OFE coordinates the Financial Education Network (FEN) that brings together a diverse community of educators, community organizations, and service providers to deliver financial education and counseling. The Network has more than 300 members; 70 provide direct service to the public and are listed in the FEN Directory.
OFE holds several FEN Forums annually to assist members with skill building and networking. Diverse topics have included immigrant services, legal referrals, and federal credit card policies. According to a fall 2008 survey, 88% of attendees found FEN Forums to be valuable networking events, and 76% reported that the FEN had succeeded in informing them about best practices in financial education.
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Below is a list of FEN Forums to date, with links to available presentations and resources. Note: All information is accurate as of the date delivered.
November 2011 - Accessing Your Cash in Today's Banking Landscape
- FEN Mapping
A visual analysis that shows client and counselor relationships and social service referral partnerships among FEN members.
- Pew Health Group’s Policy Recommendations
February 2011 - Taking Control of Debt: Helping Clients Defend Themselves against Unlawful and Aggressive Debt Collectors
October 2010 - Leveraging Public/Private Partnerships for Increased Resources
April 2010 - Understanding and Supporting Your Client: Techniques for Financial Counselors and Educators
September 2009 - Consumer Financial Protection and Credit Card Policy Reform
July 2009 - Immigration and Financial Education
April 2009 - Funders’ Perspective on Advancing the Field & Innovations in the Field: Aspen Institute and the Asset-Building Platform
February 2009 - Making Meaningful Legal Referrals
October 2008 - Medical Debt: A Barrier to Affordable Credit
July 2008 - Helping New Yorkers Deal with Debt Collection
April 2008 - How to Keep Them Coming Back for More: Strategies for Sustained Engagement of Clients
March 2008 - Adult Education Principles and Financial Coaching
December 2007 - Financial Education Network: Improving Quality and Accessibility