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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 nearly $1.5 million to nonprofit organizations with programs that are improving the financial security of families. So far in 2016, nearly 3,500 kids and adults have participated in financial education and many went on to achieve personal milestones! Read about our 2015-2016 grant recipients below.
Count on COUNTRY Grant Program Submissions
Submissions are currently open for the 2016-2017 grant program. Nominations are due by October 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. CST.
2015-2016 Grant Recipients
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.
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.
The Bridge Academy’s Career Exposure and Development Initiative program prepares Georgia students for technical positions in high-demand fields. The program focuses on the importance of money management and financial security to participants who need help graduating high school.
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.
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.
The vision of this Minneapolis organization is to help create a thriving multicultural community enriched with confident and strong Latino families who actively contribute to the community at large. Their Financial Empowerment Services for Single Parents Initiative helps low-income and disadvantaged single parents take steps toward becoming self-sufficient and financially independent.
The mission of FBB is “keeping children safe and families together,” achieving this by nurturing the children and providing support for the parents through classes, home visits and education. FBB serves 750 families living below the poverty line in Marion and Polk counties in Oregon. The Budgeting Basics: The Building Blocks of Financial Literacy program offers monthly classes with a COUNTRY Financial agency manager to parent advisory councils to discuss budgeting, credit scores, savings accounts and more.
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.
Genesis promotes affordable housing, encourages community-based services targeting low- and moderate-income families and individuals in Chicago, and promotes new ways to address issues of economic self-sufficiency. Their Financial Coaching and Wealth Building Project initiative is an extensive and comprehensive training program that will encompass money management, budgeting, credit, and financial planning.
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.
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.
Instituto del Progreso Latino’s Mujer Avanzando: Camino al Éxito (Women Advancing: Pathway to Success) program is designed to help Latina women in Chicago. Many of these women are single parent heads of household, who aim to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
The Urban League of Greater Atlanta (ULGA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enable and empower African Americans and others in underserved communities to achieve their highest human potential and secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights. They launched Project Ready: Post-Secondary Success Program to provide access to post-secondary educational opportunities and ensure the long term financial security and stability of at-risk youth and their families.
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.