Countdown to Financial Literacy Month

April is Financial Literacy Month and my nonprofit organization launched a microsite in the month’s honor. On the site, there are 30 simple steps to financial freedom (one for each day of the month).

Last year, I personally went through the steps and blogged about my experience. For this year's Financial Literacy Month, I had this crazy idea to invite different people to guest post during the month on a topic related to the day’s step. So, a few weeks back, I sent a note to a few people asking them what they thought of the idea. When wonderful women (like those who blog for Wise Bread, Frugal Upstate, Being Frugal, and Wide Open Wallet) sent notes of support and encouragement, I knew I had to go for it!

I am thrilled and amazed by the response to this "little" project! Starting on April 1, this space will be graced by the writings of (male and female) financial experts, organizational experts, credit reporting experts, moms (i.e. experts at everything), and authors. If you would like to join in, there are a handful of spots left! If you are short on time, but want to show your support for Financial Literacy Month, we’ve got the badge for you (it's the cute little IheartFLM09 badge on the right).

Also, we will be using the hashtag #FLM on financial literacy-related Twitter posts. The idea is to bring awareness to the need for financial literacy (and help us meet some other financially-minded people Twitterers too!) To participate, simply add the hashtag #FLM on any Twitter post you think relates to financial literacy.

I hope you'll visit often and let me be the first to wish you a happy Financial Literacy Month!

Kim McGrigg is the former Manager of Community and Media Relations for MMI.

  • The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is an association of nonprofit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education. Today, nearly 300 of these groups participate in the federation and govern it through their representatives on the organization's Board of Directors.
  • The National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER) is the nation’s oldest and largest higher education finance trade association. NCHER’s membership includes state, nonprofit, and for-profit higher education service organizations, including lenders, servicers, guaranty agencies, collection agencies, financial literacy providers, and schools, interested and involved in increasing college access and success. It assists its members in shaping policies governing federal and private student loan and state grant programs on behalf of students, parents, borrowers, and families.

  • Since 2007, the Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF) has served as a trusted, neutral source of information for more than eight million homeowners. They are partnered with, and endorsed by, numerous major government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of the Treasury.

  • The mission of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD works to strengthen the housing market in order to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; and build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.

  • The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization. Their mission is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.

  • The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®), founded in 1951, is the nation’s largest and longest-serving nonprofit financial counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services.