Democracy & Equality - Financial Well-being

Grant Ideas


Do you have a great idea for a project related to Financial Well-being? Let us know what it is and we could give you up to $500 to make it happen.


Here are examples of other ideas we liked.


Arrange financial workshops for teens.
Have several individual hour-long workshops—or one multi-part one-day workshop—with guest speakers from local businesses to talk about the basics of: budgeting, banking (savings/checking accounts, car/house loans), credit cards, credit scores, student loans/grants/financial aid, insurance (life/health/auto/property), real estate investing, equity investing, etc.
Start an investing club.
Learn about equity investing first by playing one of the mock-stock market games on the Internet for a few months. Then, once your group feels comfortable, have everyone contribute a small amount of money, invest it, follow the market, and get together as a group periodically to decide how to reallocate and reinvest your money. Regardless of whether you make money, you will learn. Note: do not let anyone contribute more than they are willing to lose.
Fund a micro loan on Kiva.
Kiva is a micro-lending organization that provides the ability to make small loans to micro-enterprises around the world—and it now supports new entrepreneurs in California. Find a user with a story and a mission that you like and fund their business. Encourage others to do the same.
Start a small business with friends.
The younger you're exposed to the basics of business, the more likely you'll feel comfortable taking a leadership role in business later in life. Help tweens and teens become comfortable with business basics by supporting their efforts to select a product/service, source raw materials/willing labor, produce and offer the product/service. Recognize the need to do marketing, accounting and production tasks too.



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Did You Know

  • 52% of employees live paycheck to paycheck.
  • Nearly half of American households have less than $5,000 in liquid assets.
  • More than 1,000,000 families are expected to enter foreclosure in the coming year.

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