COUNTRY Financial® invests $325,000 in grants to curb financial illiteracy

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COUNTRY Financial awarded $325,000 to 21 organizations, six from Chicago, that offer financial education programs and resources to single parent families through its 2015-2016 Count on COUNTRY Financial grant program. The grants support opportunities and resources to help parents and children increase their financial security in the Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Portland areas. Count on COUNTRY Financial has awarded $1 million to nonprofits since 2008. The Chicago nonprofit Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC), a 2014-2015 Count on COUNTRY Financial grant recipient, is an example of the grant program’s success – the Center for Working Families program had more than 600 clients seeking job training and placement. The 2015-2016 Chicago grant recipients:

Instituto del Progreso Latino

Instituto del Progreso Latino’s Mujer Avanzando: Camino al Éxito (Women Advancing: Pathway to Success) program is designed to help Latina women in Chicago. Many of these women are single parent heads of household, who aim to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency.

Northwest Side Housing Center

Northwest Side Housing Center’s Women Forward Chicago program targets low- and moderate-income women to provide life skills such as financial stability for mothers, grandmothers, guardians and their children. Women make progress toward financial goals, build confidence, connect with essential community resources and become more financially secure through an educational and therapeutic approach.

Spanish Coalition for Housing

This Chicago organization provides single parents with financial literacy, education, asset development, and individual financial counseling. The Spanish Coalition for Housing (SCH) provides financial stability workshops highlighting topics including: budgeting, savings, checking accounts, credit cards, and net worth.

For a complete overview of the Chicago grant recipients, plus a list of recipients located in Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Portland, please visit

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