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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Challenging Herself to Save

It all started when Marchale Burton overheard Alabama cooperative extension colleague Isaac Chappelle, coordinator of Alabama Saves, explaining how saving just a little bit – even change – is all it takes to become a saver. “I thought about that,” Burton said, “and wanted to see if it would work.” So, she challenged herself to see how much change she could save.

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Transforming “I Can’t Save” to “I Will Save”

You will not believe what it took to completely change my life. About three years ago, the HR Administrator of the corporation where I worked (as a temp with no benefits) forwarded an email to me. Fifteen seconds. One small act of kindness. That's it - that's all it took!

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The Gift of Homeownership

Quaneka Willis, a single mother of three children, was receiving rental assistance through the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee when she decided to take control of her finances. So, in September of 2013 she attended the Make Your Money Talk program and pledged as a Wisconsin Saver. In less than 12 months, she had maximized her savings and was beginning the process of purchasing her first home.

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