We live in an increasingly complex financial world, with more saving and investment choices than ever. Americans are increasingly responsible for managing their finances on their own, but there has been very little education to help us with this DIY approach.


of Americans can’t come up with $500 in an emergency situation1

of Americans don't pay off their credit card debt in full each month2 

of Americans don't make their loan payments on time each month2

It’s a problem that cuts across all walks of life – blind to socioeconomic status, age and gender. The need for financial education is clear. And we’re committed to positive change through training, empowerment, and community support.

Read an op-ed about the financial literacy crisis by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, President of the Charles Schwab Foundation 

Take ownership of your financial situation.

Financial literacy and security are key to your well-being, confidence, and freedom. Schwab MoneyWise® is a comprehensive and unbiased source of financial education, guidance, and interactive tools needed to succeed.

On Schwab MoneyWise, you can:

  • Access tools and calculators to organize and prioritize your finances.

  • Learn money basics: budgeting, saving, paying down debt, participating in a retirement plan, and more.

  • Prepare for life’s major milestones such as marriage, starting a family, retirement, and more.

  • Find out how to talk to your kids about earning, saving, and spending to help them make smarter money choices.

Master the essentials at Schwab MoneyWise 

Building strong financial futures through education and community involvement.

Understanding the basics of personal finance is critical for people of all backgrounds. Building financial literacy is a top priority at Schwab. After all, our company was founded on breaking down barriers to provide equal access to investing and help people make the most of their money. We help build strong financial futures through a number of programs and partnerships, including:


A financial capability program for teens that 
teaches core money management skills through traditional
classroom-based curriculum, digital learning, and experiential hands-on exercises. Over 900,000 teens have completed the program to date.

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A partnership that
matches donations to
fund financial literacy classroom projects and teacher professional development to provide financial education tools and other key classroom resources for grades K-12.

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An award-winning website tackling the topic of money management with hands-on tools and language that's clear, straightforward and engaging.

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An engaging digital learning experience designed to help college students build their financial knowledge and set them up for a lifetime of smart financial decisions offered free through University of California Irvine, University of California Los Angeles, University of Colorado Denver and Colorado State University.

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A national 14-week financial education competition that pairs individual members of Congress and financial capability programming with public schools in every congressional district nationwide to teach middle and high school students about saving, investing, and government.

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A weekly personal finance column by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP® and Charles Schwab Foundation president, addressing financial questions from everyday Americans.

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Learn more about how Charles Schwab supports financial education

Making a difference

We’re proud of the impact we’ve had on our communities:

  • Teens who have completed the Money Matters program showed an 82% improvement in saving, a 33% improvement in budgeting, and a 46% improvement in managing credit and debt.

  • In partnership with DonorsChoose, we’ve brought financial literacy to 50 states and 600+ schools

  • Since 2007, we’ve sparked progress in the development of financial talent through over $3.4 million in university grants, providing schools with valuable tools and resources.

Find out more about how Schwab works to give back to local communities

1. From Bankrate 2017 Money Pulse Survey 

2. 2017 Schwab Modern Wealth Index

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