For Organizations

America Saves makes it easy for your organization to get involved. We look forward to working with you!

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Sign Up Savers

Your organization can help individuals to save by providing them with the opportunity to sign up as a Saver on your own website using the America Saves pledge form or on our website. When someone pledges to save, they make a basic saving plan, and research shows that people with a plan save more successfully. America Saves will be able to track how many individuals pledge to save on your website and report that information back to you.

Direct people to AmericaSaves.org/pledge or contact America Saves to get a pledge form for your website.

If you would like to include the America Saves pledge form on your website, please contact Lindsay Ferguson with:

  • Your organization name 
  • The website you would like to install the form on
  • Any local America Saves campaign you are working with

NOTE: The pledge form should live on a page dedicated to the form. 

The data we can share with you: Number of people who pledged, zip code, referral source, savings goal, and amount pledged (total and median). You can use this data to describe the savers who pledged through your form, (for example, how many dollars your website visitors pledged to save during America Saves Week). 

What we do with the data: We do not share personal information with anyone. If those pledging to save opt-in, we will send them emails and texts. We also use aggregate saver goals and amounts pledged to show the impact of the campaign.  (America Saves does not track savings accounts.)

Contact America Saves About Signing up Savers

Get Involved

Hold a Competition

The University of Illinois Saves campaign developed, in partnership with America Saves, an internet-based communication and engagement strategy to reach faculty and students by setting up a competition among the university’s three campuses. The pilot program encouraged and motivated students, faculty, and staff to set a personal savings commitment and make a simple plan to achieve it by signing up as a University of Illinois Saver. The campus with the most Savers won the competition. The pilot demonstrated significant results in participation and sustainability. While the materials focus on students, this model can be replicated across many different organizations and audiences.

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Hold a Workshop or Webinar

TARGET AUDIENCE: INDIVIDUALS

Let America Saves be the action component of your financial education efforts. Use our presentations to encourage members, customers, and employees to save effectively. Presentations review why to save, what to save for, and strategies for saving. And they call on individuals to take financial action by pledging to be a Saver with America Saves. When someone pledges to save, they make a basic saving plan, and people with a plan save more successfully.

TARGET AUDIENCE: ORGANIZATIONS

WORKSHOPS

Multiply your outreach to individuals by promoting America Saves to colleagues within your organization, company, agency, or sector.

WEBINARS

If you are interested in holding a webinar for a network with significant regional or nationwide reach, America Saves can work with you to develop a customized presentation. Please email us to request a webinar.

Request a Webinar

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Organize a Local Campaign

If you are interested in organizing a community campaign, we are eager to help. America Saves supports affiliated campaigns with a significant amount of resources, materials, and technical assistance, including a support structure for both campaigns and individual savers.

Reach out to Carolyn Pemberton (202-939-1002), who is always ready to discuss your plans, answer any questions, and work with you to help develop your campaign. If Carolyn isn’t available, just ask to speak to any of us at America Saves.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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OUR PARTNERS

America Saves' work to improve saving behavior is generously supported by a number of partners.

Partner spotlight

06.17.2019 By Los Angeles Saves

Los Angeles Saves Partner Spotlight

Los Angeles Saves launched its fifth campaign year in 2019. The campaign was initiated in 2015 by the FDIC Los Angeles Alliance for Economic Inclusion (AEI), which is composed of financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies that recognized the importance of saving in its economic inclusion endeavors.

06.20.2020 By Benjamin Moss

The 2020 Designation of Savings Excellence Winners

This award is made annually to those financial institutions that go above and beyond to actively encourage members to save, increase savings, save automatically, and build wealth.

11.19.2019

Summit Follow Up

The America Saves Summit: Attacking the Savings Crisis took place on Wednesday, November 6th with engaged leaders representing a diverse group of industries, organizations and government agencies.

05.23.2019 By Lindsay Ferguson

Private and Public Sector Leaders Collaborate On America and Military Saves Week 2020

More than two dozen organizations (listed below) with a shared interest in helping Americans save money worked together to design and implement America Saves Week 2020.

