Strategic Partnerships

NEFE launched our redesigned strategic partnership initiative in 2022, starting with an announcement at our inaugural Financial Education Innovation & Impact Summit.

The initiative establishes a new research-to-practice laboratory to enable us to champion and advance effective, population-specific practices in financial education and provide guidance and support for the future of the financial education field. We will be making a significant investment in this initiative.

Partnership Projects

GF-partnership-announcement.pngOur first strategic partnerships are in two geographical areas representing different underserved higher education students. We have invested $2.5 million for this collaborative research on financial education programs and services that are tailored to the needs of their unique populations.

The Appalachian College Association focuses on first-generation, rural and lower-income college students in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The 34 colleges of the Association serve 77,000 students.

The Colorado Community College System encompasses all 13 community colleges across the state. The colleges primarily serve a minority population of working adult who study part-time, reaching 111,000 Coloradans. They were chosen due to their strong histories of providing direct services and programs to their respective communities, their ability to implement a pilot program tailored to the needs of their specific populations and their commitment to financial education access.

Appalachian College Association

The member institutions of the Appalachian College Association share a commitment to providing opportunities for higher education to people for whom higher education has not always been available. Our colleges recognize that financial education is an essential part of a holistic education. This support from NEFE will boost our colleges’ ongoing work to prepare students for the careers and lives they will create after graduation. We are especially enthusiastic about the fact that this project will allow the seven participating schools to shape their financial education programs to best fit the students they serve and their existing curriculum and co-curricular programs."
– Beth Rushing, Appalachian College Association president.


“We are thrilled to partner with NEFE to develop online, on-demand financial education courses available from anywhere in the state. By giving Coloradans the tools to successfully manage and understand their financial well-being, we can help them maximize their earning potential and find their footing in a dynamic economic environment.“
– Joe Garcia, Colorado Community College System chancellor.

NEFE Partnerships: A History

Through its partnerships, NEFE has developed financial literacy facilitator’s guides, booklets and web resources for audiences including underserved and minority populations, youth and people faced with various health conditions.

When multiple groups strive to achieve the same goals, we accomplish more through collaboration. We maintain ongoing partnerships with leading national nonprofit organizations in order to reach underserved audiences more directly.

Our nonprofit partners, among others, include:

  • Appalachian College Association
  • Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE)
  • Cherry Blossom Financial Education Institute
  • Colorado Community College System
  • Consumer Federation of America
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
  • Council for Economic Education (CEE)
  • Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC) (Impact Award Winner)
  • Higher Education Financial Wellness Alliance (Innovation Award Winner)
  • Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
  • Knology (Innovation Award Winner)
  • National Association of State Treasurers
  • Society for Financial Education and Professional Development, Inc.

Together, NEFE and its partners address the financial education needs of large groups of Americans. Individual projects emphasize the nation’s underserved, teachers, youth, emerging households and people whose special circumstances can be improved through relevant, practical and customized financial information, education or training.

Media Partners

NEFE supports and encourages journalists from all disciplines to regularly and effectively report on consumer finance issues. Whether you’re a seasoned business writer, freelancer or general assignment reporter, we’re here to help you with your reporting. We offer timely and unique story ideas, surveys and the latest on NEFE’s groundbreaking behavioral research. We provide annual awards to recognize the best in personal finance reporting through our partners at the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

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