Foundation for Financial Planning Grant Application for Nonprofits is Now Open!

Do you know a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that shares FFP’s commitment to helping underserved people achieve better financial stability and capability? Encourage them to apply for a grant by April 30.

2017 grant application cycle is now open! Applications must be submitted by April 30.

Review the Grant Guidelines for instructions and a link to the application (page 4).  

Overview:

The Foundation for Financial Planning awards grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to support the delivery of pro bono financial planning to populations who could not otherwise afford or access financial planning services.

Eligible programs must:
  • Utilize financial planning professionals as volunteers, or local affiliates of financial planning organizations, through pro bono activities
  • Include one-on-one engagements between financial planners and pro bono clients
  • Deliver programs to specific target audiences who are underserved by the market, in need of financial guidance, or in a financial crisis
  • Provide opportunities to those of diverse socioeconomic levels to obtain unbiased financial planning advice and counsel

To be considered, projects must incorporate the involvement of financial planning professionals as community volunteers or work in collaboration with local affiliates of financial planning associations. Click here to view an applicant tutorial video.

Our Grant Guidelines give in-depth instructions for how to apply for a grant from the Foundation for Financial Planning. You can also download our implementation tips here.

Our staff is here to assist you. Contact Amira Tart, Program Outreach Director if you have questions about the grant process.

You do not need a grant to implement a program. Please visit our Program Resources and Consumer Resources to access tools ready for immediate use.

Read about our 2017 Grantees.

SAVE THE DATE! Financial Literacy Month Workshops in Sacramento and Los Angeles

SAVE THE DATE!

Financial Literacy Month

Workshops

April 18 • Sacramento

CalHR

1515 S Street, Sacramento

10 a.m. — 11 a.m.

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April 24 • Los Angeles

Ronald Reagan Building

300 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

10 a.m. — 11 a.m.

Psychology of Spending • Debt Management • Your Credit Report • Saving for the Future
Register at savingsplusnow.com
Select Savings Plus Events at the bottom of the webpage.

CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN 2017 Financial Literacy Month Resource Fair

2017 Financial Literacy Month Resource Fair

Where: State Capitol – West Side (facing 10th Street)

Date: Monday, April 17th

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

(Program will begin at noon)

Financial Literacy Fair Flyer – Monday April 17

SAVE THE DATE: California Financial Literacy Month Resource Fair in Sacramento

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SAVE THE DATE:

California Financial Literacy Month Resource Fair
Monday, April 17
11 am – 1 pm
State Capitol, South Steps
Sacramento

Visit exhibitors and receive free information about:
Saving
Credit
Homeownership
Insurance
Consumer Protection
and more!

FTC: Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

Tax identity thieves and IRS imposters are ready for tax season, whether you are or not. Find out how to protect yourself, and what to do if someone you know becomes a victim, during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 30 through February 3.

What is tax identity theft? It happens when someone uses your Social Security number (SSN) to file a phony tax return and claim your refund. Employment-related tax identity theft occurs when someone uses your SSN to earn wages that are reported as your income.

The FTC will mark Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week with free webinars and Twitter chats. Whether you’re a consumer, tax professional, or small business, learn to reduce your risk of tax identity theft, and what to if it happens to you:

  • January 30, 2 p.m. EST: The FTC, IRS, and National Association of Tax Professionals host a webinar for tax professionals, offering practical guidance about new scams targeting client information, cybersecurity, and how tax professionals can help identity theft victims.
  • January 31, 3 p.m. EST: The FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center invite consumers to a Twitter chat about tax identity theft.
  • February 1, 11 a.m. EST: The FTC and the Department of Veterans Affairs co-host a Twitter chat for service members, veterans, and their families. Learn to minimize your risk of tax identity theft and how to recover if it happens to you.
  • February 1, 1 p.m. EST: The FTC, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration host a webinar about tax identity theft for veterans, their families, and those who serve them.
  • February 1, 4 p.m. EST (1 p.m. PST): The FTC and IRS offer a free webinar for small businesses. Learn about tax identity theft, imposter scams targeting businesses, data breach avoidance and response, and free resources to help you protect your business, employees, and customers.
  • February 2, 2 p.m. EST: The FTC, AARP Fraud Watch Network, AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration co-host a webinar for consumers about tax identity theft and recovery steps for victims.

For details, visit ftc.gov/taxidtheft. You’ll also find tweets, tips, and blog posts you can use to promote tax identity theft awareness in your community. Wishing you happy returns this tax season

 

Scam Alerts from the FTC – News Scams in 2017 and List of 2016 Scams

Scam Alerts from the FTC

Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. They add new twists to old schemes and pressure people to make important decisions on the spot. One thing that never changes: they follow the headlines — and the money.

Stay a step ahead with the latest info and practical tips from the nation’s consumer protection agency. Browse FTC scam alerts by topic or by most recent.

FTC: Order free materials for National Consumer Protection Week 2017

FTC: Order free materials for National Consumer Protection Week 2017

 National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is around the corner! The annual event – March 5-11, 2017 – is a time to help people understand their consumer rights, make well-informed decisions about money, and spot scams.

Thinking about hosting an event? Our new feature page has all the information and resources you need to spread the word. You can personalize an article with your event details, share pre-written social media messages, and use our new Military Tool Kit to help reach out to the military community.

Interested in free consumer education materials for your event? Check out the FTC’s free publications on avoiding scams, managing debt, identity theft, and more. To have your materials in time, just visit ftc.gov/bulkorder and place your order by February 1, 2017. You also can check out the free resources offered by our NCPW partners to share with family, friends, and your community.

