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An interesting learning experience leads to the book “Caleb’s Gumball Machine”

Fifth grader Caleb Kitterman from Norwalk, Iowa, has been learning about finances from a young age- and in a very interesting way. Rather than having a weekly allowance, Kitterman earns his own money from a gumball machine he purchased with a $40 loan.

“I just knew that I wanted him to learn about money in a different way,” said Kitterman’s dad, Daron in a report with WHOtv.

Kitterman has not only used the money earned from the gumball machine to pay off the loan, but also to save. He has gained both a profit and financial knowledge that will help him in the future.

From this experience Kitterman has learned a great deal and hopes to share his knowledge with others his age. With the help of his dad, he wrote and illustrated the book “Caleb’s Gumball Machine,” which will be published this December.

Once the book is published, the Kitterman’s hope to distribute copies to elementary school libraries across Iowa.

Click here to read more about “Caleb’s Gumball Machine.”

November 4, 2016 at 9:51 am

Member Spotlight: Kuster Ltd. (The Money Godmother)

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We would like to recognize in Kuster Ltd. in our current Member Spotlight.  Since 1980 Kuster Ltd. has been developing educational products, content and programs for a variety of organizations and businesses as well as a marketing communications company and custom publishing company called DynaMinds. (www.dynamindspublishing.com).

Kuster Ltd. is represented on the board by Joanne Kuster. Joanne and her husband Chuck created the “A.G.G.I.E.” board game, a really, really fun lesson on the profits and perils of farming. AGGIE games quickly spread to every state and 13 countries, as teachers, bankers and families ordered to learn how to buy and sell commodities. Meanwhile, Joanne wrote her first children’s book and subsequently sold it to a Fortune 500 firm that distributed more than 500,000 copies. Who knew? Those initial products led to myriad creations developed for businesses and organizations across the U.S. and Canada – Stock Market Pie: Grandma Helps Emily Make a Million, an investing journaland Entrepreneur Extraordinaire: Grandpa Helps Emily Build a Business. 

The “Money Godmother” is a Jump$tart superstar. Joanne attended her first JumpStart meeting sometime in 2000 and has since served in several capacities. While president in 2006, she connected with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and convinced them Iowa was poised to handle Money Smart Week. She has since helped the program grow across the state. Her passion for financial education has led Joanne to create several children’s books and games on money, investing, and entrepreneurship, including the popular “Wants and Needs” game and the “Balloony Game”.  She is an author of such books as Stock Market Pie: Grandma Helps Emily Make a Million, an investing journaland Entrepreneur Extraordinaire: Grandpa Helps Emily Build a Business.  She is a dynamic orator, speaking to audiences of college students, teachers, parents and other mentors who want ideas on how to better manage money and help others do the same.

Joanne also works as chair for Money Smart Week Iowa, an economic outreach program from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and is involved with the Iowa JumpStart Coalition. Check www.moneysmartweek.org/iowa and www.WomenandMoneyConference.com. She continues to help other entrepreneurs get started, and often speaks on entrepreneurship, saving and investing, and leaving a family legacy. She is a founding member of the Iowa Enterprise Network and Center for Financial Success, and has been recognized as SBA’s Midwest Home-Based Business Advocate of the Year.

For more information, visit her website at http://moneygodmother.com/.

October 26, 2016 at 9:56 am

Member Spotlight: Iowa Student Loan

IowaStudentLoanWe would like to recognize the Iowa Student Loan as our current Member Spotlight.  Iowa Student Loan was established in 1979 as a private, nonprofit corporation, to help Iowa students and families obtain the resources necessary to succeed in post-secondary education. To date, Iowa Student Loan has helped nearly 400,000 students pay for college.

Iowa Student Loan’s nonprofit community reinvestment efforts provide more than $100,000 in scholarships and 529 savings plan deposits annually.  Iowa Student Loan also offers private student loans for students who have exhausted other sources of aid, and reinvests funds in programs to benefit students and borrowers.

Based in West Des Moines, Iowa Student Loan and its subsidiary employ more than 200 people and manages $2.6 billion in student loans. The organization is self-funded and self-capitalized. It is governed by a board of directors, appointed by the governor of Iowa.

This member of the Iowa Jump$tart coalition is represented by Megan Garrett.  Megan has been with Iowa Student Loan as a Corporate Communications and Media Relations Administrator for almost two years.  Part of her efforts have resulted in a much greater social media presence for Iowa Student Loan including launching their first blog that now includes submissions from other Iowa nonprofits, some of which are fellow Jump$tart members.  Iowa Student Loan also now utilizes video and recently finished production of a second set of Student Loan Pro Tip videos promoting responsible student borrowing and financial literacy.  Previously, Megan was a PR Specialist for Lake Regional Health System at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.  In addition to Jump$tart, Megan helps represent Iowa Student Loan through its partnership with the I Have a Dream Foundation

Megan, who is a native Iowan, from Stuart, found happiness, a degree, and a husband at Northwest Missouri State University.  Her husband Derek played on the Bearcat football team that started the incredible run of championship appearances NWMSU has enjoyed.   They have a very cute darling 8 month old daughter named Emmie.

