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New Jersey Affiliate Named Jump$tart State Coalition of the Year

The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy today announced it will honor its state affiliate, New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education (NJCFE), as the 2019 State Coalition of the Year.

The award will be presented at the Jump$tart Coalition’s 2019 Annual Awards Dinner, One Mission, Many Voices, which recognizes accomplishments of individuals and organizations that are working to create a financially literate future. The event takes place April 3 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel and is a central event during Jump$tart’s Financial Literacy Month (#FLM19) celebrations.

“There is no one-size fits all approach to advancing financial education. Each state affiliate designs outreach that works for its community,” said Jump$tart President and CEO Laura Levine. “NJCFE exemplifies this year’s theme, by uniting their many voices to build a financially literate future.”

NJCFE President Kim Cole will be on hand to accept the award, which recognizes the affiliate’s effectiveness and innovation at the state level in reaching, supporting and assisting teachers; its public awareness activities; the level of participation and collaboration within the coalition itself and other achievements over the past year.

Cole said the organization has been successful thanks to the community NJCFE has created. “We are a highly collaborative community of financial professionals dedicated to every New Jersian.”

NJCFE accomplished a great deal in 2018. Most notably was the creation of a partnership with the Affinity Federal Credit Union and the NJ Credit Union League, which expanded NJCFE’s membership to more than 15,000 and now provides ongoing funding to help the coalition achieve its mission. In addition, NJCFE:

  • Participated or developed more than a dozen financial education events that reached more than 1,000 individuals online and in person. Indirectly these events reach approximately 30,000 students throughout the state.
  • Tackled issues such as cryptocurrencies and consumer fraud during its quarterly roundtable meetings.
  • Supported the creation of the Institute for Financial Literacy and Economic Education at New Jersey City University, which supports nonprofit organizations who counsel clients about personal finance.

“NJCFE is honored to be selected as this year’s state coalition of the year,” said Cole. “We pride ourselves on being the hub of financial education information in New Jersey. Ensuring a financially literate future takes a village, and we are that village.”

State Coalition of the Year Award

Jump$tart’s State Coalition of the Year Award was first suggested by Dr. Lew Mandell, one of the Jump$tart Coalition’s founding board members, and was introduced in 2005. While one coalition is recognized, the award is an important recognition of the collective achievements of Jump$tart’s network of 51 affiliated state coalitions. Recent past winners were:

2018 – Washington Jump$tart
2017 – Idaho Financial Literacy Coalition
2016 – Connecticut Jump$tart Coalition (website)
2015 – Montana Financial Education Coalition (website)
2014 – Maine Jump$tart (website)

About Jump$tart

The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of students in pre-kindergarten through college. Jump$tart’s approximately 100 national partners and 51 affiliated state coalitions work individually and collectively to educate and prepare our nation’s youth for life-long financial success. Jump$tart is the original promoter of April as Financial Literacy Month and publisher of the National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education. For more information about the Jump$tart Coalition, go to or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter