The Plutus Foundation
The founder of The Plutus Awards has created The Plutus Foundation to provide opportunities for the financial media community to support programs that enhance the financial capability and well-being of citizens of the world.

The Plutus Foundation is a community foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

We will fulfill our mission by providing grants to organizations whose goals are aligned with ours: to improve financial literacy, to eliminate poverty, and to increase financial empowerment.

Meet the Executive Leadership

Harlan L. Landes
Harlan L. Landes Executive Director, Chairman
Harlan L. Landes founded one of the first independent "personal finance blogs," Consumerism Commentary, to hold himself accountable for his own financial decisions. The website became one of the most popular to provide basic financial guidance to young people, focusing on education, awareness, and decision-making.

Luke also founded the Plutus Awards to highlight independent financial publishers.

Miranda Marquit
Miranda Marquit Director of Development
Miranda Marquit covers money topics as a financial journalist. She has been involved in local politics in the past and supports a number of social justice causes. Miranda has been involved with the Plutus Awards Executive Committee, and heavily invested in the personal finance blogging community and in financial literacy.
Athena Lent
Athena Lent Director of Grants and Programs
Athena Lent has been involved in the non-profit sector for the past twelve years, during which she has overseen both programming and development for a variety of youth-oriented nonprofit organizations. She recently received a national award recognizing her program for dog therapy and emotional intelligence from Jobs For Americas' Graduates.
Andrea Amir
Andrea Amir Board of Trustees
Andrea Amir has over 13 years of experience helping people reach their financial goals as a realtor, mortgage banker and educator. Andrea is the founder of "Smart Money Chicks."
Ellen Cannon
Ellen Cannon Board of Trustees
Ellen Cannon is formerly the Editorial Director of the Financial Services websites at QuinStreet. She has covered personal finance topics as a magazine editor for more than 20 years, including nearly 10 at Bloomberg. Prior to joining QuinStreet Inc., she was the managing editor of, where she covered the range of personal finance issues, and specialized in credit cards.
J.D. Roth
J.D. Roth Board of Trustees
J.D. Roth founded Get Rich Slowly, wrote Your Money: The Missing Manual, created the year-long "Get Rich Slowly" course, and contributed the monthly "Your Money" column to Entrepreneur magazine.
Joe Saul-Sehy
Joe Saul-Sehy Board of Trustees
Joe Saul-Sehy is the founder of the Stacking Benjamins Podcast. He is a former financial advisor and appeared twice weekly as the “Money Man” at Detroit television WXYZ-TV.
Jim Wang
Jim Wang Board of Trustees
Jim Wang founded Bargaineering, a 7-figure personal finance blog, and now teaches others how to grow their online businesses.

More organization leaders and trustees will be announced soon!

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