Announcing the Plutus Foundation Spring 2019 Grant Recipients

Once again, thank you to everyone who submitted an application for our Spring 2019 grants. We continue to be excited and impressed with amount and diversity in financial literacy and education programs.

This spring, we’re able to support two programs, and we’re pleased to announce these recipients:

Winning Play$

Winning Play$ is a behavior-based financial literacy program that helps students develop healthy attitudes and behaviors around money. They examine how factors such as gender, ethnicity, role-modeling, and media messages play out in their financial beliefs and choices.

Students learn how to move beyond the conditioning that doesn’t serve them. In addition, they master basic financial concepts such as saving, debt management, and investing. We also teach students how to identify the best strategies for paying for college.

The program is also built to Common Core math standards and the Jumpstart Coalition’s national financial education standards.

About the founder.

Stacey Tisdale is a U.S. Department of Education Excellence in Financial Education award recipient who has appeared as a financial journalist and expert on PBS Newshour Weekend, The Today Show, Huffington Post, CNN, CNNI, CBS, and Headline News.

Tisdale also created financial education and life skills programs customized for professional sports teams and corporations including the Washington Mystics of the WNBA, the New York Giants of the NFL, and the female employees of Microsoft. She served on the advisory committee for The Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair for Media, Culture, and Feminist studies at Rutgers University.

Homes on the Hill Financial Capabilities

Homes on the Hill (HOTH) has worked to empower low to moderate income families for over twenty-five years. We began offering financial education and housing counseling services in 1998, and have been a HUD approved housing counseling agency since 2000.

We have offered all of our services in Spanish since 2002. Our mission is to strengthen neighborhoods by providing quality affordable housing, advocacy, education, and supportive services to primarily low and moderate income individuals and families.

We believe that sound financial knowledge is the cornerstone of empowering families in our community. HOTH is a community-based Community Housing Development Organization and neighborhood Community Development Corporation, governed by a board of directors from our community. HOTH staff maintains several financial capability certifications, and meets training and certification guidelines for the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling.

About the program manager.

Daniel Ruggiero has over a decade of experience in mortgage lending, education, and community development. He holds a B.A. from Davidson College and a M.A. from The Ohio State University. Ruggiero was instrumental in creating Homes on the Hill’s Spanish language homebuyer education program in 2002, the first bilingual housing counseling program in Central Ohio. He spent eight years with the Huntington National Bank, where he focused on LMI lending, financial education, and down payment assistance programs for first time homebuyers. Ruggiero has also taught classes at The Ohio State University since 1999.

He returned to Homes on the Hill in 2013 and is now Assistant Director.

Congratulations to this season’s grant recipients. If you are interested in receiving support from the Plutus Foundation for your financial literacy project, subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear when the next round of grants is available for submissions.

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