Since its founding in 1998, LendingTree.com has empowered consumers to make smart financial decisions by providing them with choice, convenience, and value in the loan shopping experience. In 2006, LendingTree embarked on a multi-year financial literacy initiative designed to improve consumer understanding of personal finance issues. Then, in 2010 LendingTree created The LendingTree Foundation, a non-profit foundation focused on empowerment; empowering consumers to make smart decisions in their financial lives.
We believe that through Education, Action and Support we can inspire the confidence necessary to take control of their personal financial lives and help them to build a stable rewarding financial future. The LendingTree Foundation partners in these efforts include the Jump$tart Coalition®, local Charlotte, NC community organizations and various nationwide organizations that support consumer Financial Literacy Education.
WHAT WE OFFER:
The LendingTree Foundation offers a free curriculum with two cohesive initiatives: The Financial Fitness Academy and the Financial Futures Fund. The Financial Fitness Academy is a personalized curriculum that matches participants with a trained volunteer coach to assist them in completing lessons such as budgeting, lowering living expenses, cutting discretionary spending saving for emergencies and the future. The coach works one-on-one with the client to identify their financial situation and develop an action plan that is tailored to help them achieve their financial goals. The Financial Futures Fund offers up the opportunity to participants to apply for various grants both in kind and matched-based savings plans. Ultimately, we want to help people get to the point where they can save for the future, whether it’s for emergencies, retirement, a home, or education. Read the latest client success in our Financial Fitness Academy Program at http://blog.lendingtree.com/blog/2011/02/24/a-savings-week-story-david-and-janna/
WHAT WE NEED:
The LendingTree Foundation is strongly committed to helping empower the consumer through financial literacy education. We would like for you to be part of our LendingTree Foundation Faculty. As we build our program nationally, we are seeking partners that would like to participate in our initiatives to educate and provide services that to help individuals and families achieve a stable financial future.
The LendingTree Foundation’s inaugural session began in September 2010 and has since launched two additional sessions in Charlotte, NC. Launching new sessions bi-monthly, expanding its services state-wide offering consumer workshops and services, introducing a web-based curriculum and interactive content geared toward high school and college students are currently being developed.
Sharon Fowler, Executive Director
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy