WASHINGTON (4/2/13)--Just before the calendar page flicked to April, President Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation declaring it National Financial Capability Month in 2013.
"All Americans deserve the chance to turn their hard work into a decent living for their families and a bright future for their children. Seizing that opportunity takes more than drive and initiative -- it also requires smart financial planning.
"During National Financial Capability Month, we recommit to empowering individuals and families with the knowledge and tools they need to get ahead in today's economy," the president said in the proclamation. He cited www.MyMoney.gov and ConsumerFinance.gov as government resources for consumers' financial education.
As reported in News Now (April 1), credit unions are taking this week's kickoff of National Financial Literacy Month seriously, with activities aimed at educating about finances and reemphasizing the value of credit unions. For instance, the National Credit Union Foundation's Financially Fit Day will occur Wednesday, when credit unions can raise funds to support financial education.
Credit unions also will be participating in two annual national efforts sponsored by the Credit Union National Association: National Credit Union Youth Week, April 21-27, and the National Youth Saving Challenge.
And while Financial Literacy Month gives credit unions a good chance to shine a spotlight on their financial education efforts, many are dedicated to helping their members achieve financial fitness 12 months a year, with organizational commitments to financial education.
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