For her commitment to and active involvement in financial education, National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) Executive Director Gigi Hyland has been named 2018 Financial Literacy Advocate by Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU). She will be formally honored April 19, 2018 at the annual FMFCU Partners in Education Celebration, a premier academic achievement recognition event being held at Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center, Drexel Hill, Pa.
“I’m deeply honored by this recognition,” Hyland said. “I feel privileged to wake up each day and focus my work at the Foundation on helping people improve their financial lives through credit unions. After all, money is just the tool to help us all achieve what we want in life—financial stability, a home, education. We all can be advocates for our neighbors, friends, and family who are struggling financially. By understanding the why behind people’s financial struggles, we can make huge progress to help everyone achieve their financial dreams.”
Helping people improve their financial lives is Hyland’s number one passion. Under her auspices the Foundation administers Biz Kid$, a national financial literacy programs that teaches 9 to 16-year-olds about money and helps them develop life skills. Biz Kid$ includes an Emmy award-winning television series created by the same team that produced “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” In addition to her leadership role with the Foundation, Hyland serves on the advisory board of the popular Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program, available through Credit Union Network for Financial Literacy (CUNFL).
“In the credit union industry, Gigi Hyland is known as a staunch advocate for collaboration and improving financial education outreach,” said Rick Durante, FMFCU Vice President of Education. Durante is also the executive director of FMFCU’s charitable foundation, Partners in Education, which he said has been directly influenced by Hyland’s work.
Hyland will join a bevy of teachers and scholars who are also being honored at the 2018 Partners in Education Celebration before an audience of more than 600 students, parents, educators, business leaders, and public servants.
FMFCU Partners in Education is a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary mission is to collect and distribute funds that support education as well as the implementation of financial literacy and youth initiatives in communities served by FMFCU. Visit PartnersInEducationFoundation.org for more information.