Springboard Nonproft Consumer Credit Management Receives an Educational Grant from the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies

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Agency's Mobile Education Outreach and E-Learning Initiatives Will Benefit from Grant Award

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The grant will help further Springboard’s purpose to deliver personal finance education and individual counseling on the full spectrum of credit and money management issues.

Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management, Inc., (Springboard) is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of an educational grant from the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies (AICCCA). The $14,875 grant will be used to support Springboard’s financial literacy education outreach conducted throughout Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. In addition, a portion of the grant will be used to support Springboard’s Financial Instructional Training (FIT) Academy, an Internet-based learning portal that consumers nationwide may access 24-hours a day, 7 days a week from the comfort and privacy of their home or from any mobile device at a time convenient for their schedules. Springboard is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community service organization that works to strengthen communities and improve the lives of consumers by offering services that promote financial literacy, stable homeownership and a healthy economy.

“We’re very happy to be selected as a recipient of this grant award,” said Melinda Opperman, Springboard’s senior vice president. “The grant will help further Springboard’s mission to deliver personal finance education and individual counseling on the full spectrum of credit and money management issues,” said Opperman.    

The majority of participants in Springboard’s financial education and financial wellness programs are individuals and families from low and moderate income households. Springboard’s team of certified consumer credit educators provide face-to-face workshops on a wide range of money matters, including budgeting, using credit wisely and identity theft awareness and prevention. The grant will be used to support Springboard’s Mobile Outreach Valuable Education (M.O.V.E.) initiative wherein its team of educators travels to various public venues, including community centers, high schools, colleges and universities to deliver face-to-face financial literacy workshops. Springboard’s M.O.V.E. initiative also includes an annual youth poster contest and a series of workshops geared towards women called P.E.A.R.L.S., which stands for Preserving, Earning and Acquiring Real Life Skills.

In an ongoing effort to raise awareness of the importance of financial literacy at an early age, Springboard sponsors an annual financial literacy poster contest for students in 3rd through 12th grade. The annual contest combines creative expression with important lessons on financial matters.

Springboard’s FIT Academy is available 24/7 and is an excellent teaching tool for educators and a great source of extra credit for students learning about important money matters. Consumers can access Springboard’s FIT Academy at (http://credit.org/blog/courses/).

In 2011, Springboard’s certified consumer credit educators conducted more than 400 financial literacy workshops and educated more than 6,000 consumers.

“The grant will provide critical funding to our education and community outreach programs,” said Opperman. “We’re thrilled that we will be able to help even more consumers.”

About Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management
SPRINGBOARD® Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit personal financial education and counseling organization founded in 1974. Springboard is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency and a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a national organization of nonprofit credit counseling agencies, and a member of the Association of Independent Credit Counseling Agencies. The agency offers personal financial education and assistance with credit counseling, housing counseling, debt and money management through educational programs and confidential counseling. Springboard is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, signifying the highest standards for agency governance, fiscal integrity, counselor certification and service delivery policies. The agency provides pre-bankruptcy counseling and debtor education as mandated by the bankruptcy reform law. The agency offers nationwide phone counseling services and has locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, South Carolina and Massachusetts for in-person counseling sessions. Not all types of counseling are available in-person at all locations, please call for details. For more information on Springboard, call 800.449.9818 or visit their web site at http://www.credit.org.

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