02.19.2021 By America Saves

America Saves and AFCPE® Connect to an AFC Pilot

During America Saves Week 2019, America Saves and the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education® (AFCPE)® collaborated and launched the Connect to an AFC® pilot. The pilot connected over 50 individuals to Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) professionals across the country.

01.30.2019 By Faye Griffiths-Smith, UConn Extension|Connecticut Saves

Connecticut Saves Partner Spotlight

Connecticut Saves provides educational programs that benefit savers on a variety of topics, including financial literacy for young people and adults. Through America Saves, Connecticut Saves is able to further enhance its commitment to promoting the importance of saving.

Current Initiatives

 

AMERICA SAVES FOR YOUNG WORKERS

America Saves for Young Workers (ASYW) is an initiative of America Saves that promotes workplace savings for young adults. We are beginning our work in this area with a large and vulnerable population, young first-time summer workers from low-income households. These young people are inexperienced about personal finance and are less likely to save any of their earnings. Employment for this group of 16- to 24-year-olds reached nearly 20 million in July 2013, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE

America Saves is pleased to make America Saves for Young Workers their commitment to action as part of the Clinton Global Initiative. CGI America commitments are new, specific, and measurable plans to address economic recovery and growth in the U.S. America Saves’ commitment to action seeks to encourage first time workers to save by introducing them to direct deposit and automatic saving during their employee orientation.

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America Saves for Students Working Group

Educators across the country motivate and encourage students, faculty, and staff to save money and build wealth. This working group meets, via phone, on a quarterly basis to share best practices. Contact Lindsay Ferguson for more information. 

Contact Lindsay Ferguson

America Saves for Youth Savings

America Saves provides a free research-based program for financial institutions that can support and motivate youth to save effectively. The program focuses on 16-22 year olds and starts with youth taking the America Saves Pledge. Research shows that those with a financial plan are more likely to spend less than they earn and save the difference than those without a plan. The Pledge does just this. Youth choose a goal, and amount to save, and a time frame to save for – creating the most basic of savings plans. Once they have completed the Pledge, they will receive an automated electronic program that provides ongoing support, resources, and motivation to save regularly through email and/or text messages from America Saves.

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Young America Saves

Young America Saves helps young people ages 16-29 develop a saving habit by pledging to save between $5 and $25 dollars per month or more toward a specific goal. We advise youth to keep their savings in a bank account to make it less easy to access and to have a plan for making regular deposits into their savings account. In partnership with the University of Illinois, Young America Saves developed a competition model to encourage and motivate students, faculty and staff at the University’s three campuses to make a personal savings commitment by pledging to save in greater numbers than their competitor campuses. The competition features an internet based communication and engagement strategy for campus partners to reach their audiences.

Campaign for a Secure Retirement

Social Security along with America Saves, the American Savings Education Council, the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement, and the US Department of Treasury, launched the “Campaign for a Secure Retirement: Helping Millions of Americans Plan and Save for Retirement.” The campaign is a joint national educational retirement campaign to encourage retirement planning and saving and promote the online Social Security Statement, available through my Social Security, as an important retirement planning tool.

Text Messages

America Saves launched a new text message service, as part of Financial Literacy month, to keep savers motivated to save through text message tips and reminders. America Saves uses the goal savers choose when they take the America Saves pledge to help them find money to save and remind them to save for their specific goal.

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Military Saves

Military Saves, a component of America Saves, and a participant in the Department of Defense Financial Readiness Network seeks to motivate, support, and encourage military families to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth. The research-based Military Saves program, coordinated by the non-profit Consumer Federation of America (CFA), uses the principles of behavioral economics and social marketing to change savings behavior and motivate action.

Military Saves encourages the entire military community to take the Military Saves pledge and for organizations to promote savings year-round, and especially during Military Saves Month in April.

Military Saves also works with government agencies, defense credit unions, military banks, and other non-profit organizations to promote savings and debt reduction.

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Savings

54 Ways to Save Money

You’ve just taken the America Saves Pledge, or perhaps you simply need some inspiration for ways to save your money -- either way, we’re glad you’re here. Buckle up! It’s about to get REAL around here as we share 54 ideas to save some dinero. Let’s dive in by first establishing some general savings ideas to get you #ThinkingLikeASaver.

