WHAT WE DO:
Networks Financial Institute (NFI) exists to facilitate broad, collaborative thinking, dialogue and progress in the evolving financial services marketplace through three targeted initiatives:
With innovative programs and services, NFI provides an unprecedented link among educators, students, professionals, policy-makers and citizens. Launched in 2003 as an outreach of the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University, NFI is made possible through a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation.
Networks Financial Institute is a not-for-profit organization. It is headquartered on the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN, with additional offices in Indianapolis, IN and Washington, D.C.
WHAT WE OFFER:
Networks Scholars Professional Development Program
NFI is committed to developing tomorrow’s dedicated, knowledgeable and respected financial industry professionals through the Networks Scholars program. The program is a four-year scholarship for qualified ISU freshman, who choose to pursue a career in the financial services industry. These students are prepared to excel in their careers through participation in an intensive Professional Development Program.
Research and Thought Leadership in the Financial Services Industry
NFI is a national thought leader working to answer challenges surrounding the financial services industry. Through a network of prominent research fellows, along with its own staff researchers, and faculty of the Scott College of Business NFI continually develops policy briefs, working papers and related research publications. NFI connects the research of thought leaders with those leading change in the financial services industry. Through a series of topic-specific conferences, meetings and publications, NFI facilitates educated, informed leadership in areas of critical importance to the future of the industry.
Kids Count® Program:
WHAT WE NEED:
It is imperative to start in the early years of children’s lives to impact their future development positively. Basic literacy skills, including financial literacy, are the building blocks of development and self-sufficiency. By teaching students about earning, spending wisely, saving, sharing and investing, they learn to respect money and develop a foundation of understanding and the basic skills needed to care for themselves and others.
Our goal is to build awareness of our complimentary, innovative online and hands-on programs, and increase their use so that the financial literacy of today’s youth can improve. With everyone’s help, this goal can be achieved.
Nickelsburg™ online learning community is being enhanced to improve accessibility through the use of an optional audio component for students who read below grade level. The banking transaction module will be enhanced with four new games that will add more budgeting and spending planning. Students will be able to enter the game site and play multiple times, and through their play will be challenged to learn standard financial terms such as budgeting, needs, wants, goals, priorities, mortgage and much more. Enhancements will be complete by May 1, 2011.
NFI continually strives to broaden financial literacy educational efforts within and beyond the classroom as well as promote understanding of personal money management through partnerships with local organizations committed to financial literacy education. NFI also works to expand our financial literacy education offerings to reach adolescents and young adults with particular focus on the Indiana State University and area communities.
Assistant Director, Financial Literacy
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy