April 2017 news and updates:
All in: how a team of local financial services employees helped to empower a school

Shaleah wasn't so sure that banks were able to protect customers' money from something like a robbery or computer hacker.

That's when Kuntal Patel, of Wells Fargo, was able to step in and start a conversation on the FDIC and consumer protections with Shaleah, a junior at Milwaukee's James Madison Academic Campus. 

The conversation was part of a wider effort by Wells Fargo employees to "empower a school." Read here for more and to find out how your organization can get involved.

Shaleah, a junior, discusses banking and identity theft with Kuntal Patel, a Money Sense volunteer at JMAC.
How financial education fits into justice and equity for our communities

Kenique, left, a senior at Washington H.S. of I.T., talks about starting his first bank account with Money Coach volunteer Laura Barry, a financial advisor with Bronfman E.L. Rothschild.

April is Financial Literacy Month. It should mean much more than the basics of banking or a list of savings tips.
Brenda Campbell, President and CEO, shares her belief in the wider possibilities for community change from teaching teens about money. Click here to read and share.  
Select Money Coach students network with local business leaders

Money Coach student Payton, in yellow at right, networks and hears real-world advice from local business leaders at the latest "Your Two Cents" event in Milwaukee.

"Money Coach put the focus back on saving for me."

Ryan, an alum of our Money Coach program, 
shared his lasting thoughts during a networking event with local business leaders. Current Money Coach participants and alumni talked with professionals from the Milwaukee Bucks, Fiserv, PwC, Core Creative, Baird, Aurora, MGIC & more in the flash mentoring event. 

Volunteers: more online banking (and more to come on appreciation week) 

To meet the needs of students and volunteers, we've expanded the online banking section in our "Bank Your Future" lesson.  To stay on top of all curriculum changes, check out online training: 
1) Click on the "Volunteer Log In" link at the top right of our website
2) Sign in with your volunteer log in email and password. 
3) Click on the "Online Training" link on the left. 
4) Follow instructions to watch videos on updated curriculum.

P.S. You may be looking for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Week emails. We didn't forget you! This year, we moved our volunteer appreciation week to June. That way, we'll have more giveaways and stories to share with our entire volunteer base. 

Liz Schanz, volunteer, leads a recent Money Sense lesson for juniors at Milwaukee's Golda Meir High School.
Supporter spotlight: finding a "perfect match" with your company's giving 

Stephanie, senior at Ronald Reagan College Preparatory H.S., recently detailed what she learned in our Money Sense lessons on credit.

During his wedding, David Fitzpatrick gave us a reason to celebrate. At his wedding last summer, David asked friends and family to contribute to Make A Difference - Wisconsin. Then, he doubled this generosity by connecting the contributions with the matching program at his employer, Robert W. Baird. Here's why David chose us for a match on his wedding day.

"As a volunteer with Make A Difference, I knew that increasing this donation through my company's gift matching program meant more students could have people in their classrooms to learn these important financial skills."

Interested in contributing to our mission with a matching gift like David's? Ask your company's human resources department if Make A Difference - Wisconsin is one of their "approved" charities. If it's not, our Development & Design Manager, Rebecca Murray, may be able to work with them to add us. 
Reach Rebecca here:  rebecca@makeadifferencewisconsin.org 

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