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Since 2005, Financial Beginnings has taught 135,000 youth and adults in partnership with over 250 schools and nearly 100 community-based organizations throughout Oregon.

Financial Beginnings is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that teaches individuals how to play an active role in their financial well-being. Developing this knowledge increases available life opportunities such as home ownership, higher education, and secure retirement.

Financial Beginnings affiliates invest in their communities' financial well-being and quality of life. Our programs serve all groups, but focus on populations most in need.

Financial Beginnings is the pathway to a financially literate nation.

  • Promotes self-sufficiency by teaching individuals how to proactively improve their financial health.
  • Supports un- and underbanked individuals in accessing and participating in financial services.
  • Increases equitable opportunities for economic advancement by prioritizing low-income and underserved communities.
  • Provides age-appropriate financial education that meets or exceeds state-specific standards.
  • Enhances financial resiliency among underserved populations.
  • Creates communities within which the need for financial education is recognized, and all sectors work collaboratively towards increased financial literacy.

Financial Beginnings offers a simple and full-service approach to program delivery.

State Standards: Curricula exceed established personal finance content standards.

Trained Volunteers: Industry professionals are trained to teach programs in partnership with schools and community groups.

Learning Materials: Participants receive a resource guide filled with valuable financial lessons for use during the program and to take home.

Simple Registration: Schools and community groups register online. Financial Beginnings takes care of the rest.

"I learned that financial goals are a good thing for people to have. I made a short-term goal of getting a new car once I graduate and a long-term goal of owning a home." - Student Participant