Friday, February 6, 2015

United Way of Greater Atlanta Expands Reach of Financial Education with Money Game 2 App


Groundbreaking app puts financial future in the palm of your hand

United Way of Greater Atlanta has launched Money Game 2 app. The app is the re-launch of Money Game, a free mobile application providing a new way for people to become engaged in a subject that some may consider boring – financial wellbeing. The new version of the app uses financial trivia to motivate users to learn how to become financially self-sufficient so they can do more than live from paycheck to paycheck. And the education doesn’t stop there. Users can obtain financial education certification – often a prerequisite for home buying or starting an Individual Development Account (IDA).

According to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, two in five adults say that they are now saving less than they were a year ago and 39% do not have any nonretirement savings,” says United Way of Greater Atlanta President Milton J. Little Jr. “Our Money Game 2 app has a reach beyond the classroom setting and educates users by providing tools they need to put their financial future in the palm of their hand.” Developed for users 16 and up, the Money Game 2 App features trivia topics including: -Five Steps to Debt Free Living -How to Be a Better Money Manager -Identity Theft -Prepare for the Unexpected -Investing Basics -Raising Money Smart Kids -Saving for Retirement In addition to trivia, the application will provide money management tools and financial education certification.



New this year, the mobile application has also been optimized for desktops for use in classrooms and other educational purposes. Curriculum for the application was developed between United Way and the SunTrust Foundation. The free mobile app is now available for download on Android and iOS operating systems via Google Play and the Apple Store.



We have enjoyed a long relationship with United Way of Greater Atlanta. It is only fitting that we partner with them to execute our SunTrust Foundation purpose of ‘Lighting the Way to Financial Well Being’,” says Jenner Wood, SunTrust chairman, Atlanta Division. “Over 75 percent of consumers tell us they could benefit from professional advice on everyday financial questions. We are pleased our support could provide this innovative education tool along with SunTrust teammates as financial mentors.”

About United Way of Greater Atlanta

Our United Way is the second-largest in the nation with more than $80 million in fundraising annually. We invest in more than 200 programs in 13 counties through the Community Impact Fund and participate in Collaborative Networks and Opportunity Zones with caring community partners to address challenges facing families and individuals. To donate, volunteer or advocate, dial 2-1-1 or visit unitedwayatlanta.org. About SunTrust Foundation The SunTrust Foundation gives primary consideration to nonprofit organizations and institutions engaged in activities promoting education, health and human services, culture and art, and, civic and community involvement that contribute to the social and economic development of the Metro Atlanta community we serve. Since 2012, the strategic giving focus has been Financial Well Being or giving people the feeling of confidence and control over their own finances. 
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