IMC Financial Consulting
Marn Hoe Chong
Programs and Operations Analyst
Founded in 2016 by Tanya Van Court, Goalsetter is a family saving, investing, financial education, and smart spending platform that makes it easy for the whole family to go cashless while teaching them how to be money smart.
“This isn’t just about the kids. As much as it is about the kids, it’s also about the context in which our kids operate. It’s the context at home and helping their parents to navigate financial education and financial questions they might have. It’s about the context at school and helping their teachers and educators who serve them every day to get the same kind of financial tools and resources that we’re providing to the families. Because no one of us in America has gotten financial education [in schools] for the past 50 years and it’s time that we all get it.” – Tanya Van Court
The City of Birmingham
The City of Birmingham’s Department of Youth Services announced its $1 million investment into the Birmingham Financial Freedom Project to benefit Birmingham area students.
“The time is now to ensure that our youth are the most financially prepared and successful generation our country has produced,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin. “We have both a professional and moral responsibility to ensure the academic and financial success of our students. Their participation in our local, national and global economy is critical to the future of our community and our country, and it is our responsibility to cement their financial foundation as a cornerstone of their financial well-being.”
Birmingham City Schools
Birmingham City Schools is proud to be the pilot of the Financial Freedom Project. The program will start in 6 BCS schools: Birmingham schools: Jackson-Olin High School, Carver High School, South Hampton K-8 School, Hudson K-8 School, Sun Valley Elementary School, and Robinson Elementary School.
“Our job is not just to prepare students for college and careers, it is to prepare students for life, and that’s what the Birmingham Financial Freedom Project does. This is a one-of-a-kind partnership because the deliverables are built on a 360-approach to solving the wealth gap by providing the education, resources and opportunity needed to break the cycle of poverty and get people on the path to building wealth.” – Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Sullivan
As one of the largest commercial banks in the country, Regions Bank is dedicated to Regions is a leading regional financial institution that serves people and businesses in vibrant and dynamic markets throughout the Southeast, the Midwest, and Texas. The bank aligns its community engagement initiatives toward three key priorities: advancing economic and community development, supporting education and workforce readiness, and increasing financial wellness.
“Our participation in the Financial Freedom Project allows us to help create more inclusive prosperity in our community,” said Brandon Greve, consumer banking executive for Regions Bank. “That’s why you’ll see us in Birmingham schools teaching students the FFP fundamentals of saving money, spending wisely and managing credit in a productive way. We believe it’s never too early to have those important conversations and we appreciate the opportunity to collaborate on such a worthy project.”
Join the Work.
The work we do through the Financial Freedom Project would not be possible without the help of volunteers from financial institutions, like Regions, who send their financial experts into the classrooms to provide instruction through the FFP.
We have also partnered with other community entities like Bundles of Hope and Innovation Depot on our first Financial Empowerment Fair.
If your organization is interested in learning more about how you can partner with the Financial Freedom Project, send us an email
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- Maximizing income through accessing benefits, emergency cash assistance, and emergency loans
- Avoiding predatory scams
- Budgeting for income disruptions
- Accessing other social services, like food resources, vocational counseling, health and mental health resources, and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance services
Managing debt, from credit cards to student loans to child support, and guiding
negotiations with creditors