CAJ$ & CalCPA Co-Sponsored Financial Literacy Program

In addition to CalCPA’s year-round Financial Literacy program offerings, we have traditionally offered a spring event that CAJ$ has co-sponsored or supported in some way. Over the years the target audiences have varied and the event titles have included Financial Literacy “Summits”, “FL Conference for Educators” and “FL Roundtables”.

In our most recent collaboration for 2017-18, we created “Smart Money Forums” with the intention to travel out to six established groups around the state rather than holding one event requiring people to come to us. The program design matured into being delivered in a variety of formats and to a variety of CA organizations/audiences that have not been our typical target audience.

As a result of this year’s CalCPA effort and CAJ$ co-sponsorship, we were able to increase the number of programs offered around the state. Some of the programs were also supported by the California & Nevada Credit Union Leagues where their local credit unions ran their “Bite of Reality” program. This combined support allowed six proposed programs to become ten. Thank you CAJ$ for your continued collaboration.

  • University of Redlands on October 20, 2017 – Supported by the “Bite of Reality” program – General students
  • University of the Pacific over a four-day period on October 30, November 1, November 6 and 8, 2017 – Incoming freshman students.? Supported by the “Bite of Reality” program.
  • ACAP, a minority based high School career program - held at Cal State University, East Bay on November 11, 2017.
  • YMCA of Orange County– employee financial literacy seminar on March 28, 2018. Topics included budgeting, setting and achieving financial goals.
  • Cal State University, East Bay on May 14 in conjunction with Senator Bob Wieckowski and with San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen – General students.
  • Women’s Shelter of Long Beach on May 9, 2018 – budgeting and saving financial literacy workshop for shelter clients
  • Larkin Street Youth Services– employee financial literacy training on May 15 & 22 and June 5 & 12, 2018.
  • Assembly member Shirley Weber sponsored a program on July 13 at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills on CPA careers and financial literacy during 2018 African American Leaders for Tomorrow Conference - Local high school students.
  • Kern County College Night on September 10, 2018 – Don’t be Swamped with Student Loan Debt - Local high school students.
  • Cal State University, Sacramento on September 19 – Six Keys to Financial Success for College Students – General students.

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Who We Are:

The California Jump$tart Coalition is a not-for-profit, volunteer group with hundreds of organizations and individuals representing businesses, government agencies, non-profits and educators across the State. The purpose of the Coalition is to improve the quality of life in California by teaching young people how to succeed with money, including organization, earning, spending, saving, investing and credit.

Our mission is to improve the personal financial literacy of California's youth. To accomplish this we act as a facilitator, bringing together the resources generated by members who share our mission. Our members are individuals and organizations who recognize and support the lifetime benefits of personal financial education, including teachers, corporations, CPA's, banks, credit unions, not-for-profit organizations, school administrators, school districts, boards of education, parents and students.

The California Jump$tart Coalition is a not for profit, Section 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy (IRS determination letter is available upon request).

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Who We Serve

The beneficiaries of our efforts are our youth. While the need for financial education applies equally to all Californians, many of our members focus on the low-to-moderate income students (for financial institution members in support of their Community Reinvestment goals). We work with both the providers of financial education as well as our teachers and organizations that deliver programs that follow national standards.

Our Funding

We depend on contributions to fuel our programs. We would appreciate your financial or "in-kind" support. You may make either a contribution to our general fund, provide us with grants for specific initiatives, or become a sponsor of one of our events (Details follow on the next page). Donations can be made through our website at:

Or, your check can be mailed to:

California Jump$tart Coalition
C/O Laurie Mitchell, Treasurer
1284 Roanoke Rd
San Marino CA 91108


There is no cost to become a member of the Coalition. Sign-up by visiting our website at: Note: Any party or organization that makes a donation will automatically be added to our membership list.

Key Projects and Funding Needs

(Interested parties should contact us at: to confirm availability)

Teacher Resource Brochures

Tri-fold brochures for Northern and Southern California that list key resources with contact information for teachers who want to incorporate personal financial education curriculum in their classrooms.

Sponsorship Opportunity - $5,000 ($2,500 each)

"Ten Ways" Bookmarks for Students

Reprinting of popular "Ten Ways to Make your Friends Wish They Knew as Much about Money as You Do" for teens. Printed in English and Spanish and distributed to teens through schools and other organizations.

Sponsorship Opportunity - $3,000 per language

California Jump$tart Educator Awards

Four awards ($1,500 each plus $250 for plaques) are given annually to California educators who have brought personal finance education into their classrooms. Nominations come from parents, principals, community leaders and financial literacy advocates across the state and are voted on by the Coalition Board of Directors. Fourteen such awards have been granted over past three years.

Sponsorship Opportunity - $1750 x 4 = $7,000 annually

Financial Smarts for Teachers

Before they can be comfortable teaching students, teachers need to feel confident in their own money management skills. This program provides teachers with the basics of personal finance targeted for their own personal use. Over 600 California educators statewide have undertaken program, conducted in partnership with the California Council on Economic Education and the California Society of CPAs.

Sponsorship Opportunity - $25,000 annually to educate 150 teachers

California Jump$tart E-Newsletter

Monthly e-newsletter distributed to over 1,100 California personal financial education advocates, educators, and Coalition members. This would provide resources for us to collect, collate, and write content, develop and distribute the E-Newsletter.

Sponsorship Opportunity – 6 months - $900/ 12 months $1600

California Jump$tart Website

Financial resources for content development and management of the Coaliton's, Internet web site: This will enable us to provide California resources for teachers and parents. It will also enable us to provide information about Coalition and member events and personal financial education and literacy news. Our sponsor will receive recognition on our website, which had more than 80,000 hits in 2010.

Sponsorship Opportunity – 12 months - $10,000

Member Meetings

Host a semi-annual meeting for financial literacy advocates in California. We hold a minimum of one in Northern California and one in Southern California each year. Attendance ranges between 45 -80 members.

Sponsorship Opportunity - $1,000 per meeting

General Funding

The all-volunteer Coalition operates on a small annual budget, but does need financial resources in order to fulfill its mission and objectives. Unrestricted donations and grants of any amount are appreciated.