Financial Literacy Month Events

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).

Two years ago, I personally went through the steps and blogged about my experience. Last year, we invited financial experts, organizational experts, credit reporting experts, moms (i.e. experts at everything), and authors to guest post during the month on a topic related to the day’s step.

This year, the blog will give voice to consumers who have overcome financial challenges. Through their own words, these consumers will tell you about what it was like to be in and repay unmanageable debt. They also share inspiring words about the many ways their lives have changed as a result of their debt repayment efforts. In addition to reading their stories, here are nine other ways you can get involved this Financial Literacy Month:

  1. If you have an inspirational story to share, there are a handful of spots left!  Send stories to
  2. Follow the 30-step plan. Getting started is easy: Take the Pledge.
  3. Check out our amazing schedule of free financial Webinars.  Attend with a friend!
  4. Download the free Financial Literacy Month eBook (and read it!).
  5. Become a fan of financial literacy on Facebook.
  6. Submit your favorite financial tips for inclusion in our Tips for Change gadget.
  7. Use the hashtag #FLM10 on financial literacy-related Tweets.
  8. Show your support for financial literacy on your own Web site by adding the I Love FLM badge.
  9. If you write about financial literacy, let us know so we can add your post to the Financial Literacy Month round up.  Send links to

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.

  • 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.