Gooding Presents Financial Literacy Tour


The driving purpose and overall mission of “Funding the Future” is to educate students across the country on the importance of smart financial decisions, through a multimedia presentation including music, video and an inspirational message shared by a musical celebrity. Funding the Future emphasizes the importance of financial literacy at a young age.

Participants learn tools to make informed decisions throughout their lives, gaining the discipline and confidence to see their own dreams as possibilities. Financial success for students who avoid debt and make sound financial decisions has a significant impact on their future success in their lives, families, communities, and even the environment.

Funding the Future is a tax exempt organization under section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We can only achieve our goals with the assistance of generous donations from people who care about the futures of our young people. Without these donations, teaching these kids and their families nationwide would not be possible. Donate here.

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Financial literacy rocks, AOF learned this Tuesday, literally. The band “Gooding” performed in the gym for AOF and members of Raymond James. During the concert, the band’s lead guitarist/vocalist shared his own personal story to inspire young people with lessons of finance and discipline and to help them see their dreams are possible. Some of the stories shared covered the importance of self-reliance, positive influence of education and community mentors, creating a financial savings and investment game plan, debunking the myth and hype of overnight success and managing the rise in expenses as income increases. All were lessons learned from a life in the music business. This was a great program planned almost a year ago. Thank you Raymond James and AOF teachers! – Principal, Northeast High School Academy of Finance, St. Petersburg, FL