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National Extension Money Management

Prepared by Mississippi State University in cooperation with Cooperative Extension Services at Virginia Tech, Kansas State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Utah State University, and the University of Maine with funding from the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, 96-EXCA-3-0442, June 1999. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the federal partner in the Cooperative Extension System, prohibits discrimination in all its programs on basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.

Users Guide

WHAT: The National Extension Money Management Education Framework articulates personal finance principles found in the Family Development and Resource Management Base Program. It outlines a model of National Extension personal finance education providing common ground for extension professionals throughout the Cooperative Extension System.

PURPOSE: By coming together to agree on a common set of goals, we are more likely to harness the great power that exists within our system. By focusing on what we share, we can communicate our goals and priorities more effectively with others at local, state, and federal levels. It is hoped that county extension professionals, state specialists, and administrators will use the Framework to better understand and communicate to others what is believed to be important in personal finance education and to design balanced and comprehensive programs.

FOR WHOM: The Framework provides common language for professionals who design, deliver, and evaluate personal finance education programs; for administrators, advocates, and partners to communicate our priorities both to those inside and outside of Extension who might be unfamiliar with our goals and programs; and for potential collaborators and funders who need to know the scope of personal finance education. It is not meant to be given directly to consumers.

MARKETING: Slots are provided in the back pocket for the insertion of a business card. Sheets of pre-printed paper are provided to enhance the user's marketing efforts such as providing a cover letter when distributing a copy of the Framework. Additional uses for the paper include printing state-specific program marketing flyers, impact reports, or for newsletter master sheets.

DISPLAY: The components for two displays that illustrate the Framework are available for loan by contacting Cherron Smith (csmith@nifa.usda.gov). A board will need to be supplied by the user to complete the display.

ADDITIONAL COPIES: Additional printed copies of the Framework are not available. Artwork may be downloaded from this electronic version so that users may create additional displays and marketing tools. A limited supply of the pre-printed paper is available by contacting Cherron Smith (csmith@nifa.usda.gov).

Acknowledgements and Team Members

Commitment and shared leadership were the hallmarks of the action team who crafted the National Extension Money Management Education Framework. The team represented all regions of the country and, collectively, has more than 100 years of Extension money management education experience.

Special thanks go to the review team composed of Extension educators Mary Stephenson, University of Maryland; Janice Lloyd, North Carolina State University; Nancy Granovsky, Texas A&M University; Vicki Fitzsimmons, University of Illinois; Debra Pankow, North Dakota State University; Suzanne Badenhop, University of Kentucky; Karen Varcoe, University of California; Annette FitzGerald, University of Connecticut; Cathy Solheim, Auburn University; Judy McKenna, Colorado State University; and Michael Rupured, NIFA.

Funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service supported this work. Significant in-kind contributions were made by the team members' universities. Project coordination and fiscal management were handled by Mississippi State University and graphic design was done at Virginia Tech.

Team Members

Elizabeth E. Gorham
Extension Family Resource Management Specialist
Utah State University

Beverly R. Howell
Extension Family Economics and Management Specialist
Mississippi State University

Joyce E. Jones
Extension Family Financial Management Specialist
Kansas State University

Irene E. Leech
Extension Family Resource Management Specialist
Virginia Tech

Jane Schuchardt
National Program Leader-Family Economics
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Claudette L. Smith
Extension Family Resource Management Specialist
North Carolina A&T State University

William J. Weber
Extension Resource Management Specialist
University of Maine


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