Participate in Virtual Money Smart Week
Virtual Money Smart Week 2021 will be held Saturday, April 10 – Saturday, April 17 . This week-long free virtual campaign aims to help people better manage their personal finances with a focus on those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s line-up includes:
- Saturday, April 10 @ 10:00 a.m. CST |
Talking Cents (The University of Chicago Financial Education Initiative)
- Sunday, April 11 @ 10:00 a.m. CST |
Saving (FINRA Investor Education Foundation)
- Monday, April 12 @ 12:00 p.m. CST |
Basic Banking (The Economic Awareness Council)
- Tuesday, April 13 @ 12:30 p.m. CST |
Student Loans (U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid)
- Wednesday, April 14 @ 1:00 p.m. CST |
Fraud Protection (Internal Revenue Service)
- Thursday, April 15 @ 1:00 p.m. CST |
Personal Finance (Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center)
- Friday, April 16 @ 12:00 p.m. CST |
Housing Protections + Resources (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
- Saturday, April 17 @ 10:30 a.m. CST |
Budgeting (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension)
View more details at www.moneysmartweek.org. Events are free and open to the public, but registration is advised. Questions for the panelists can be submitted during the registration process.
Keep Us Up To Date With YOUR Financial Literacy Programs
With schools closed nationwide due to the coronavirus, bankers are taking their financial literacy programs online to bring students the fundamentals of financial literacy, including the basics of savings, how to create a budget and how to distinguish needs from wants.
The Teach Children to Save Program began in 1997, as ABA’s financial education initiatives have reached 11.1 million young people with the help of more than 350,000 banker presentations. Thank you to all MBA member banks that participated virtually on April 24th.
We want to hear your stories about the event. Please send your press releases to Alyssa Harasim, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial Literacy Programs Available
If members are involved in a financial literacy program (that can be utilized by other bankers) which is not listed on the page, please contact
about adding your program to this page.
The ABA Foundation provides financial education programs and resources that help bankers make their communities better. All of the programs below offer free banker registration.
- ABA's Top 10 Tips for College Students
- Get Smart About Credit is a national campaign of volunteer bankers who work with young people to raise awareness about the importance of using credit wisely.
- Lights Camera Save! is a video contest that engages teens in educating themselves and their peers about the value of saving and using money wisely.
- Safe Banking for Seniors is a national campaign that helps older customers and their financial caregivers understand and mitigate the risks of fraud and financial abuse.
- Teach Children to Save is a national program that organizes banker volunteers to help young people develop a lifelong savings habit.
Questions? Contact ABA Community Engagement Foundation for more information.
MBA Financial Literacy Awards
Each year, the Michigan Bankers Association recognizes member banks for their outstanding work in financial literacy. The MBA Financial Literacy Awards recognize the industry’s hard work in financial literacy education and what member banks provide their customers and communities. All MBA member banks are invited to submit an entry for one or both awards: MBA Financial Literacy Award and the Innovator Award.
Michigan banks are encouraged to submit an entry for both the Financial Literacy Award and the Innovator Award. The deadline for both awards are TBA.
View the criteria and submission guidelines here .
Congratulations to our 2020 Winners: Bank of Ann Arbor, Bayport State Bank, ChoiceOne Bank, Citizens National Bank of Cheboygan, Huron Valley State Bank, First Independence Bank, Independent Bank, Isabella Bank, Mercantile Bank, Sturgis Bank & Trust Company, and Thumb Bank & Trust.
2020 Financial Literacy Innovator Award Winner: Bank of Ann Arbor, Lou Morse