Winthrop Joins Other Institutions for Money Smart Week Programming

April 21, 2016

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bullet point This is the first year the Money Smart Week program will have a presence in North Carolina.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA — Winthrop University is one of 40 nonprofits, banks and local libraries participating in the annual Money Smart Week (MSW) public awareness program. This is the first year the program will have an official presence in North Carolina, led by a planning team of financial institutions, community organizations and libraries.

Money Smart Week is a national public awareness campaign created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago that takes place April 23-30. The team has planned dozens of free programs and activities aimed at helping consumers to better manage their personal finances. Events include storytelling by the Charlotte Mecklenburg library and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, GeoCache for College Cash, an outdoor geocache scavenger-hunt contest held at local colleges, and adult classes on topics including spending plans, managing student debt and retirement.

Co-chairs for the planning team in the state are the North Carolina Council for Economic Education (NCCEE) and Ally Financial.

"For 13 years, Money Smart Week has inspired financial institutions, schools, libraries, nonprofits and government agencies throughout the country to come together to make an impact in local communities," said Alejo Torres, senior outreach manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. "We are grateful for the partnership of so many organizations in North Carolina and are looking forward to the many programs that will take place here in April."

Money Smart Week began as a one-city program in Chicago and has grown to all 50 states, with more than 4,000 events and 150,000 participants annually. Ally Financial and NCCEE are pleased with the response of organizations to join the 2016 North Carolina planning team.

Organizations participating in Money Smart Week in North Carolina are:

Ally Financial
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte
Bladen Community College
Bragg Financial Advisors
Braswell Memorial Library
Cabarrus County Public Library
Center for Smart Financial Choices
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Cumberland County Public Library
Cumberland County Public Library, Hope Mills Branch
Dress for Success Charlotte
Durham Technical Community College
Equipping Wise Managers - Crown Financial Ministries
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Financial Planning Association of Charlotte
First National Bank of Shelby
Forsyth County Public Library
Harris YMCA
Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas
McCrorey YMCA
National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Queen City Metropolitan Chapter
NC Department of State Treasurer
New Hanover County Public Library
North Carolina Bankers Association
North Carolina Central University
North Regional Library
Northwestern Mutual
Perry Memorial Library
Rowan Public Library
Sherrills Ford Branch Library
Spring Lake Branch
Stanly County Public Library
Stratford Richardson YMCA
Thomasville Public Library
Topics Education
Urban League of Central Carolinas
Wehnwood Wellness Group
Wells Fargo Bank
Winthrop University

For more information, or to participate in Money Smart Week, visit

About Money Smart Week
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. Partnering Organizations will host their events April 23 - 30, 2016. More information at

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