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Delaware Financial Literacy Institute

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Financial Counseling, Human Services, Urban & Community Economic Development

Mission: The Delaware Financial Literacy Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to help individuals--especially those of low to moderate income--become equipped with the tools to get their financial lives in order so that they can become self-sufficient and enjoy financial well-being over time.

Results: * Over 700 classes, events and programs across the state * More than 800 Delaware women - and men! took control of their finances with 25,000 financial education hours * More than 300 entrepreneurs attended 2012 CODE Conference * More than 4,000 young savers participated with sixty school "banks" through partnership with University of Delaware

Target demographics: To help individuals, especially those of low to moderate income in Delaware

Geographic areas served: New Castle, Kent & Sussex Counties

Programs: The Money School - A program that offers over 600 FREE community-based financial education classes annually across the state. From Purses to Portfolios - A program encourages participants to pursue on-going FREE financial education through The Money School. CODE - Provides the Delaware small business community and the public with support and networking opportunities. BANK AT SCHOOL - A program that teaches children about money management by providing real banking experiences. Youth Programs - DFLI has programs that teach elementary, middle and high school students financial skills and entrepreneurship. Savings Programs - A program that provides certified credit counselors to help individuals understand and improve their credit situation, and financial coaches to help them take charge of their financial future.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Why I support DFLI~The Money School as a Board Member.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Why I've supported DFLI~The Money School for many years.

Donor

Rating: 5

Why I support DFLI as a public servant and funder.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Why I support DFLI~The Money School as a small business program participant.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Delaware Financial Literacy Institute and The Money School provide valuable programs to the community. Helping individuals learn to manage their money for many different purposes, such as, starting a business, buying a home, saving for the future, and planning retirement. Ronni and her Team also support Veterans and Small Business owners through additional educational & support programs. Check out DFLI and The Money School for the many varied programs & support they have provided to the community for over 17 years! www.dfli.org
~Yvette O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been involved with the DFLI, since 2003. As a small business owner, DFLI has provided countless opportunities for me to earn, learn and grow my business. I have benefited from entrepreneurship conferences and programs, the financial management programs for my business and personal matters and built an incredibly powerful network of friends and referrals.
Their impact is felt throughout the entire state of Delaware. The countless stories of people who have become financially fit, because of the hundreds of classes available, are too many to mention here.

Shannon B.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Delaware Financial Literacy Institute helped me learn about my credit score and how to improve it. They were nonjudgmental and accessible.

goldielocks

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has become a premier financial training program for many Delawareans. I have watched over the years how this organization has become a well-oiled machine in teaching people how to manage their money, how to get out of debt, how to face life's hardships and move on to a better life. Many of the participants have become successful entrepreneurs running their own businesses. It is so inspiring to see the pride they take in becoming what they only dreamed about in years past. I know that my donation dollars are being well-spent. I am proud to be a small part of this organization in my small way.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization works very hard to give everyone a chance to learn how to manage their financial lives. By using leaders with expertise in each aspect of financial management, we can gain the knowledge to lead more satisfying and fulfilling lives. It's my philosophy that most domestic arguments are about money. When we learn to manage our money better, then we are happier people with much less stress in our lives. It is a great accomplishment to see your debt decrease and your savings increase. That is the goal of this organization. They hold informative, educational and inspiring classes and conferences and they keep expanding their programs with great ideas for the future. I have learned a lot from the classes I have attended and I appreciate all the hard work the staff invests in making this happen.

Patricia Kasey P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have always been a fan of DFLI. I have attended many free financial literacy classes over the years. Because of a DFLI event, I met Audrey Scott-Hynson, who has helped me progress from a business idea to full fledged business entity!

Board Member

Rating: 5

An amazing organization offering an incredible array of classes for all ages.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I work with K-12 students and their teachers every day with financial literacy. Often, students come to class and ask questions that their parent or grandparent told them to ask. It doesn't matter if you are 5 or 75, financial literacy is extremely important. The Delaware Financial Literacy Institute does an amazing job at reaching adults (and kids too) with classes and resources to help everyday people make improvements in their daily lives. Whether it's about protecting your credit, getting out of debt, or starting a business, DFLI has a program to fit the needs of almost everyone.

1 Debbie213

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The DE $ School provides a wide variety of excellent resources and opportunities for people of all ages to become financially strong no matter what their background. From online or in person workshops to whole day events, the DE $ School is a model resource that I wish other states offered. I reside in neighboring PA and despite the distance both me and my teen daughters have benefited from the programs they offer.

1 Lisa572

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Money School does more that teach money skills. Through continuous education, it allows you to develop your skills, ask questions, and continue learning. It reaches out to women that often neglect themselves for others. Their courses reach a range of knowledge!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Classes offered at the Money School empowered me to make the right decisions to financial freedom.

1 Queon J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Money School has been a great partner and supporter of Summer J. Artisan Ice Pops LLC. and other small businesses. As they continually provide resources and learning work shops that are essential for personal and professional sucess.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Money School gave me a foundation for my finances, a circle of wise and trusted friends, and helped me grow as a professional and as an investor! The work they do is fantastic, and I frankly wish everyone could have classes and mentors like this to guide them in the path to their successful financial futures!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the years I have attended many Money School classes and seminars and have found the teachers and advisors to be knowledgeable.
In it's early years it was envisioned to help women have a better understanding of financial matters that traditionally we were not as exposed to as men, but the concept has grown and the classes are varied, geared to many levels and good for any gender.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was an excellent financial workshop , hope to be able assist others in need

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have had great learning experiences attending the money schools sessions . I have meet acquaintances and have had the opportunity to use what I learned after each session .The best class I like is budgeting , because one instructor stated if you write down every dime you spend you will be able to keep track of your out going money what worked for me was he stated do it just one day at a time my brain was able to wrap around this small concept lol.
Levine Coates

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Donor

Rating: 5

DFLI is truly a great nonprofit. They have an dedicated staff who produce a wide variety of fabulous financial education programs and events throughout the year for the entire State of Delaware. The largest programs and perhaps most well known are the From Purses to Portfolios Program and The Money School. "Purses" is financial education designed for women and The Money School offers almost 700 free financial education classes annually - both are wonderful resources that build up our community in such difficult economic times. Check them out....www.dfli.org