Blog Posts By: Megan Kursik

The Municipal Effect

Written by Megan Kursik, Coordinator of the Michigan Communities for Financial Empowerment In 2013, the City of Lansing was one of five cities competitively selected to launch a Financial  Empowerment Center to seamlessly integrate free, professional financial counseling with core city and nonprofit services. It’s now more than three years later and the cities came together last week to… Read more »

City Leaders Are Paving the Way Toward Financial Empowerment

Written by Megan Kursik, Michigan Communities for Financial Empowerment Coordinator Two weeks ago, I spent a busy three days in Seattle at a CFE Coalition forum, learning from city leaders working across the country to promote financial capability for their residents. The Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition is a group of dedicated local elected officials… Read more »

Lansing SAVEs For the Future

Written by Megan Kursik, Coordinator of Michigan Communities for Financial Empowerment Earlier this year 365 kindergarten students in the Lansing School District received a seed investment in their future. Each student was automatically enrolled in an education savings account by the City of Lansing. Lansing SAVE (or Student Accounts Valuing Education) is the first universal, automatic… Read more »

Get Ready for Show Me the Money Day 2014!

Written by Megan Kursik, Coordinator for Michigan Communities for Financial Empowerment Throughout January and February, 11 communities across Michigan will host Show Me the Money Day events, part of a statewide effort coordinated by CEDAM. Local events provide Michigan residents access to free financial workshops and financial resource fairs and offer food and prize drawings for… Read more »

Building a Financial Empowerment Movement in Michigan

Reflecting on success in Lansing and introducing a new opportunity for Michigan communities. On March 12, 2013, the City of Lansing launched the Lansing Financial Empowerment Center, part of a five site national replication generously supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Living Cities’ Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund. Though the City of Lansing and… Read more »