5 Awesome Financial Services Initiatives to Follow
Once upon a time, hands-on guidance for financial services was a privilege reserved for the wealthy, but now initiatives are being developed that make financial wellness not only accessible, but convenient for all. We’ve rounded up the most innovative and inspiring projects taking place around the world to help consumers transform their financial wellbeing.
Founded by personal finance expert Marsha Barnes, The Finance Bar is a mobile financial education hub offering unique insight to an international audience that includes corporations, educational institutions and organizations. With more than 13 years of experience in the financial services industry, Marsha meets people wherever they need her counsel most, whether it’s locally in her decked-out bus, or across the world through her online platform and mobile app. Recognized as a female tech leader, she is the creator of The Finance Bar Members Club, an online community of women committed to transforming their financial habits with clear strategy and accountability systems.
Winner of the 2015 Plutus Award, the Road to Financial Wellness is a project by Phroogal that crowdsources and curates financial knowledge through a Q&A platform with the goal of helping its customers make better financial decisions. This past summer, Phroogal set off on its second cross-country road trip with a mission of bringing financial awareness to communities across America.
The Money Diaries are a collection of essays on lifestyle blog Refinery29 that tackle the financial challenges of the modern woman. Each week, they explore how one millennial woman is spending her hard-earned money over a seven day period, down to the very last cent. Share your story with them at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Through partnership between Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Chevrolet, these free financial workshops make not so exciting topics much more palatable, especially for those of us without a Harvard MBA. Topics include college financing, entrepreneurship, credit, investing and budgeting. The workshops feature influential speakers like entrepreneur Dominique Broadway, who is an expert on millennial finance topics. Stops on the tour include Chicago, New York, Detroit, Atlanta and Washington D.C.
Now that’s a mouthful. Let’s break it down. The “Special Advocate” leading this project is Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. In partnership with the United Nations, she spearheads global efforts to provide universal access to affordable, effective and safe financial services for the poor. She travels around the world meeting with a wide range of stakeholders, such as political and bank leadership, as well as low-income families, to help advance financial inclusion efforts.
Wow, impressive stuff. We’re feeling pretty inspired! How about you?