News & Updates from Make A Difference - Wisconsin

August 2016 - in this edition:
What does financial freedom look like? 

You may not have met Wendasha, but your impact on her life is immeasurable. So, who is Wendasha? She's a recent graduate from MPS and one of our thousands of annual Money Sense participants. Wendasha is also much more prepared for her future thanks to volunteers, educators and supporters just like you. We think you'll be inspired by Wendasha' bubbly personality and positive outlook on the future. 

Watch's Wendasha's inspiring story and see the impact your involvement has on our community.
What the CEO of PayPal gets right about tech in financial education
Noelia, left, talks about the finances of living independently with her Money Coach Janet Rortverdt. More than tech, mentoring programs like Money Coach are key to establishing good financial behaviors for teenagers. 

There's no denying it: technology runs much of our lives. To hear some people talk, you'd think apps and gadgets will solve all our problems in the time it takes for you to find that next Pokemon stop. Thankfully, one big-time tech leader has joined the call to improve financial literacy with mentoring and fundamental resources instead of apps. Recently, I wrote about why I think Daniel Schulman is right on the money. 
Feature Volunteer: Barb McNulty, an advocate for teens in Racine

It's the middle of summer on a gorgeous sunny day and a group of just-graduated teens are voluntarily inside a classroom, asking questions about credit and online banking. Barb McNulty, long-time financial literacy volunteer, has that effect on people. It's part of the reason we're featuring Barb in a new series that spotlights our dedicated, compassionate volunteers
Barb McNulty leads a summer lesson on credit with recently graduated seniors from Racine's The Prairie School.
Words with friends: tell us what you think about us in this quick survey       

When you think of Make A Difference - Wisconsin, what comes to mind? We'd love for you to tell us in this quick, three-question survey. Your input will help us to strengthen our messaging and improve how we share the stories of success from thousands of teenagers. Take this survey & give your thoughts on how we share our mission.
Thank you John, Nina, Linda and Margaret!  

In July, we parted with four of our vanguard board members. John McDonald, Nina Johnson, Linda Edmondson and Margaret MacLeod Brahm have each been excellent advocates for our financial literacy mission. From the classroom to our marketing materials and beyond, these outgoing board members exemplify the best of what it means to become engaged in your community. The good news is that they will remain active in other support roles. 
John, Mar, Nina & Linda: thank you so much for your time, energy and compassion! 

John McDonald
former board president

Margaret MacLeod Brahm

Nina Johnson

Linda Edmondson
Coming in October ... our Appreciation Reception & "birthday party"          

On Thursday, October 20th, we will hold our annual Appreciation Reception event for the volunteers, educators and supporters who make what we do possible. The event, to be held again at MillerCoors, will double as a "birthday party" for our 10 years in financial literacy. Please save the date and keep on the lookout for an official invite.

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These great supporters help make teens "money smart". Thank you!
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Racine Community Foundation

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WaterStone Bank

Albert & Flora Ellinger Foundation

Anon Charitable Trust

Dorothy Inbusch Foundation

Ettinger Family Foundation

Evinrude Foundation

Helfaer Foundation

Herb Kohl Charities

Krause Family Foundation

Krause Woodhaven Foundation
KLCM Advisors, Inc.

Mosher Family Foundation

Peck Foundation

Priebe Family Foundation

Rita Stevens Charitable Trust

Stella H. Jones Foundation

Tate Family Foundation

Waukesha County Community Foundation

Weiss Family Foundation