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IDAs & Financial Literacy

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IDAs & Financial Literacy

Recommended Books
Finding Paths to Prosperity, Participant Workbook: This workbook guides low-to-moderate income adults to financial security through saving and investing, particularly through the Individual Development Account (IDA) program.
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Five Common Questions for Evaluating Need: This document is a useful resource for churches and faith-based organizations that frequently field requests for assistance (financial and otherwise) from individuals in their communities.
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Faith & Finances: Helping People Manage Their Money: This curriculum for a stewardship training course is geared particularly to low-income individuals in North America. It provides a Christian-based model for money management.
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Diaconal Policies for New City Fellowship: This set of guidelines for church-based benevolence can be helpful to church leaders charged with overseeing the financial assistance ministries of their congregations.
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The Single Mom: This book provides an overview of many different struggles single moms face-everything from finding a support system to how to be a good employee to money management.
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Five Common Questions for Evaluating Need: This document is a useful resource for churches and faith-based organizations that frequently field requests for assistance (financial and otherwise) from individuals in their communities.
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Individual Development Account Program Design Handbook: A Step by Step Guide to Designing an IDA Pro: This practical and comprehensive handbook provides you with everything you need to know about creating an IDA program from scratch.
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Finding Paths to Prosperity, Facilitator’s Guide: This facilitator’s guide provides everything one needs to know in order to run an IDA program from start to finish.
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Individual Development Accounts for Youth: Lessons from an Emerging Field: This report documents the effective practices of youth IDA programs and provides data collected in areas relevant to youth financial training programs. It is not a curriculum, but it is a comprehensive resource for practitioners beginning a similar program.
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Recommended Links
New Focus National: New Focus offers financial literacy training to churches that are reaching out to their communities.
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The National Endowment for Financial Education: This nonprofit organization has a special interest in helping youth, single parents, those transitioning from welfare to the marketplace, immigrants, and the newly widowed to develop strong personal finance skills.
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Crown Financial Ministries: Managing money can be difficult for anyone, no matter what their economic status. Crown Financial Ministries seeks to teach financial principles from a Christian perspective.
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New Focus National

The National Endowment for Financial Education

Crown Financial Ministries