MADISON, Wis. (12/16/11)--Three credit unions have collectively donated $1 million to help nationally underwrite Biz Kid$, the Emmy Award-winning, credit union-funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship.
"We've seen great success with the show and accompanying curriculum throughout middle schools in North Carolina, so it's an easy decision to continually support Biz Kid$," said Mark Twisdale, executive director of the SECU Foundation.
Many SECU employees are trained on the show's curriculum and the credit union works with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to train teachers on the program.
"Biz Kid$ has had a tremendous impact in advancing financial literacy, not only within the educational community, but in households across the world," said Rudy Hanley, SchoolsFirst FCU president/CEO. "At SchoolsFirst FCU we are honored to support a program that educates, inspires and motivates the next generation of credit union members."
CU Solutions Group (CUSG), through its Invest in America program, also donated $700,000 for the second year in a row. CUSG's gift, combined with its $700,000 contribution last year, makes it one of the largest independent sponsors of Biz Kid$.
During the past six years, more than 260 credit unions and affiliates have raised about $10.4 million to support the show's production, website and curriculum. Every Biz Kid$ episode begins and ends with a narrator reminding viewers that: "Production funding for Biz Kid$ is provided by America's Credit Unions, where people are worth more than money."