Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is proud to partner with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation) to launch a new financial education campaign to meet the needs of girls and their families in underserved communities. The initiative is timely and aligns with new large-scale, cross-cultural research that finds financial education to be an important tool for improving financial knowledge and key financial outcomes. Earlier FINRA Foundation research indicated that higher levels of financial literacy are a strong indicator of positive financial outcomes and behaviors for the future.
The FINRA Foundation is creating the GSUSA Financial Empowerment Event Toolkit, which aligns with GSUSA’s existing financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and cookie business badges. The Toolkit will feature customizable materials councils can use to provide financial education programming for girls in grades K–12, including bilingual materials for girls in grades K–1. The Toolkit also will be available to all 111 councils.
Eight councils will collaborate with the FINRA Foundation and FINRA staff to offer financial education programming in underserved communities.
About the FINRA Investor Education Foundation
The FINRA Investor Education Foundation supports innovative research and educational projects that give underserved Americans the knowledge, skills, and tools to make sound financial decisions throughout life. The FINRA Foundation’s Financial Inclusion Framework—built on pillars of communications, education, and research—aims to create new understanding and relationships that address systemic wealth disparities and lead to better outcomes for communities of color and underserved communities.
FINRA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to investor protection and market integrity. It regulates one critical part of the securities industry—brokerage firms doing business with the public in the United States. FINRA, overseen by the SEC, writes rules, examines for, and enforces compliance with FINRA rules and federal securities laws, registers broker-dealer personnel and offers them education and training, and informs the investing public. In addition, FINRA provides surveillance and other regulatory services for equities and options markets, as well as trade reporting and other industry utilities. FINRA also administers a dispute resolution forum for investors and brokerage firms and their registered employees.