Over 1,700 students served through the Invest in College Success (ICS) pilot across three Massachusetts community colleges!
ICS was a pilot intervention, launched by The Midas Collaborative in fall 2014, designed to help students navigate college affordability and build financial capabilities. The structure of ICS allowed students to receive multiple services through a partnership model. Midas provided leadership and support for financial education, financial coaching, and an educational matched savings program, uAspire delivered text message–based and in-person advising on college affordability, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (The Fed) evaluated the pilot. Three Massachusetts community college partners, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), Northern Essex Community College (NECC) and Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), were active partners in the marketing of and delivery of financial education and the educational matched savings program. The two-year pilot was supported by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Empowerment Innovation Fund and additional funders.
The 2017 final evaluation examined uptake and outcomes of the supports provided to community college students during the pilot period. Additionally, there are applicable findings and lessons for future community college programs offering similar services. Learn more about the outcomes and learnings from the final evaluation report by Sarah Savage of the Fed and Midas' summary.
Over 50 MassSaves advocates descended upon the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, October 11th in support of incorporating financial education into existing curriculum. 20 states require students to take a high school economics course to graduate and 17 states require a course in financial literacy yet Massachusetts continues to lag behind. The lack of access to quality financial education at every stage of life has left Massachusetts families feeling unprepared for basic financial decisions. MassSaves highlighted the need and growing bi-partisan support for legislation (S.249, H.261) that acknowledges that every student in Massachusetts should have access to financial tools to build financially responsible lives.
Didn't make it to the event and want to share your support?
- Call your state representative and senator today
- Check out the State House News article (syndicated in multiple outlets) and Sentinel & Enterprise coverage of the event
- Join MassSaves' "Day On the Hill" planning committee
- Share within your network - ask a colleague, friend or neighbor to show their support. Materials from the event (presentation and info sheet) can help spread the message.
As a network of teachers, school administrators, community practitioners, financial institutions and supporters we know we need to change this - starting with our youth - for a stronger Massachusetts. By incorporating financial literacy in K-12 education, children will be introduced to financial concepts earlier in life, and the dissemination of financial knowledge will be more widespread, thus having a greater impact.
Thanks for helping us create more prosperous communities across Massachusetts.
Collaborating for More Prosperous Communities
On October 4, 2017, Midas' annual Assets & Opportunity Reception highlighted our commitment to advancing the financial security of Massachusetts families. The evening was an opportunity to pause and celebrate the amazing work of our collaborative this year, honor our deserving champion, Boston Medical Center, and re-commit ourselves to building upon our successes in 2018. Heather C., a financial coaching & confidence program graduate, shared how working with a Midas financial coach changed her financial future during a difficult time in her life.
Like so many families have faced, barriers to quality financial education at every stage of life, widening inequality, rising costs and much more are making it harder for them to feel secure and prosper. Many individuals including recent immigrants, artists and high school students entrust Midas and our member organizations with creating a pathway to a better tomorrow. Together with our members and partners we create a powerful network. Our programs and services are tested and proven strategies that yield stronger individuals, families and communities. However, there is still much work to do, and it takes every one of us from wherever we are to share, collaborate and build a stronger future together.
Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors:
Cambridge Savings Bank
East Boston Savings Bank
United Way Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley
If you are interested in helping Midas to expand our reach with a monetary donation, please check out our donation page.
Thank you for helping us to create more prosperous communities across Massachusetts.
On Monday, September 25th, Midas' Ginger Haggerty testified in front of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Financial Services in support of the Debt Collections Fairness Act. With nearly 25% of Massachusetts residents having one or more debts in collection, owing an average of $4602 per debt, it reinforces the need for a just and transparent system. Far too many Massachusetts families face a spiraling debt trap when attempting repayment, with snowballing fees, the threat of arrest, and more. Read our testimony here and coverage of the hearing here.
Wednesday, October 11th - 9:30am-12:30pm at the Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA
MassSaves members will host a briefing with elected officials and supporters highlighting the support for legislation (S.249, H.261) that acknowledges that every student in Massachusetts should have access to financial tools to build financial responsible lives. Join us in making our voices heard for a stronger Massachusetts. Register here.
All across Massachusetts, families are stressed about their finances. Rising costs, wealth inequality, lack of financial education, and much more are making it harder to feel financially secure. Many of those families entrust Midas and our member organizations with creating a pathway to a better tomorrow. Through our tested and proven strategies, we are advancing financial security and helping families thrive.
Join us at our annual Assets & Opportunity Reception on October 4th to celebrate these successes, honor champions within our field, and expand our reach. As a collaborative, our impact on promoting more prosperous communities across the state would not be possible without YOU! We look forward to sharing this special evening together.
On July 25, 2017, Prosperity Now (formerly CFED) released the 2017 Scorecard. Despite an unemployment rate that has ticked downward and an overall improved economy, large numbers of Massachusetts families continue to struggle to save for a more prosperous future. 30.4% of Massachusetts households are liquid asset poor, meaning they have so little savings that they could not live at the poverty level for just three months if they lose a job or suffer another significant income loss. A new measure also shows that while 42.8% of households in the state did not set aside any savings for emergencies in the past year, that number is lower than the national rate of 43.7%. The data highlights the need for continued efforts in building awareness and support to advance the financial security of Massachusetts families. Learn more here.
"When asked why her efforts over the years for economic equality have been worth her time and energy, Acton resident Margaret Miley chuckled, “I guess my parents raised us all to leave the world a better place. And my version of it was in economics.”
On June 21 at the State House, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women honored Miley as one of the state’s Unsung Heroines after being nominated by state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, for her devotion to community improvement."
Read the full article here.
Building Connections to Improve Financial Education
On April 28, 2017, the MassSaves Summit highlighted the best of our community. The continued interest in the Summit from all sectors reinforces the desire and commitment to improve the quality and delivery of financial education at every stage of life. We had over 120 attendees united to build and safeguard the financial futures of individuals and families across New England. Attendees learned about the value of financial planning from the Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts, new initiatives by State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, the important role we play as advocates, and much more. As we incorporate what we've learned and outline next steps, we look forward to strengthening the connections we've made for a stronger financial future for all. Check out Worcester Telegram & Gazette's profile of keynote speaker, Beth Kobliner, that highlights the work of the Summit.
Thank You To Our generous Summit Sponsors:
- Monson Savings Bank
- Boston Private
- Metro Credit Union
- Santander Bank
- RTN Federal Credit Union
- Jump$tart Massachusetts Coalition
- People's United Bank
- Pawtucket Credit Union
Nelson Ortiz brings more than 17 years of communications, digital strategy experience
Boston – April 20, 2017 – The Midas Collaborative’s Board of Directors announced Nelson Ortiz today as its newest Board member. Ortiz is a communications and digital strategy expert with 17 years of experience across the financial services and nonprofit health insurance industries.
“We are thrilled to have Nelson as part of the Board of Directors. Nelson has the right experience and leadership to govern the organization forward,” said Angela Gomes, interim Board Co-Chair. “The Board is comprised of diverse individuals from various fields with a strong commitment to economic justice, including representatives from Midas member organizations.”
“I am honored to join the Board of The Midas Collaborative. Midas and its members have always been at the frontline with regards to asset building and protection which also include innovative programs such as remote financial coaching, and quality financial education. I look forward to promoting and enhancing the programs Midas offers to create a stronger financial future for all,” said Ortiz.
Read the full press release here.