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New Road Map Foundation is sponsoring a study of methods used by individuals and families who have successfully gotten out of debt. A project in cooperation with students at the University of Colorado Denver, the study will be used to develop educational materials to help other consumers to avoid or resolve financial distress in lasting, meaningful ways. Take the survey
Resource Canada: FinancialHighway
A general financial education blog with a Canadian point of view, FinancialHighway offers plenty of material of interest to FIers everywhere, from spending and debt to money psychology.
If you use a credit card, how can you guard against unauthorized charges from outside sources or your bank? Consider BillGuard to help you monitor and challenge suspect charges.
Resource: The Mindful Word
Check out The Mindful Word, a blog highlighting the benefits of seeking and living "enough" in personal finances, lifestyle choices, business, and more.
In the news: Homeowners battle banks to stop foreclosures ... and win
In some encouraging news, homeowners are beginning to make headway against faulty foreclosures by turning the banks' flawed processes and illegal actions against them in court, and banks are taking notice. But, have the illegal actions stopped happening?
In the news: 8 ways to de-corporatize your money
Concerned about supporting mega-banks with your money? Looking for alternatives to huge corporate financing options? Here are some simple ways to put your money to work more locally and more personally, from Yes! Magazine.
Resource: FI classes in Florida
Holly Thomas is holding an FI-oriented financial workshop in Tampa on Friday, April 27, titled "Financial Lifestyle Planning Workshop: Will I Be OK?"
Resource: Making Good
Is it possible to have a meaningful career and make money at the same time? According to the authors of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World, the answer is "yes!"
Member Profile: Holly P. Thomas
Holly Thomas is our newest Speaker/Instructor. A long-time professional in banking and financial planning, Holly specializes in helping individuals and small businesses create integrated financial/life plans that meet their needs.
Resource: The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing
The Mesh provides a new way to look at the economy and consumption, and explores a new business model based on that vision.
Resource: RSF Social Finance
RSF Social Finance is a world leader in social investing and giving, and sustainable economies.
In the news: JOBS Act: Crowdfunding Could Give a Boost to Small Business
President Obama has signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, removing outdated regulation that has made it all but impossible for the smallest businesses to gain investors, or for small investors to put their money to work supporting local businesses. Read what the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies has to say about the how the new rules may affect the economy and investors.
Member profile: Peter Rodgers
We welcome a new FI instructor listed on the site, our very first in Australia. Learn more about Peter here.
Resource: Microfinance and crowdfunding
Once you’ve established your emergency fund, if you’e looking for a way to share your life energy and make a difference, you might consider Kiva Microfinance. Interested in supporting social entrepreneurs as well? Check out StartSomeGood to learn how.
Event: Money & Life 2012
In partnership with the Whidbey Institute, NRM is hosting a convening of new economic innovators in commerce, finance, activism, and academia, who are creating a new equitable and sustainable economy from the ground up. Using the rough-cut of the new film Money & Life by documentarian Katie Teague as a launching pad, we will share what is working and challenge each other to deepen and broaden the transformative power of our organizations, businesses, and our own lives. See Money & Life Event for more information.
Resource: Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood
Childhood influence is a powerful shaper of individual lifelong relationships with money. Many parents today are concerned about counteracting the influence of child-targeted marketing, from television commercials to candy ads painted on school walls. The Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood seeks to address some of these concerns.
In the news: Launching the Boomerang Generation
The economic downturn has had a particular impact on young adults, with more of them unemployed now than at any time since 1948. "Boomerang" arrangements are a common way of dealing with the phenomenon - but how best to manage the arrangement to everyone's benefit? Read some suggestions from Share Save Spend.
In the news: Most Trustworthy Companies
Investing in US companies? You can find out their level of financial integrity by relying on GMIRatings, Inc. Read the Forbes article featuring the top most trustworthy companies before you buy.
In the news: The Secret to Living Well on Less
As we’ve learned, the secret to contentment isn’t accumulation of “stuff,” but following an internal compass that points a course illuminated by our true values. Amy Gutman explores how changing our “reference group” – those we compare ourselves to – can help us change our spending and accumulating habits.
Resource: 1001 Things They Won't Tell You
If you need to make a major purchase, make home repairs, buy insurance, or any number of other transactions, 1001 Things They Won't Tell You can provide a useful overview of potential "gotchas" to be aware of.
Resource: Sustainable Seattle
Sustainable Seattle is part of a national project to examine more holistic means of measuring prosperity, beyond GDP, and make communities stronger, more sustainable, and more livable. The Happiness Project Survey can be a tool for FIers to help clarify personal values as they relate to economic well-being.
In the news: Easing the hassles of changing banks
Thinking of changing banks? Ease the challenges of getting all your automated services changed over with the Bank Switch Kit from consumerismcommentary.com.
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The Financial Integrity program has its roots in the groundbreaking work of the late Joe Dominguez, co-author with V. Robin of the best seller Your Money Or Your Life. This wiki is sponsored by the non-profit New Road Map Foundation (NRM). Founded in 1984 to disseminate the proceeds from Joe’s original seminar recordings, NRM continues via this web site to support people in transforming their relationship with money, and aligning their finances with their values.
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