New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education Named 2019 State Coalition of the Year by Jump$tart

WASHINGTON – The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy announced it will honor its state affiliate, the New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education (NJCFE), a partner of the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation, as the 2019 State Coalition of the Year.


The award will be presented at the Jump$tart Coalition’s 2019 Annual Awards Dinner, One Mission, Many Voices, which recognizes accomplishments of individuals and organizations that are working to create a financially literate future. The event takes place April 3 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel and is a central event during Jump$tart’s Financial Literacy Month (#FLM19) celebrations.

“There is no one-size fits all approach to advancing financial education. Each state affiliate designs outreach that works for its community,” said Jump$tart President and CEO Laura Levine. “NJCFE exemplifies this year’s theme, by uniting their many voices to build a financially literate future.”

NJCFE President Kim Cole will be on-hand to accept the award, which recognizes the affiliate’s effectiveness and innovation at the state level in reaching, supporting and assisting teachers; its public awareness activities; the level of participation and collaboration within the coalition itself; and other achievements over the past year.

Cole said the organization has been successful thanks to the community NJCFE has created. “We are a highly collaborative community of financial professionals dedicated to every New Jersian.”


NJCFE accomplished a great deal in 2018. Most notably was the continuation of a partnership with the NJ Credit Union Foundation and Affinity FCU, which expanded NJCFE’s membership to more than 15,000 and now provides ongoing funding to help the coalition achieve its mission. In addition, NJCFE:

  • Participated or developed more than a dozen financial education events that reached more than 1,000 individuals online and in person. Indirectly these events reach approximately 30,000 students throughout the state.
  • Tackled issues such as cryptocurrencies and consumer fraud during its quarterly roundtable meetings.
  • Supported the creation of the Institute for Financial Literacy and Economic Education at New Jersey City University, which supports nonprofit organizations who counsel clients about personal finance.

“NJCFE is honored to be selected as this year’s state coalition of the year,” said Cole. “We pride ourselves on being the hub of financial education information in New Jersey. Ensuring a financially literate future takes a village, and we are that village.”