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Financial Hope Collaborative

Our Mission

The Financial Hope Collaborative (FHC) at Creighton University identifies economic barriers for low and moderate income households, creates replicable solutions, and collaborates with community partners to implement these solutions. FHC identifies best practices in programs and policies and adapts them to the local community to facilitate access to the financial mainstream for all.

Background of FHC

The primary activities of the FHC include:

  • Innovative financial education in both our traditional and workplace curriculum tracks that works to change consumer behavior.
  • Access to the financial mainstream for low and moderate income families/individuals by piloting innovative financial products which move people away from fringe financial service providers.
  • Partnering with a wide range of entities to work jointly on moving families and individuals towards financial stability and eventually social mobility.

History of FHC

The work of the Financial Hope Collaborative (FHC) originally began when United Way of the Midlands (UWM) created the Financial Stability Partnership in 2006.   Staff (now at FHC) from the UWM served on National Task Force which played a key role in launching the United Way Worldwide’s National Financial Stability Partnership Initiative in 2008.  Some of the Partnership’s programs were transferred to Creighton University in 2010 under the Financial Hope Collaborative.  The Collaborative is located in the Heider College of Business at Creighton University.

From 2006 to the present-day, FHC staff have been the primary leaders in launching the following programs that move metro area families toward financial stability:

FHC’s strength lies in being able to concisely articulate community needs and identify solutions. The FINRA Foundation originally funded the Financial Success Program to demonstrate whether the success of the Workplace Financial Education Program could be replicated with single mothers.  Through tailored design and implementation, the Financial Success Program clearly demonstrated how life changing effective financial education can be for low income single mothers and their families.  Today, several funders support the FHC which serves a diverse population of low to moderate income families from across the metro area.