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Money Smart Initiative DeKalb County, 2021

October 19th, 2020
Categories: Adults, Educational Connections, Kids, News, Personal Enrichment, Personal Enrichment, Retirement, Seniors, Teen, Tweens
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Kishwaukee United Way, DeKalb Public Library, and local partners offer the national Money Smart Week (MSW) initiative in DeKalb, LaSalle, and Lee County communities. This initiative brings together businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies, and the media to share information and resources on personal finance topics.

Online resources are available throughout the year for all ages, with information sessions and youth activities scheduled throughout April (National Financial Literacy Month) each year.

Our local 2021 MSW is shared online via:

  • Kishwaukee United Way website & Facebook page
  • DeKalb Public Library website & Facebook page
  • Money Smart Week – DeKalb Facebook page

Money Smart Week is a coordinated effort to promote free financial literacy through the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago & the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The national initiative is an annual event held during Financial Literacy Month (April) with online resources available all year for every age group!

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Virtual Event on Home Buying

Whether you are a first-time home buyer or searching to downsize, local experts are here to help navigate the DeKalb real estate market. The realtors will discuss the process of buying a home- from finding a mortgage company to negotiating an offer to the closing table.

Click here to register for this free, virtual event provided by Tiffany Dallas, Realtor, at Century 21 Affiliated and Stephanie Hunter, Mortgage Loan Originator at FNB Mortgage Group. Held on Saturday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m.

Virtual Events

The following virtual events will be presented by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission during Money Smart Week. You must register for all virtual events through the library. Once registered you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom credentials.

Ongoing Activities

During Financial Literacy Month (April) each year, there are activities and competitions to engage youth in learning more about personal finance topics!

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in lending ideas or providing resources for the initiative, assisting with marketing the initiative, or providing a video information session for next April, contact us!

Online Resources for all Ages

Links to resources offering games, activities, information, organizations that provide community resources programs, and curriculum/teaching materials are listed below and featured on three Facebook (FB) pages:

Money Smart Week – DeKalb FB, Kishwaukee United Way FB, and DeKalb Public Library FB


*Teachers should consider resources in the Student section as well.


College Students


Adults and Consumer Groups

Podcasts, Blogs, & Webinars

  • NEW! CARE Blog: Letter to my Teenage Self-Money Lessons
  • Planet Money – an American podcast and blog produced by NPR. Using “creative and entertaining” dialogue and narrative, Planet Money claims to be “The Economy Explained”
  • The Dough Roller Money Podcast – a finance podcast for easy-to-understand advice and guidance on managing your money. We discuss personal finance, retirement, money tools, resources, best practices for saving, debt reduction, investing and so much more!
  • Listen, Money Matters – Andrew and Thomas offer uncensored, straight shooter advice every week over a cold beer. Listen, Money Matters covers tough topics without all the lecturing and while making room for real life.
  • Stacking Benjamins – an award-winning podcast that focuses on helping others build wealth. Hosted by Joe Saul-Sehy and characters known as the Other Guy and crazy Neighbor Doug, this podcast offers financial education sometimes disguised as comedy–all from Saul-Sehy’s mom’s basement.
  • Webinar –  by Cindy Ivanac-Lillig, Economic Outreach Specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Partners and Contact Information

If you have questions, would like to volunteer to offer a virtual session, or have resources to share online, please contact Gretchen Sprinkle, executive director of Kishwaukee United Way at (815) 756-7522.

All sessions, resources, and information are provided without cost to the public and are offered without compensation or benefit to the partner organizations/volunteers.

Money Smart Week (MSW) partners are individuals, businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies, and media outlets that actively participate on the planning committee and/or during April. Partners provide educational materials, presenters, workshops or seminars, facilities to host events, sponsor events, promotional materials, prizes for youth activities or student competitions, or assist in marketing the initiative. We would like to thank our partners for their role in Money Smart Week!