In her (seriously?!?) spare time, she teaches preschool- 2nd grade dance classes, works on restoring their 1890 home in Adel, and attends Bearcat and Chiefs football;  and Royals baseball games.  She’s big fan of music and attending concerts like Garth Brooks and Dave Matthews and you can follow her on Pinterest!

You may find more about this member at:  www.iowastudentloan.org/

May 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Member Spotlight: EverFi

EverFi LogoWe would like to recognize EverFi in our current Member Spotlight. EverFi provides educators with engaging, online learning resources in topics such as financial education, digital literacy, STEM readiness, coding and entrepreneurship. EverFi partners with government entities, professional sports leagues, financial institutions and forward-thinking foundations to help bring the courses to schools at no cost. Over 400 schools and 20,000 students have participated in an EverFi course this year mostly through the Iowa Financial Literacy Program.

This member of the Iowa Jump$tart coalition is represented by Lincoln Hughes. Lincoln is Everfi’s Senior School Manager with his office here in Des Moines. Lincoln earned his Master of Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2012 graduating Magna Cum Laude. His BA is in economics and political science from Hamline University in St. Paul. In addition to graduating with honors, Lincoln was a standout on the Piper baseball team and took part in campus government.

Lincoln recently married Kayla. They are active members of the Plymouth Church in Des Moines. He is an avid cross-fit athlete and enjoys Yoga. Lincoln and Kayla are heading off on a vacation next week to meander through the Southern United States.

March 17, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Member Spotlight: Iowa Division of Banking

idob_logo_2013The Iowa Division of Banking (IDOB) is a state agency whose mission is to protect the interests of those doing business with Iowa chartered banks, licensed financial service providers, and licensed professionals through regulation that ensures safety, soundness, and adherence to laws and regulations. The IDOB consists of three functional areas: Bank Bureau, Finance Bureau, and Professional Licensing Bureau. Each functional area has three primary functions: Licensing/Chartering, Examining/Auditing, and consumer complaint investigation. The IDOB has provided funding for teacher scholarships to the Jump$tart national conference and is a proud member of the Iowa Jump$tart.

This member of the Iowa Jump$tart coalition is represented by Rod Reed and Mary Sandvig. Rod Reed is currently the treasurer of Iowa Jump$tart. He has served on many committees and positions, including president. Rod was president when the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition received the State Coalition of the Year Award from the National Jump$tart Coalition in 2011. At the IDOB he is the bureau chief of the Finance and Professional Licensing Bureaus. Rod and his wife have two sons (one a recent ISU graduate employed as an engineer in Des Moines and the other still a student at ISU). Rod is a graduate of ISU. He and his family are proud supporters of ISU.

Mary is currently the president of Iowa Jump$tart and has participated in several committees for over 10 years, especially with web content.  She has been with the IDOB as a systems analyst and developer for a little over 13 years. Her interests are quite varied. Two children, ages five and seven, keep her on the move. She loves music and is the drummer and marketing manager of the Iowa Falls-based variety band, the “Mudpuppies.”

You may find more about this member at:  www.idob.state.ia.us

January 15, 2016 at 11:16 am

Member Spotlight: Iowa Insurance Division

IowaInsuranceDivisionThe Iowa Insurance Division has been a strong advocate for financial literacy since being a founder of the Iowa JumpStart Coalition in 2000. Representing the Iowa Insurance Division is Craig Goettsch, Education and Budget Director. Craig has served as Iowa JumpStart secretary for more than 10 years, and continues to lead JumpStart’s membership committee.

Craig has been actively involved in nearly every JumpStart initiative, including funding programs, speaking, serving on committees, being an officer, drafting policies and by-laws, and providing counsel. He has been a leader and advocate for all of JumpStart’s annual conferences for teachers and for the annual Money Smart Week Iowa. In addition, Craig is a founder and trustee of the Investor Protection Trust, served as President of the North American Securities Administrators Association, served on numerous NASAA committees and on the Board of Directors. A graduate of the University of Iowa law school, Craig has also served as an adjunct professor and taught securities law at Drake Law School and the University of Iowa Law School. Under Craig’s direction, the Iowa Insurance Division has raised awareness for financial literacy across the state, with major initiatives for numerous programs in schools, educational organizations and nonprofits, and collaborations with other government agencies.

Find more information about the Iowa Insurance Division at: http://www.iid.state.ia.us/

September 16, 2015 at 10:53 am

Iowa Jump$tart Receives $1,000 Award from Veridian Credit Union

VeridianCheckThe Iowa Jump$tart coalition would like to thank Veridian Credit Union for its generous $1,000 award to help support Iowa Jump$tart financial literacy initiatives. The award was recently presented by Veridian to Iowa Jump$tart Coalition President Mary Sandvig (pictured left).

June 30, 2015 at 11:20 am

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