.
  • Vision: We envision a nation of financially capable youth.

Today, the Jump$tart Coalition includes about 150 national partner organizations from the business, financial, non-profit, association, academic, government, and other sectors. The coalition also consists of a network of 51 affiliated state coalitions and their local partners.  The grassroots coalitions are independently governed and operated, and linked to the national coalition through an affiliation agreement which fosters cooperation and support.  

For more information on the organization's founding, see Jump$tart's history

Jump$tart Leadership

Over nearly two decades, the Jump$tart Coalition has evolved into a well-respected national voice in, and resource for, the financial literacy effort—remaining steadfastly committed to its original mission of “financial smarts for students. Laura Levine took over as executive director in 2004 and was subsequently named president and chief executive officer. Laura leads a national team of staff and consultants. Also, helping Jump$tart lead the way is it's dedicated National Board.

Jump$tart Today

Jump$tart's, key initiatives include:

  • The National Standards: These National Standards delineate the personal finance knowledge and ability that young people should acquire throughout their kindergarten through 12th grade school years (K-12) to emerge as independent adult consumers, fully prepared to make wise financial decisions for a lifetime of economic well-being. (One pager About The National Standards.)
  • Financial Literacy Month (FLM): Jump$tart was the original promoter of Financial Literacy Month, which is a month-long campaign in April to raise public awareness about the importance of financial literacy. (One pager About FLM.)
  • Hill Day: Each year, approximately 300 participants attend Financial Literacy Day on the Hill, which is free and open to the public; providing networking opportunity with the national financial education community.
  • Annual Awards Dinner: Each year, the dinner brings together the financial literacy community's nationwide leadership to network, collaborate, and honor accomplishments in the financial literacy field.
  • Jump$tart Clearinghouse: The premier online library of financial education resources for teachers, parents, caregivers, and anyone committed to financial smarts for students. (One pager About The Clearinghouse.)
  • National Educator Conference (NEC): The only national conference devoted to classroom teachers who teach personal finance or incorporate money lessons into any subject, at any level PreK-12. (One pager About NEC.)