Announcing the Fall 2019 Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announced the recipients of the Plutus Foundation’s 2019 grants! We received a significant number of outstanding applicants for this round, and, after careful consideration, these two programs were selected:

Talk Money to Me

This program, run by Kara Perez, is a pop up event where women and non-binary people can come together to learn financial tools and tips to help them address their specific needs.

Most personal finance advice is aimed at straight couples or men, and doesn’t address the challenges these two groups face. We’ll gather for a full day to discuss negotiation, debt pay off, investing and money management with an eye to the truths of life as a marginalized population.

About the Founder

Kara Perez is the CEO and founder of Bravely Go, and will be the organizer of “Talk Money to Me.” Kara founded Bravely Go is 2017 after paying off her own student loan debt on part time income and blogging about her journey towards financial education on a low income.

The child of an immigrant and raised by a single mother, Kara feels strongly that the world of personal finance can do so much more to be inclusive and to reach the United States most vulnerable populations.

Dollars and Good Sense

Dollars and Good Sense is a live, two-day, “whole family” financial wellness seminar for families in Kelso and Longview, Washington, two of the poorest cities in the entire state.

The innovative approach is two-fold: 1) to teach core money skills to the entire family – at the same time (in their best learning language) and 2) to engage hurting families with positive core financial literacy that is FUN, safe and guided with caring professionals.

About the Founder

Debbie Todd is a licensed CPA and certified financial education instructor who works with several community groups helping people get a basic understanding of family financials. She also has a successful business in the valley. Debbie has been working with youths and adults as an instructor of financial literacy for over 20 years and has developed great methods including interactive teaching, games and workbooks to ensure students grasp the concepts needed to survive and thrive in today’s financial world.

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