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Count on COUNTRY Financial®

COUNTRY Financial is in your community.

Healthy neighborhoods are the building blocks to a thriving city. That’s why COUNTRY Financial supports many local nonprofit organizations devoted to improving the financial health of neighborhoods.

About the Program

Count on COUNTRY Financial is a community grant program for nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Portland.

Grants are awarded to organizations that provide educational opportunities and resources to help single parents and their children achieve financial security. We support our past and current recipients and their efforts aimed to improving their communities’ financial needs.

Since 2008, COUNTRY Financial has awarded more than $2 million to nonprofit organizations with programs that are improving the financial security of families. The goal of this funding is to help break the cycle of poverty by supporting programs that provide financial education for youth and adults. Read about our 2017- 2018 grant recipients below.

2017-2018 Grant Recipients

100 Black Men of Atlanta

Reaching out to the African American youth community and their parents in Atlanta, 100 Black Men launched Project Success, a post-secondary preparation, mentoring, and tuition assistance program. This initiative teaches financial literacy through wealth building classes, home ownership lessons, and investment strategies.

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

In support of working families and single parents, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity builds affordable, environmentally friendly, quality homes and provides support services that promote successful home purchase and ownership. Their Homeowner Education program, Home Smart, is a comprehensive program that teaches Atlanta Habitat homeowners to save money and make smart financial decisions, become more involved in their children’s education, and be active within their neighborhood associations and communities.

Build Wealth Management

Build Wealth Management is the provider of Family Stabilization Plan, a comprehensive two-year financial assessment, education and counseling program in Minneapolis. The program uses a virtual web-based budgeting system to help families build workable budgets and track their processes.

Center for Changing Lives

The Center for Changing Lives in Chicago focuses on equipping Latino parents and their children with culturally and developmentally appropriate financial education. Tools and strategies for whole family include money conversations, pre-purchase housing counseling and credit and asset building. 

Center for Economic Progress

The Center for Economic Progress in Chicago matches participants with volunteer financial coaches through its Progress Program. The 10 week program empowers participants, the experts of their own finances, to create lasting financial habits.

Chicago Urban League

The Chicago Urban League provides employment readiness training, professional development workshops and financial empowerment education to women and youth in the south and west sides of Chicago through its Success Strategies program.

ClearPoint Financial Solutions

This Atlanta organization launched the Hispanic Center for Financial Excellence (HCFE) aimed at providing first-,second-, and third-generation Spanish-speaking immigrants with financial literacy education and long-term advice and support. The HCFE is focused on helping people build assets, expand buying power, and manage financial risk.

Financial Beginnings

This Portland organization provides free financial education to youth and adults, meant to empower participants to play an active role in their financial well-being. Through the Student Academy of Financial Empowerment project, and partnering with the Portland Community College, Financial Beginnings provides service support for high-risk students to effectively coach them, many whom are single parents, on their financial situations.

HIRED

This Minneapolis/St. Paul organization is one of the most effective workforce development organizations in the area, attributed to the breadth of programs and number of people served. The Career Skills Advantage Workshop Series focuses on soft skills, complementing the technical training provided in other programs. The series hosts financial literacy workshops, outreach activities and provides participant incentives.

HomeStretch Transitional Housing Program

This Atlanta organization guides homeless working families toward self-reliance and stability. HomeStretch promotes financial literacy and enhancement of job-related skills to achieve four goals: stable housing, finances, employment, and families.

Jane Addams Resource Corporation

This Chicago organization’s Center for Working Families (CWF) and Careers in Manufacturing Programs (CMP) provide low-income adults with access to job training that targets strategic skills gaps in manufacturing and bundled support services to help them achieve financial self-sufficiency.

Jeremiah Program

Low-income single mothers and their children can achieve economic independence through the help of the Jeremiah Program, a Minneapolis nonprofit focusing on college education for family stability. The program provides single mothers and their children with a safe and affordable place to live, quality early childhood education, financial literacy skills, and support for career-track education.

Metropolitan Economic Development Association

The Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) conducts a Finance Consulting Program that provides one-on-one financial advising for credit-challenged ethnic minority entrepreneurs in Minnesota. The sessions aim to help entrepreneurs improve credit scores, create bank relations, grow businesses and create jobs.

Minnesota Council on Economic Education

MCEE’s mission is dedicated to providing training and curriculum for teachers and programming to individuals to provide Minnesotans with the economic and personal finance knowledge needed to function in society. MCEE works with AGAPE High School staff, a St. Paul public school for young, single mothers, to help these young parents gain personal finance knowledge, develop financial decision-making skills, and experience positive behavior change to increase the financial security of their families.

Model Cities

The Fiscally Fit program, supported by Model Cities in St. Paul. Minn., provides formerly homeless single parent households and low-income households with financial education and coaching services. During the two phase course participants take part in a workshop series that focuses on money management, debt and financial planning and, then engage in one-on-one counseling sessions to develop financial goal plan.

Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation

This Portland organization provides financial capability education and counseling to adults in the underserved areas of the Portland metro area. Their LifeLine program is an introductory financial capability course that helps people of all incomes, especially those below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), to gain important knowledge, skills, and tools in order to become financially stable.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago

In partnership with The Greater Chatham Initiative and multiple entities within the Housing Resource Center, NHS is focused on restoring the local housing market and assisting with revitalization efforts. The new Protecting Your Assets initiative will educate residents on how to preserve/improve their homes and plan for their family’s estate.

North Lawndale Employment Network

Based in Chicago, NLEN’s Financial Opportunity Center program provides long-term financial planning to low-income individuals. Their Youth Financial Empowerment program educates youth and parents through a combination of workshops and counseling. 

Northwest Side Housing Center

Northwest Side Housing Center’s Women Forward Chicago program targets low- and moderate-income women to provide life skills such as financial stability for mothers, grandmothers, guardians and their children. Women make progress toward financial goals, build confidence, connect with essential community resources and become more financially secure through an educational and therapeutic approach.

Spanish Coalition for Housing

This Chicago organization provides single parents with financial literacy, education, asset development, and individual financial counseling. The Spanish Coalition for Housing (SCH) provides financial stability workshops highlighting topics including: budgeting, savings, checking accounts, credit cards, and net worth.

Urban League of Greater Atlanta

Project Ready, a financial literacy and career readiness program provided by the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, motivates underserved low-income students to complete their high-school education to pursue education and careers in high-growth and high-demand fields. The Project Ready Parent Financial Empowerment Academy offers 12 workshops on employment, financial literacy, homeownership and entrepreneurship.

Warrick Dunn Charities

Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) is a program provided by Atlanta’s Warrick Dunn Charities (WDC) which supports economically disadvantaged single parents to help them achieve financial independence. Their initiative, Count on Your Future, promotes single parent participation in investment accounts through a series of seminars.