Announcing the Plutus Foundation Fall 2018 Grant Recipients!

First, a big thank you to everyone who submitted an application for this round of grants. We’re encouraged and excited by the growing amount of financial literacy programs, and we wish we could support even more of them. In fact, we’re working hard to make that happen in the future.

But for now, we’re able to support two programs and we’re pleased to announce these recipients:

Econ Beats

Econ Beats is a classroom project designed by Dr. Abdullah Al-Bahrani at Northern Kentucky University. The goal of the project is for students to express their knowledge of economics and personal finance through a fun and engaging experience. It combines economics, music, and video production in one class assignment — a transdisciplinary project that requires students to work together to create an economics-themed song and video to accompany their work.

About the founder

Abdullah Al-Bahrani is an Associate Professor of Economics at Northern Kentucky University as well as director of the Center for Economic Education at NKU. His research focuses on financial literacy and financial behavior outcomes. as well as how to improve teaching economics and personal finance in the classroom.  Abdullah believes in the importance of free markets and freedom in decision making. An important prerequisite to free markets is access to information, and a healthy access to financial literacy allows individuals to make better decisions for themselves.

His research on financial literacy and financial outcomes has appeared in the Journal of Consumer Affairs, and the Journal of Housing Research. His Research in economic education has focused on how to use social media, active learning, and music to bring economics and personal finance to life. His teaching has earned him awards at Northern Kentucky University and the Haile/US Bank College of Business.

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap is a four-part series focused on important financial literacy issues.  The four-part series includes the following topics:

  • Budgeting
  • Credit
  • Investing
  • Earning Additional Income

The topics on budgeting, credit, and investing are workshop-based and led by an instructor.  The topic on earning additional income is workshop-based and features a panel of leaders that have successfully earned multiple streams of income through a variety of methods.

About the founder

The program manager is Tia Chambers, the founder of Financially Fit & Fab.  Tia is a Certified Financial Education Instructor with over 9 years of experience in the banking, student loan, and investing fields.  She aims to help millennials kick their finances in shape by making more money, saving more money, and building wealth.  After raising her credit score over 150 points and helping her friends with their finances, she decided to help others on a larger scale.

Financially Fit & Fab has been featured in: The Washington Post, AOL.Com Finance Collective, USA Today, ABC News, NerdWallet, and MarketWatch.  Locally, Tia has spoken to groups all over the Midwest like students at DePauw University and Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis, The Urban League Young Professionals, and Jack & Jill of America.  In addition, Tia has been recognized as one of the best and brightest in Indianapolis by the Junior Achievement of Central Indiana for her financial literacy work.

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