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Advancing Teen Financial Knowledge through Increased Support of Ramsey Education


By Emily Waldschmidt

The Jackson Charitable Foundation is teaming up with Ramsey Education again to double its investment to financial education access in high school. The Foundation is sponsoring Ramsey Education’s Foundations in Personal Finance curriculum for 500 high schools for the 2019-2020 school year at no cost to the schools. Since this partnership began in 2018, the Foundation has committed $1.6 million toward financial education for high school students across the country.

Last year, the Foundation sponsored 250 high schools and reached more than 20,000 students across the United States. These sponsored schools were considered urgent or high-need based upon teacher interest in financial literacy and a lack of funding for the curriculum.

Andy Troeger, Director of College Advising at Hope Christian School, a recipient of the sponsorship during the 2018-2019 school year, sees the immense value of financial education in high school and is thrilled to see the impact the curriculum has had on his students.

“This class helps our seniors with their college and career planning. They now understand how the various forms of financial aid work and how to plan financially for college and beyond,” Troeger said. “Many of our recent alumni are well on their way to graduating from college debt-free.”

Foundations in Personal Finance is a semester-long, classroom-ready curriculum that features more than 12 hours of video lessons taught by Dave Ramsey and his team of experts. It includes 12 chapters covering important money topics that build financial confidence.

Danny Craig, Sponsorships Advisor with Ramsey Education, sees the importance of working together with the Foundation due to their shared mission to increase financial education.

“Foundations in Personal Finance is more than just a curriculum; this education is impacting students and their families and puts them on a whole new trajectory towards success.”

“There is a crucial need for more financial education for students, but without sponsors like the Jackson Charitable Foundation, schools often do not have the financial resources to teach these life-changing skills and concepts,” said Craig. “Foundations in Personal Finance is more than just a curriculum; this education is impacting students and their families and puts them on a whole new trajectory towards success.”

The Foundations in Personal Finance program by Ramsey Education meets personal finance standards in all 50 states as well as all Jump$tart National Standards. There are more than 100 classroom activities and 90 hours of curriculum that utilize blended learning and include options for schools that may not have consistent access to technology.

Dorenda Dodge, Vice Principal and Personal Finance Instructor at Shenandoah Valley Academy, appreciates how easy it is for students to access the materials.

“Students have access to the materials and videos 24/7 and they each receive a workbook that they can keep,” said Dodge. “I am passionate about teaching responsible money skills to students before they graduate, and this sponsorship has made my work toward this goal easier.”

In addition to sponsoring curriculum for classrooms across the country, the Foundation will also serve as the presenting sponsor of Ramsey Education’s Financial Literacy Month campaign in April. Financial Literacy Month helps to raise awareness for all Americans to learn more about personal finance, and the campaign celebrates the contributions teachers make to personal finance education for students.

“Our Foundation is committed to doing our part to give more people access to financial education,” said Danielle Robinson, Executive Director, Jackson Charitable Foundation. “Reaching students in high school, just as they are beginning to make adult financial decisions, is an ideal time for these lessons on avoiding debt, following a budget and saving for the future. We’re proud of the meaningful impact we can have with this issue by working together with the experts at Ramsey Education.”

Educators and schools interested in a sponsorship for the 2019-20 school year can complete a sponsor application. Learn more about Jackson Charitable Foundation’s sponsorship of Ramsey Education’s Foundations in Personal Finance.

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Emily Waldschmidt
Corporate Philanthropy Intern, Jackson

Emily earned her bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University in Communication and is currently pursuing her master’s degree. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career that will put her communication background to work in a corporate environment. Emily is a Michigan native who loves volunteering and corgis. Emily can be reached at

The Jackson Charitable Foundation is the charitable-giving arm of Jackson National Life Insurance Company®. The Foundation focuses on work that is national in scope and programs supported may include an indirect cost of up to 3% of the organization's work in the project budget. Local community requests to strengthen families and increase economic opportunities in Lansing, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Nashville, Tennessee can be directed to Jackson's Corporate Philanthropy team.