2019 Financial Literacy Month Calendar

Financial Literacy Month is a great time to attend free national and local events dedicated to personal finance education.

The federal government officially recognized April as Financial Literacy month in 2004 with the passing of Senate Resolution 316. This followed promotional efforts by the National Endowment for Financial Education and the Jump$tart Coalition. From there, a single day was expanded into a month of empowering financial decision-making for individuals and families.

The rest is history. Including numerous strides in financial literacy in 2018 alone.

Are you ready to take control of your financial literacy journey? Join thousands of Americans who are attending free financial events, conferences, and activities all month long.

Financial Literacy Events

The Annual Conference on Financial Education

When: March 25 – 27, 2019
Where: Denver, Colorado

The Annual Conference on Financial Education is a chance for professionals to come together to celebrate financial education successes. Hosted by the Institute for Financial Literacy, a nonprofit dedicated to financial education and counseling, the conference is an opportunity for attendees to share strategies, tips, and techniques to achieve funding and sustainability in their own programs.

Annually, the conference is attended by 150 professionals in banking, K-12 education, higher education, social services, government, military, and other industries. With attendees from across the U.S., the conference also has a growing international presence with representation from Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Australia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines.

Money Smart Week

When: March 30 – April 6, 2019
Where: Nationwide

In 2001, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago convened the first meeting of the Money Smart Advisory Council. This council was a diverse group of more than 40 Chicago-area organizations that were working together to promote financial literacy. The goal? To share resources and ideas to achieve even greater public awareness of the programs and services available in the Chicagoland area.

One year later, the council organized six days of financial education presentations by financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations, and other financial groups and individuals. All of the programming was uniquely designed with consumers in mind.

This year, partners of the Chicago Fed are hosting events in several cities. Libraries, in particular, are one of the main venues for their public programming. So there’s a good chance that one of these events is in your area. Search for a Money Smart Week event with the convenient zip code search. If you’d prefer to watch webinars and join the digital conversation, follow the hashtag #MSW2019.

One Mission, Many Voices

When: April 3, 2019
Where: Washington, D.C.

One Mission, Many Voices is the 2019 Jump$tart Annual Awards Dinner, which is regularly held during Financial Literacy Month. The night will be dedicated to celebrating individual and organizational achievements in the field of financial literacy education.

This is a great opportunity for professionals to network with the Jump$tart leadership, national partners, state leaders, and local advocates of financial literacy.

Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill

When: April 2019 (Day TBD)
Where: Washington, D.C.

Jump$tart’s Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill, or Hill Day, occurs each year during Financial Literacy Month. Introduced in 2003, Hill Day began as a small gathering hosted by members of congress. Now it has become a public event that attracts hundreds of participants.

Hill Day 2019 will be hosted by representatives Joyce Beatty and Steve Stivers of Ohio. Each year, the venue on Capitol Hill alternates between an office located in the House of Representatives and Senate.

Bottom Line

April is National Financial Literacy Month! Check local college, university, library, and financial institutions for a schedule of free financial literacy events, conferences, and courses. Online financial literacy lessons are another great option, especially if events in your area are lacking.

And be sure to advocate for increased financial literacy programming all year long!

Are you hosting or do you know of a financial literacy event in April? Let’s spread the word on Twitter at @OppUniversity.