"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has…"

-Margaret Mead

About Us

Established in 2004, the Illinois Jump$tart Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and one of 49 proud State Affiliates of the National Jump$tart Coalition, which was founded in 1995 and is based in Washington, D.C.

The Mission of the Illinois Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is to be a catalyst for enhancing the financial capability of young people through advocacy, collaboration and communication among key stakeholders.

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We believe that all our kids deserve the knowledge and skills they’ll need to avoid financial trouble, and build secure, comfortable and productive lives for themselves and their families.

If you agree, you and/or your organization, can help us to achieve that goal by making a tax-deductible donation to Illinois Jump$tart, or by becoming involved in one of the following ways…


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