Financial Literacy

The Issue:
Having money does not guarantee happiness or success. But not having money can be a problem for people. Even if they do have it, people often do not know what to do with money to achieve their goals.

The Response:
Extension family financial literacy programming offers research-based resources to those people who want to achieve a higher level of financial security. From a website which allows the development and tracking of a plan for paying off financial debts to publications on a variety of financial topics, extension financial literacy programming also includes the "human touch" important in helping change attitudes and behaviors in the form of group programming and individual consultation.

Coalitions and Partners:
Partners in extension financial literacy include financial series including credit unions, banks, and insurance and investment businesses; nonprofit agencies and organizations including community, health, faith-based, family service and social service groups.

Impact and Results:
With a variety of educational methods, extension financial literacy education has reached people across Nebraska, in other states, and in other countries. People report to financial literacy educators how financial literacy educational programming, sometimes from several years previous, has helped and continues to help them with their financial resources. While formal evaluation reports quantitative impacts and results, this type of informal impact-reporting shows that financial literacy education can and does make a difference for people throughout their lives.