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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

"Paranoia means having all the facts."

--William S. Burroughs, Beat Generation writer (1914-1997)

Financial Planning for Women program receives grant money

The Financial Planning for Women program, developed by Utah State University professor Jean Lown, has received a $25,000 grant from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

"Receiving this grant means Financial Planning for Women is recognized nationally as one of the nation's most effective and creative community financial education programs," Lown said.

The grant money will help improve and expand the program's Web site, increase advertising and promotion and enhance the presentations and content.

The program gives Lown an opportunity to educate people about something she feels strongly about.

"I enjoy teaching people, especially women, about their financial futures because people need to think about how they will support themselves later in life," Lown said. "The program gives me an opportunity to motivate women to take charge of their financial situation."

Financial Planning for Women is a free, monthly seminar where women learn about personal finance and investing. Lown developed the program nine years ago as a service to the community and as an opportunity for her family finance students to gain experience in presenting educational programs. All attendees receive a starter packet, including a financial checkup and several brochures and tools to help them answer their financial questions.

"The program targets women because too many married women assume their husbands will take care of all financial needs for the rest of their lives," said Lown. "Most of the topics discussed, however, do pertain to couples and families so men are always welcome."

FPW is held the second Wednesday of each month and serves women in northern Utah and southeastern Idaho. Financial Planning for Women is the only program in the region providing free, monthly financial planning education. For more information about the program, lists of upcoming topics or money-saving tips visit its Web site.




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