Funding the Future Newsletter October 2016
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Support the FTF Field Trip Fund Crowdfunding Campaign

At a recent performance in Washington DC, FtF brought together 1,100 students from 10 schools in neighboring Montgomery County, Maryland, for a presentation at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. We lined up the band, the venue, the staff, the volunteers, and the press. All was in readiness. All we needed was for the kids to come.
As it turns out, moving 1,100 kids is no easy feat. Nor is it cheap. $6,500 was required to mobilize the County's own school busses and drivers.
And who was going to teach the students not attending the field trip? Substitute teachers needed to be paid cover every teacher/chaperone. Where was that money going to come from?  
Often, schools don't have room in their lean budgets to absorb these expenses, and passing the cost on to low-income students and parents is not an option.
So we had an idea. What if we established a fund to cover these expenses, and remove all impediments for students to hear our message.  The FtF Field Trip Fund was born.
We need you to help pave the road for all to attend. 
$5 a child. That's what it works out to. 
For $5, you can guarantee that a student will get to hear FtF's message. That's $100 for an entire classroom. $500 for a full bus load of eager minds to learn financial self-empowerment.

You can make a difference. Every donation counts. Please give generously.  THANK YOU!

We have rocked over 13,500 students already this fall.  Here are some of the highlights

 Washington, DC

Traci Richmond with the Meakem Group sponsored presentations in the Washington DC area on September 21st and 22nd.  The first one was Lisner Auditorium on the George Washington University Campus with over 1,100 students being bused in from Montgomery County Schools.  Feedback from teachers and administrators was so positive that the County has booked 4 performances for June 2017 will be including a line item in their budget for Spring 2017, 2018 and beyond. 
Three-hundred Upper Schoolers at the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland enjoyed a rousing high energy presentation on their campus the following day.

 Philadelphia, PA & Wilmington, DE

Four Raymond James sponsors brought a total of eight shows in the Philadelphia, PA, and Wilmington, DE, areas the week of September 26th.  Danielle Page with the Page Group of Raymond James and Hilary Seabrook with the Seabrook Seus Group of Raymond James were returning sponsors. We welcomed new sponsors Dawn Maddox from Adaptive Wealth Planning of Raymond James and Michael McCall from the PAX Partners of Raymond James.  In Wilmington, Dr. Mark Holodick, Brandywine Superintendent attended the event, keeping the seniors after the program.  He spoke to them directly, stating that this would be the most powerful thing they would learn this school year. 


 Asheville, NC

New sponsor Dawn Starks from Starks Financial Group sponsored three middle school presentations in the Asheville, NC area.  Dawn teamed up with Celeste Collins from On Track Financial Education to book the schools.  A number of United Way volunteers also assisted on the day of the events to help get the students into the auditoriums.  One of the volunteers, Shari Smith had great things to say about Funding the Future: “The kids and staff really enjoyed it yesterday.  The band is musically, vocally, and interpersonally GREAT.  You can really sense the passion that Gooding has in getting this message out to kids early.  I wish that information was available to me at an early age, but it’s never too late to get it together.  Again, thank you so much!”


 Miami, FL

Good luck was with us when the two presentations in the Miami area went on as planned in spite of hurricane Matthew in the area the previous week.  The first event on October 10th at the Arsht Performing Arts Center was generously sponsored by Mindy Wilson, Kathie Broyles and the Suedhoff Family Foundation.  Hundreds of students from Miami-Dade school district were bused in.  Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the nation’s fourth largest school system and Tash Elwyn, President of Raymond James & Associates attended the event.
Laura Steckler from the Steckler Wealth Management Group of Raymond James sponsored the second event on October 11th at South Dade Senior High School.  Students from other schools were also bused in for the presentation.


  St. Petersburg, FL

Karen Julien of the Carillon Branch of Raymond James sponsored a presentation for 700+ students in St. Petersburg, FL, on October 14th.  Karen worked with officials at South County High Schools to bus students to St. Petersburg High School for the event. Special Raymond James guests included Mike White, Chief Marketing Officer, Jeff Julien, Chief Financial Officer and Raymond James & Associates President Tash Elwyn.

  Naples, FL

We visited five schools in Naples, Florida last week sponsored by Ilona Box and Shelly Church of the Church and Box Group of Raymond James.  Three media outlets covered the event and the Collier County School District filmed a promotional video which is now posted on their FaceBook page.  Here is a quote from a student who attended one of the events: “Thank you for putting on a fantastic performance as well as a great informative section on finances. This will very much help me later in life and I hope that you can spread the word to other schools, states, and countries.”

  Louisville, KY

Our first and only stop in Kentucky this tour was sponsored by Tom Hirsch with Louisville Wealth Management of Raymond James.  The financial literacy presentation was held at Eastern High School with the students of Crosby Middle School filling the auditorium.  Joseph Stivers, a band teacher at Crosby, organized the event and the busing of the students.  The school plans to distribute the curriculum we provided and use it with their students this coming week.  Our new Board Member, Jecorey Arthur, was also in attendance and said he was inspired by the performance.  Afterward Jecorey invited Gooding to come as a guest to one of his music classes at nearby Hite Elementary.  Gooding played guitar and participated in some music games with the second grade students.

Photo by Jane Love Photography

Board Minutes

Jonah Bank of Wyoming Hosts JEAN DAY to support Funding the Future
On October 14, Jonah bankers in Cheyenne  paid $5 to wear jeans and Jonah Bank matched all proceeds to support Funding the Future’s Annual Crowdfunding Campaign. This generous $500 gift will help support our mission of providing a unique financial literacy presentation to youth in our communities and across the United States.  This was made possible by our Board Member, Michele DeHoff, AVP Commercial Lender for Jonah Bank Wyoming.

Advisory Board Member Jennifer Davidson Honored by the Council on Economic Education
Our own Advisory Board member, Jennifer Davidson has received the Rising Star Award from the Council on Economic Education and National Association of Economic Education. This award recognizes someone who has "hit the ground running" in their leadership and quest to advance economic and financial literacy. So proud to have you on our team, Jennifer!


October 24, 2016 - St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, Washington, MO
October 25, 2016 St. Peter Catholic School, Wichita, KS
October 26, 2016 - Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Wichita, KS
October 26, 2016 - Southeast High School, Wichita, KS
October 31, 2016 - Woodside Middle School, Des Moines, IA
October 31, 2016 - Bondurant-Farrar Middle School, Bondurant, IA
November 1, 2016 - Treynor High School, Treynor, IA
November 1, 2016 - Atlantic High School, Atlantic, IA
November 2, 2016 - Gretna Middle School, Gretna, NE
November 3, 2016 - Pound Middle School, Lincoln, NE
November 4, 2016 - Waverly High School, Waverly, NE
November 4, 2016 - Benson High School, Omaha, NE
November 7, 2016 – John Overton High School, Nashville,TN
November 10, 2016 – Nancy Phillips Event at Casey Middle School, Boulder, CO (2 shows)
November 17, 2016 - Tuscaloosa Schools at Tuscaloosa Ampitheater, Tuscaloosa, A



The impact he made on that group of kids will be felt for a lifetime.

JOHN COYNE President / CEO
Big Horn Federal Savings Bank

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