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GLOBAL PREMIERE of FITE – Empowering women through microlending

January 5th, 2011

Join us on January 6, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. PST (GMT-8), 11:00 a.m. EST for the world premiere of FITE—Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship. is the first global platform that will connect you to women entrepreneurs in the U.S. and 57 countries to fund a microloan and help alleviate poverty. With a sustainable income, a woman can uplift herself, her family, her community, and her country. You can give her a hand up, instead of a hand out.

Join us and our FITE partners—including Geena Davis, Eileen Fisher, and Isobel Coleman for our worldwide kick-off and the FITE global video premiere.

Register online now. With every registered participant, we’ll direct $1.00USD to fund a microloan for a woman starting or growing her business. On January 6th we’ll choose one Premiere participant to select the first FITE microloan recipients —that attendee could be you. Join us. JoinFITE.

Create a successful strategy to better your overall financial position

July 1st, 2010

In honor of the 30 days dedicated to Financial Literacy each year in April, and the YWCA’s efforts to promote financial literacy year round, check out Financial Literacy Month’s 30 Steps to Financial Wellness.

The first and most important step in developing and following a financial plan is to examine your attitudes about money.  Are you ready to accept responsibility for changing your financial situation?  Do you believe that you can and will change the way you make financial decisions?  Can you identify at least one benefit you hope to gain by changing your money management behavior?  If your answer to these questions is a resounding “yes!” you are ready and able to start your path to financial wellness.

Start your journey right now with a simple quiz.

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy

May 26th, 2010

Make sound financial decisions at every stage in your life. Check out 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy and discover great new features designed to help you learn how to make smart financial decisions.

Financial Literacy and Education Commission Launches New My Money Website

May 4th, 2010

Yesterday the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) announced the launch of its redesigned financial literacy education website, The new site has enhanced interactive features and utility to provide more resources to Americans seeking information that can inform their personal financial decisions. President Obama recently proclaimed April to be National Financial Literacy Month, and this enhanced online offering is just one of the many steps the Administration is taking to expand financial education and access for the future.

“As America recovers from the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression, it’s critical that we strengthen every aspect of our financial system. That means not only strong reforms and consumer protections, but also improved financial literacy and access,” said Treasury Deputy Secretary Neal Wolin. “Financial education and access is a priority for this Administration, and we’re pleased to provide this critical resource to help Americans find free, reliable and unbiased information that can help inform their daily financial decisions and plan for the future.”

The new creates an online point of access to financial information from the 21 Federal agencies, departments and bureaus that comprise the FLEC. Users will be able to find information about how to plan for a host of life events that have financial implications, such as birth or adoption of a child, home ownership, or retirement. They can also find information targeted to their personal or professional situation. For instance, the site includes resources for teachers, service members, women, parents, youth, employers, and more. The site also provides money management tools including a financial savings calculator, worksheets for establishing a household budget and a college preparation checklist, among others. The site is also available in Spanish. The effort to make the website as helpful and useful to Americans will be ongoing, with improvements expected to continue.

The web site was made possible by the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which was established under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003. The Commission was tasked to develop a national financial education web site along with a hotline (1-888-My Money) and a national strategy on financial education. It is chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury and made up of the heads of 20 additional federal agencies: the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; the Office of Thrift Supervision; the Federal Reserve; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; the National Credit Union Administration; the Securities and Exchange Commission; the Departments of Education, Agriculture, Defense, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Labor, and Veterans Affairs; the Federal Trade Commission; the General Services Administration; the Small Business Administration; the Social Security Administration; the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; the Office of Personnel Management and its newest member, the White House Office of Public Engagement. The Commission is coordinated by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Financial Education.

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Good Financial Decisions Start Early

April 27th, 2010

The key to making good decisions about money management is education. Finance can seem intimidating, but there is nothing to fear! Whether it’s from a birthday, an allowance, or their most recent business venture, your children are already acquiring money they can call their own. Visit Mass Mutual’s Family Finance page today at and start demystifying the subject for yourself and your family.

Teach Kids the Finance Basics!

April 14th, 2010

Kids are fascinated by money. But most aren’t taught the power of saving and investing in school or at home. In fact, a recent survey showed our graduating high school seniors fail a financial literacy quiz! Since 1999, has been dedicated to raising money-smart kids and their families. It’s simple: Today’s pennies are tomorrow’s dollars. Visit Kid’s Finance and click through to educational tools that you can download right now to give your kids the basics that they need to to successfully manage their personal finances in the future.  Join Penny and Bill now on a learning adventure!

Practical Money Skills for Life

March 31st, 2010

Explore your own financial information in greater detail through powerful tools for forecasting and assessing your financial choices. During the process, you might discover expenses you can eliminate or more effective ways to manage your money.

Visit Practical Money Skills and gain access to a variety of financial calculators that can help you make smarter financial decisions.  Calculators include:  saving for retirement, budgeting for a baby, back to school budgeting, travel calculator, holiday budgeting, saving for college, and more!

April is Financial Literacy Awareness Month!

March 25th, 2010

In these challenging economic times, the YWCA cannot think of a better way to empower women and girls than by helping them to manage their finances and build personal wealth. Help us celebrate Financial Literacy Month by joining us for Economics of Being A Woman, presented by the Libbie Agran Financial Literacy Center:

5 Wednesdays, April 7 to May 5, 2010

6:30 to 8:30 pm


Moderator:  Hollis Page Harman PFP CASL

YWCA Santa Monica / Westside

2019 14th Street, Santa Monica 90405

To reserve your spot right away, visit or call (310) 452-3881

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