“Educating those who serve” is not just the mission of First Command Educational Foundation (FCEF), it’s our reason for existence. FCEF is committed to ensuring individuals, at all stages of their life, have the knowledge and skills to make informed, intelligent decisions about their financial future. FCEF has worked tirelessly to provide and promote education through scholarships and financial readiness education. As U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan informed the Advisory Council on Financial Capability in January 2010, “I think the challenge we face now is that we don’t have a financially literate population.”
Providing financial readiness education (especially at an early age) is very important because many consumers finish school without learning even the basics of money management, such as creating and sticking to a budget. Many individuals later learn these skills through the schools of trial and error and “hard knocks.” We at FCEF understand that one size does not fit all. From educator-developed and -approved classroom material, to online learning and quizzes, we’ve got you covered. We have tools to increase and promote financial know-how for you, your family, and the communities in which you live and work.
Click here to view a number of financial readiness education tools First Command Educational Foundation has developed for use by organizations and individuals, including Military Money Matters, Money Matters Online, Money Matters Reference, SavvySaver, and Basic Finances 4 ALL. Available here too is our library of presentations on a variety of general and military-specific financial topics, as well as Wall Street University and a Spanish-language course developed by FCEF.
Financial Tools and Calculators
Click here for some easy-to-use online calculators to help you solve some common financial problems, including our Command Debt Terminator debt reduction calculator and Spending Plan Tool. If you find these calculators helpful, be sure to bookmark this page or suggest it as a link to your favorite home page or search engine.
Volunteer Speakers Program
First Command Educational Foundation relies upon dedicated volunteer speakers to help us meet our demand for financial readiness presentations nationwide. We are are always ready to welcome new members to these ranks of professionals. Please click here to learn more about our program, and click here to view the FCEF Standard Financial Presentations list.
Education Sponsors and Partners
First Command Educational Foundation thanks our generous sponsors and partners who made it possible for us to create our Money Matters Reference, Money Matters Online, and Military Money Matters educational programs.
Key Education Documents
Please click here for access to DoDINST 1344.07, military approval letters, verification of 501(c)(3) status, and certain FCEF brochures.
Please click here for information to help you contact FCEF and our staff members.