Visit ncpw.gov for more information. And have a great National Consumer Protection Week!

EITC Awareness Day – Friday, January 27, 2017 Join us in making the 11th annual Awareness Day as successful as last year’s

EITC Awareness Day

Join us for Awareness Day On Friday, January 27, 2017

Join us in making the 11th annual Awareness Day as successful as last year’s. Last year, we had our first experience using Thunderclap. We had 255 participants with a combined social reach of over 372,000. And,  supporters  sponsored 241 live events and other activities such as news releases and articles for EITC Awareness Day.

This year we want to even make it bigger. And, we want to increase eligibility awareness of other refundable credits that many miss or don’t get right. Along with the earned income tax credit (EITC), we want to include the child tax credit and the refundable part, the additional child tax credit (CTC/ACTC), and the American opportunity tax credit (AOTC).

What is Awareness Day? The IRS joins partners nationwide to launch the Awareness Day outreach campaign to ensure  millions workers get the EITC they earned and get it right. We also ask you to join us in getting the right message out about the CTC/ACTC and the AOTC to the right people who deserve the credits. The IRS invites community organizations, elected officials, state and local governments, schools, employers, and other interested parties to join a national grassroots effort to increase awareness of these credits and put a large spotlight on them. We want to  generate extensive news media coverage on this specific day (or days in close proximity) to increase awareness among potentially eligible taxpayers at the time most are filing or getting ready to file their federal income tax returns.

The event is a joint venture between IRS and its many partners and stakeholders. Intensive media coverage helps us reach the broadest possible range of eligible taxpayers, including the underserved populations and the newly eligible taxpayers.

IRS estimates four of five eligible taxpayers claim and get the EITC.  Best of all, EITC combined with the CTC/ACTC is a financial boost for working people and your local economy. EITC and the CTC, Child Tax Credit, greatly reduce poverty for working families. These working family credits lifted an estimated 9.4 million people out of poverty, including 5 million or more than half of them children.  Source: Source: Chuck Marr, Chye-Ching Huang, Arloc Sherman and Brandon DeBot, CBPP-EITC and Child Tax Credit Promote Work, Reduce Poverty, and support children’s Development, Research finds, October 1, 2015.

Reaching Out!

We need your help to capture the attention of those eligible for EITC, the CTC/ACTC and AOTC and motivate them to explore whether they qualify. We also want to lead them to no-cost options for tax return help–volunteer tax assistance and Free File and make sure they get it right.

Join us in getting the word out to those who qualify but don’t file a tax return or miss the credits they deserve. Explore our Partner’s Outreach Toolkit for ideas and the products you need to get the word out. Or, see our Quick EITC Outreach kit highlighting some ideas and our key products.

There are millions of workers who miss out on the benefits of refundable credits each year either because they are newly qualified or don’t otherwise need to file. That is why this day is so important in reaching the one in five eligible workers who could but do not claim the EITC and those who miss out on the CTC/ACTC and the AOTC.

Many tools and resources are available to support you:

More Resources:

See our Basic Marketing Materials for more products and ideas.–news releases, how to tips on writing a feature story or letters to the editor, and more.

See our Tried and True Tips for keeping taxpayers informed and raising their awareness of this very important credit

Find Information Specific to:

Find out how you can get involved in your community and increase Awareness:

Contact your IRS relationship manager or e-mail us at partner@irs.gov
or,
If you are affiliated with the government ,see the Governmental Liaison Contact Page for more information

California State Controller’s Office: Financial Fitness and Consumer Protection

California State Controller’s Office: Financial Fitness and Consumer Protection

Financial Fitness and Consumer Protection

The California State Controller’s primary job is to guard the state’s fiscal health.  However, State Controller Betty Yee is equally concerned about the financial – and physical – well-being of individual Californians.  She has compiled resources to help people make the most of their personal finances, from opening a first bank account, entering or re-entering the workforce, or planning for a long-term savings goal. The information available on these web pages also may help you prepare for and manage a financial crisis.

Controller Yee encourages you to choose from the topics below to learn about becoming a more financially fit Californian!

Add the Financial Fitness logo button to your website by following these instructions.

ICYMI – CFPB takes action against Reverse Mortgage Companies for Deceptive Advertising

Last week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against three reverse mortgage companies for deceptive advertisements, including claiming that consumers could not lose their homes. The CFPB is ordering American Advisors Group, Reverse Mortgage Solutions, and Aegean Financial to cease deceptive advertising practices, implement systems to ensure they are complying with all laws, and pay penalties.

“These companies tricked consumers into believing they could not lose their homes,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “All mortgage brokers and lenders need to adhere to federal advertising disclosure requirements in promoting their products.”  

A reverse mortgage is a special type of home loan that allows homeowners who are 62 or older to access the equity they have built up in their homes and defer payment of the loan until they pass away, sell, or move out. 

To read more about the details surrounding this enforcement action, read our press release.

Reverse mortgage ads don’t always tell the whole story. Last year, the CFPB released a consumer advisory with things to consider when you see reverse mortgage advertisements. 

If you have a problem with your reverse mortgage

Check out Ask CFPB to learn more about reverse mortgages. You can also download a printer-friendly version of this information to share with friends or clients.

If you’re having a problem with your reverse mortgage or having problems getting through to your mortgage servicer, you can submit a complaint to us online or by calling (855) 411-2372 or TTY/TDD (855) 729- 2372. We’ll forward your complaint to the company and work to get you a response within 15 days.

For more information about how reverse mortgages work and questions to ask, read our guide about reverse mortgages for older consumers and their families. Do you or a loved one have a reverse mortgage loan? Here are three steps you should take.