The National Jump$tart Coalition was founded in 1995.
The idea for the organization is credited to William E. Odom, who was, at the time, Chairman and CEO of the Ford Motor Credit Corporation. The first meeting, organized by H. Randy Lively, then President and CEO of the American Financial Services Association, was intended to “develop a strategic plan for improving the quality and extent of curriculum modules for personal finance education in the nation’s schools, grades K-12.”
In 1997, the Jump$tart Coalition was incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization. Today, its headquarters office is in Washington, DC. The National Board is made up of major financial services association, national financial education foundation, Federal Department members, and other organizations and companies.
The National Coalition supports the programs and resources offered by its many partner organizations.
Each year, a conference for Pre-K through 12th-grade teachers is held on personal finance education in the classroom. As a coalition of more than 100 diverse national partner organizations, Jump$tart brings together the resources, support, and expertise needed to engage, inspire, and appreciate classroom educators from across the country.
In addition to providing teachers with professional development hours, the National Educator Conference promotes networking between teachers, speakers, resource providers, and Jump$tart leadership.
The State Jump$tart Coalition network consists of 51 affiliated state organizations including Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.
Most of them operate as grassroots volunteer efforts without full-time permanent staff or facilities. These state coalitions are independent nonprofit organizations, each with their own board and bylaws, connected to the national Jump$tart Coalition through an affiliation agreement. Many of them are tax-exempt through national Jump$tart’s group exemption. The state coalitions are supported by either an Eastern or Western State Regional Director.
The National Jump$tart Coalition can help you succeed in your community. For more information, visit their website, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-45EDUCATE.
For more resources, go to the National Jump$tart Coalition’s Clearinghouse and search according to your grade and subject matter.