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About the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy

The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is a 501-c-3 tax-exempt nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. As a coalition, we bring together organizations that share a commitment to advancing financial literacy among pre-school through college-age youth. 

  • Mission: Jump$tart is a coalition of diverse financial education stakeholders. These organizations work together to educate and prepare our nation's youth for life-long financial success.
  • Vision: We envision a nation of financially capable youth.

Today, the Jump$tart Coalition includes about 150 national partner organizations from the business, financial, non-profit, association, academic, government, and other sectors. The coalition also consists of a network of 51 affiliated state coalitions and their local partners. The grassroots coalitions are independently governed and operated, and linked to the national coalition through an affiliation agreement which fosters cooperation and support.  

For more information on the organization, see Jump$tart's history or check out its key initiatives:

  • The National Standards delineate the personal finance knowledge and ability that young people should acquire throughout their kindergarten through 12th grade school years.
  • Financial Literacy Month (April) is a month-long campaign to raise public awareness about the importance of financial literacy. 
  • Hill Day is an opportunity for the financial literacy community raise awareness on Capitol Hill. 
  • Annual Awards Dinner brings together the financial literacy community to honor accomplishments in the field.
  • Jump$tart Clearinghouse is premier online library of financial education resources.
  • National Educator Conference for classroom teachers who teach personal finance or incorporate money lessons at any level PreK-12. 

Jump$tart Leadership

Over two decades, the Jump$tart Coalition has evolved into a well-respected national voice in, and resource for, the financial literacy effort—remaining steadfastly committed to its original mission of “financial smarts for students.

Laura Levine (left) took over as executive director in 2004 and was subsequently named president and chief executive officer. Also, helping Jump$tart lead the way is its dedicated National Board and team of staff and consultants.