Stories have the power to connect, to inspire, to create impact, and to promote change. They take us beyond the numbers, bringing data and impact to life. As an organization, our mission is to positively impact the financial well-being of all people by ensuring the highest standards of financial counseling,... Read More >

Andi Wrenn, AFCPE® Board President

In this article, let's shift our focus away from the past and dive headfirst into the exciting developments taking place at AFCPE. The year has been brimming with positive changes, and it's essential to encourage your participation in these exciting endeavors. AFCPE has embarked on a journey towards growth, implementing... Read More >

Meghan McInnes, AFC®, FFC®, FBS®

The AFCPE® Research & Training Symposium is my favorite annual holiday that isn’t a real holiday. I’ll explain. On Thanksgiving, for example, one may go to a relative’s house to celebrate over delicious food, visit with family members they don’t see daily, get family member activity updates and share what’s... Read More >

Tess M. Jackson, AFC ® Candidate

The Black Girl's Guide to Financial Freedom by Dr. Paris Woods is a rare read offering financial strategies specifically for African-American women. A first-generation Harvard graduate, Woods had a humble familial financial background. She, like most readers, learned financial lessons through trial and error. As a result, this book is... Read More >

April Berggren-Batts

Do you remember your first memories connected to banking? When I was a child, the bank meant I would get a lollipop. This was a huge deal because my family did not keep candy in our house. Candy was a luxury not commonly in the budget. While I was observing... Read More >

Axton Betz-Hamilton

Seventy-five percent of all homes in the United States will be burglarized within a 20-year span (Biermeier, 2023).  In 2021, property valued at $737,294,919,165 was stolen in residential burglary cases, with miscellaneous items being the most common items stolen.  These sobering statistics indicate a critical need to help clients reduce... Read More >

Jennifer Pohlsander, AFC Candidate

In 2020, amid COVID I started working on my AFC certification. It seemed nearly impossible to find opportunities for experience hours (use a different word than amid again) amid the restrictions. In addition to that obstacle, my family moved halfway across the country where I would have to make new... Read More >

Research to Practice Task Force

Interlocking Challenges:  Insights from the CFPB Report on Emergency Savings  and Financial Security  Nearly one in four American consumers do not have any savings. What insights and strategies can financial counselors gain from the March 2022 report on emergency savings by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)?  The report, Emergency savings... Read More >