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Welcome to the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy


Governor Scott Walker proclaimed the week of April 22-29, 2017 as Money Smart Week® Wisconsin. The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, is spearheading this financial awareness and education initiative. A listing of all scheduled events may be found at www.moneysmartweek.org (click on the “Events” box, then click on Wisconsin “WI” on the map).


Governor's Financial Literacy Awards

Adobe PDF Document Governor's Financial Literacy Awards 2016 recipients synopsis

Governor Walker Honors 15 with 2016 Financial Literacy Award

Governor's Financial Literacy Innovation Grants

Governor Walker Announced $152,000 in Financial Literacy Grants to Wisconsin Schools

Adobe PDF Document 2016 Financial Literacy Innovation Grant Recipients

Adobe PDF Document Governor's Council awards $250,000 in financial literacy grants (2014)

Wisconsin Summit on Financial Literacy 2016, Lambeau Field

Adobe PDF Document Summit Flyer and Adobe PDF Document Summit Program

Fun with Financial Football at the Summit

Financial Literacy Education in Schools

Adobe PDF Document Financial Literacy Progress in Wisconsin

Adobe PDF Document Survey Shows 44 Percent Of Wisconsin School Districts Require Course In Personal Financial Literacy

Adobe PDF Document DFI's Executive Summary of the survey

Adobe PDF Document Full survey compiled by St. Norbert

Adobe PDF Document List of school districts and how they deliver personal financial literacy instruction

Financial Literacy Education in the Workplace

Adobe PDF Document Wisconsin Employer Financial Wellness Input Survey findings

The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), on behalf of the Workplace Financial Literacy Committee of the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy, surveyed Wisconsin employers to learn more about employer-provided financial education in the State.

Key Findings

  • 59% of respondents currently offer financial education to their employees.
  • Large companies are much more likely than small firms to offer financial education.
  • The vast majority (86%) of firms that offer financial education have done so for more than 1 year.

Governor's Council on Financial Literacy and Members

The Council's mission is to measurably improve the financial literacy of Wisconsin's citizens through the actions listed on Executive Order #24 and shall guide and serve as a continuous sounding board for the Office of the Governor and the Department of Financial Institutions' Office of Financial Literacy.

Many Wisconsin families— but particularly low- and moderate-income ones—struggle to deal effectively with the complex range of choices they encounter in the financial services markets. Families that lack financial assets have little ability to build wealth and they contribute to rising consumer debt. Surveys also show that youth lack basic financial skills and knowledge.

The Council is part of a pro-active approach to improving financial literacy in Wisconsin and making the state the recognized national leader when it comes to promoting financial literacy.

The Council welcomes and encourages your participation. Please pass along your ideas and suggestions by sending e-mail to: David Mancl.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

The Governor's Council on Financial Literacy

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