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About Us

Money Smart Week is a national public education program coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and delivered by a network of supporters that empowers people with the knowledge and skills to make better-informed personal financial decisions around the key financial pillars of saving, spending, borrowing and planning.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago coordinates Money Smart Week as part of its outreach efforts supporting effective policy-making and the economic development of all 7th District communities through promoting and contributing to economic and financial education.

Money Smart Week Supporters are volunteer organizations or individuals from the public, private, or government sectors who develop and execute local Money Smart Week events in their community. Interested in becoming a Money Smart Week Supporter? Learn more.

History

Money Smart Week began in 2002 as a coordinated effort of more than 40 Chicago-area organizations working together to promote financial literacy. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago convened these members to share resources and ideas to achieve greater public awareness of the programs and services available in the city of Chicago.

Charles Evans, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

“Money Smart Week helps people from all backgrounds build financial capability. When consumers learn how to best save, spend, plan, and invest, they can take steps toward securing their financial futures. A community of well-informed consumers helps support a healthy economy.”

— Charles L. Evans, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Carol and Phil Battaglia

“Over the past 10 years, we’ve attended events that have brought us through retirement planning to estate planning. We’ve implemented knowledge gained from these engaging events to help make the best financial decisions for our family."

— Carol and Phil Battaglia, Money Smart Week attendees

Michael Dowling, wearing a grey sweater.

“Financial education is critical to keeping a community’s economy healthy, and that is why libraries are joining-in to help. Money Smart Week has been critical in getting both large and small libraries to contribute and transform their communities. The American Library Association’s motto is ‘Libraries Transform’ and participating in Money Smart Week is one of the ways we do this.”

Michael Dowling, Director, International and Chapter Relations Offices, American Library Association

2019 Annual Report

4,004

Events

3,806

Partners

152,036

Participants

45

States

Report Archive

Learn about past Money Smart Week campaigns by reading the highlights and stories found in our previous years’ annual reports.

Read 2018 Annual Report