Money Smart Week – April 18 – 25, 2015


Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance.

Locally, Money Smart Week is coordinated through a volunteer committee comprised of local financial institutions, nonprofits and government agencies working together to promote financial literacy.

Below is a list of local committee organized events occurring during Money Smart Week from April 18 – 25, 2015. In addition, dozens of local partner events are planned and will soon be listed at the Money Smart Week website.

If you are interested in hosting a Money Smart Week event, MSW partners can provide a wide-range of presentations ranging from credit management to identity theft. All presentations provided by Money Smart Week partners are non-commercial.

Local Collaborative Events

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 : Money Smart Week Economic Outlook Lunch and Learn for the Non-Profit Sector

Capital Area Money Smart Week Committee, United Way of Central Illinois and PNC Bank present:


Mekael Teshome is assistant vice president and economist for The PNC Financial Services Group. He is responsible for contributing to PNC’s regional, national and international economic analysis. Teshome focuses on state and metropolitan economies within PNC’s core economic footprint as well as industry analysis. Teshome has a master’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies from Taylor University.

Teshome will be speaking specifically to the economic outlook for Springfield and Midwest Region, and how it relates to nonprofit organizations.

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00PM

Scheels Training Center
3801 S. MacArthur Blvd.
Springfield, IL

Cost: Free, registration required. Seating is limited. Lunch provided. Please contact Jarid Brown for additional details.

Lincoln Land Community College Money Smart Week Fair & Geocache for College Cash Contest

On Wednesday, April 22nd, Lincoln Land Community College will host a Money Smart Week fair in the commons area at Menard Hall.  The fair will feature a Geocache for College Cash contest for current LLCC students. Geocache for College Cash is a scavenger hunt type of contest in which students are required to locate 7 MSW posters, scan a code and answer the corresponding question. A winner is then drawn with two scholarships to be awarded to winners.

The event will take place from 10:00am – 1:00pm.

Thank you to Heartland Credit Union, Illini Bank, Marine Bank, PNC Bank, UCB – United Community Bank, U.S. Bank, & Woodforest National Bank for sponsoring this event and the Geocache Scholarships.

Business Education Week

In partnership with the Business Education Partnership, Money Smart Week Partners are participating in Business Education Week 2015.  By participating in the Business Professionals in the Classroom program, partners will experience first-hand how schools operate while providing financial education to students of all ages.

Learn more about this great opportunity at The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Money Smart Week / Day of Action Shred Event

On Friday, April 24th, from 10am – 1pm, Money Smart Week partners are teaming up with UCP Land of Lincoln’s Good for Gone and Habitat for Humanity to host a community shred event.  The event will be held in the parking lot at Habitat for Humanity’s new location: 2744 South 6th Street, Springfield, Illinois.

100% of the proceeds from the event will benefit United Way of Central Illinois’ Community Fund.

University of Illinois Springfield Geocache for College Cash Scavenger Hunt

During Money Smart Week, UIS will host a Geocache for College Cash scavenger hunt for current UIS students. Prizes include a scholarship, gift cards and more.

Thank you to Heartland Credit Union, Illini Bank, Marine Bank, PNC Bank, UCB – United Community Bank, U.S. Bank, & Woodforest National Bank for sponsoring this event and the Geocache Scholarships.

For more partner events and financial education resources, please visit

To learn how your organization can host or participate in a Money Smart Week event, please contact the Capital Area Money Smart Week Partners Chair, Jarid Brown.