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4 Steps to Spending Your Stimulus Check Wisely When You Don't Have An Emergency Fund

Most Americans don't have an emergency fund. While we're all experiencing this pandemic very differently — some having only minor inconveniences and others finding themselves without a job or having to close their business — those without a savings cushion are vulnerable to feeling the ramifications of COVID-19 for a very long time.

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38 Reasons You Need At Least a $500 Emergency Fund

The age-old saying,” When it rains it pours” is especially true when an unexpected emergency pops up- as if you had nothing better to do than fork out $500 on new tires, or visiting the doctor. Recently the Federal Reserve noted that almost half of Americans do not have $400 cash available in an emergency fund.

Automatic Savings

01.29.2021 By Kia Young

What's The Easiest Way To Save? Automatically

The easiest and most effective way to save is automatically. Think about it, this saving automatically is the exact same way that millions of employees save through 401(k) and other retirement programs at work. So, taking that same concept— that you can “set it and forget it” and adjust to money going directly into savings would work for ANY savings goal you have— including saving for an emergency fund, homeownership, education, or even a vacation.

Savings

02.28.2019 By Reid Frankhauser

Saving For Retirement: It’s Easier Than You May Think

Written by Jeanne Thompson, Head of Workplace Solutions Thought Leadership, Fidelity Investments

Family

05.30.2019 By America Saves

Four Easy Ways to Make Saving a Family Affair

Everyone in your household can play a role in the financial success of your home. Here are four easy ways to make saving a priority for everyone under your roof.

Credit Cards

By America Saves

ATM Card, Debit Card, Credit Card: What’s the Difference?

Ever wonder what are the differences between ATM cards, debit cards, and credit cards? While they may seem similar, each works in a slightly different way and carries different protections. Here’s a brief description of each type of card and how it may affect your checking account balance.

Save to Reduce Debt

02.15.2021 By Amelia O’Rourke-Owens

4 Key Mindset Changes To Make When Paying Off Debt

When you decide to prioritize paying off debt, it can feel really great and really overwhelming at the same time. The good news is that you can be well on your way to being debt free with a few key changes.

Home

02.15.2021 By Madeline Daniels

The Unexpected Costs Of Buying A Home

Homeownership is considered a huge part of the “American Dream.” With Real Estate being one path to acquiring wealth, it’s something we all consider. When making the decision to buy a home you have to think beyond the purchase price of the home. There are many factors that contribute to how much you’ll *actually* be paying for your home over the life of the loan and beyond.

Family

By Guest Blogger

Six Fun Ways to Save as a Family

Meeting financial goals as a family can be challenging. But inspiring your family to help and contribute to a financial goal doesn’t have to be a painful process, especially when the result is an exciting vacation, a car, or college savings. In the spirit of America Saves Week, I’ll share some ideas on how to save as a family for all those items and bucket-list experiences.

02.01.2021 By Kia Young

How to Start Your Savings Journey

So you’ve decided that it’s time for you to get (more) serious about your finances, particularly saving. Great! This is a critical moment that happens for most working-class Americans, no matter how much money you’re making.

Savings

04.13.2018 By Darlene Aderoju

How to Start Planning for Retirement if You Haven't Already

It’s never too early or too late to start planning for retirement. In fact, the sooner you begin planning, the better off you’ll be.

Debt

02.15.2021 By Amelia O’Rourke-Owens

Save On Interest With This Debt Repayment Strategy

Congratulations, you’ve made the decision to pay off your debt and to stop handing over your hard-earned money to interest each month!

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Creating a budget for your family

It’s always the right time to create a saving and spending plan (aka a budget). It’s also a good idea to revisit that plan annually or when a major shift occurs in your income or expenses.

Savings

12 ways to save energy and money

Energy takes a huge bite out of household budgets, with the typical family spending about $2200 each year on utility bills. But today is the nation's first Energy Efficiency Day, the perfect opportunity to assess your energy use and start saving.

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