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Welcome to the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy

Money Smart Week Wisconsin

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Governor's Financial Literacy Awards

Adobe PDF Document Governor's Financial Literacy Awards 2019 recipients synopsis

Wisconsin Summit on Financial Literacy 2018, Lambeau Field

Adobe PDF Document Summit Flyer and Adobe PDF Document Summit Program

Financial Literacy Education in Schools

Adobe PDF Document In 2010, a survey showed that just 25 percent of Wisconsin high schools required students to take a personal finance class in order to graduate.

Adobe PDF Document In 2016, based on a district-by-district review conducted by DFI, the percentage of districts with such a requirement had risen to 64 percent.

Adobe PDF Document And today – drum roll, please – more than 70 percent of Wisconsin high schools now have such a requirement in place, based on DFI’s most recent survey.

Adobe PDF Document List of school districts and how they deliver personal financial literacy instruction

Financial Literacy Education in the Workplace

Adobe PDF Document Wisconsin Employer Financial Wellness Input Survey findings

The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), on behalf of the Workplace Financial Literacy Committee of the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy, surveyed Wisconsin employers to learn more about employer-provided financial education in the State.

Key Findings

  • 59% of respondents currently offer financial education to their employees.
  • Large companies are much more likely than small firms to offer financial education.
  • The vast majority (86%) of firms that offer financial education have done so for more than 1 year.

Governor's Council on Financial Literacy and Members

The Council's mission is to measurably improve the financial literacy of Wisconsin's citizens through the actions listed on Executive Order #24 and shall guide and serve as a continuous sounding board for the Office of the Governor and the Department of Financial Institutions' Office of Financial Literacy.

Many Wisconsin families— but particularly low- and moderate-income ones—struggle to deal effectively with the complex range of choices they encounter in the financial services markets. Families that lack financial assets have little ability to build wealth and they contribute to rising consumer debt. Surveys also show that youth lack basic financial skills and knowledge.

The Council is part of a pro-active approach to improving financial literacy in Wisconsin and making the state the recognized national leader when it comes to promoting financial literacy.

The Council welcomes and encourages your participation. Please pass along your ideas and suggestions by sending e-mail to: David Mancl.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

The Governor's Council on Financial Literacy

Articles of Interest

Contact Information

For additional information, contact the Office of Financial Literacy Director David Mancl at (608) 261-9540 or email