For those of you that don’t know, I’m the director of development (aka head fundraiser) at a kickass nonprofit called The Financial Clinic. The “Clinic” works to build financial security and to promote financial mobility for America’s working poor.

“What the heck does that mean?” you say.

It means we work to make it possible for working people to make ends meet in a world where cost of living often outpaces income.

We work directly with individuals and families to take control of their finances, we teach the organizations that work with this population how to make financial empowerment a part of their services, and we advocate for issues that improve their financial mobility.

One of those issues is saving for college.


Children with college savings of even $1 are 3x more likely to attend college than those with no college savings. Today, NYC announced a new program that will open 529 child savings accounts for New York City kindergartners. Next year, thousands of NYC kids that likely wouldn’t get a college savings account will have one – making each of them 3x more likely to make it to college!

We want to make it easier for New Yorkers across the state to open college savings accounts. Right now, we’ve got a bill (technically two) in front of Governor Cuomo that will do just that. These bills passed the New York State legislature and are just waiting for the Governor’s John Hancock. If you’ve got 30 seconds, please sign our petition to move these bills along!

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About the Author Aubrie Fennecken

Aubrie Fennecken is the Chief Alchemist at Opportunity Kitchen | work + wellness strategist | nonprofit fundraising expert | providing productivity and self-care support for mission-driven humans

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