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Apprisen - Helping Military Families
Apprisen has helped over a half-million predominantly low-to-moderate-income individuals and families learn to manage money, balance their budgets and...
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Military OneSource Tax Program
As of January 14, 2012, the Military OneSource Tax Program will launch the H&R Block at Home® free electronic tax filing service. File your Federal a...
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Kids Rank
Because military families move around frequently, increased awareness of community resources will also be a priority.
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Economic Awareness Council

The Economic Awareness Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to prepare students and families for the economic and financial decisions they will make both today and tomorrow. Meeting the needs of families and youth with limited resources is emphasized.

​The EAC emphasizes skills development, behavior change and peer motivation. The organization approaches financial education through hands-on activities based in real world experiences. For example, in EAC programs youth learn about financial choices by budgeting as a mock family, by competing in investing simulations, by making their own banks and by preparing articles on financial topics for On the Money magazine. The EAC emphasizes a youth focused financial education approach where students learn about financial management from other teens and young adults through peer education and youth media. EAC evaluations consistently indicate that this approach is effective with over 9 out of 10 youth participants agreeing that they learned something new and gained information that they could use in the future in EAC programs.

​The EAC's reach has grown dramatically in the 9 years since it was founded. The organization has increased its program attendance from approximately 50 in 2003 to over 13,000 in 2012. The EAC was selected by the Consumer Federation of America to lead the organization’s first statewide, youth focused saving initiative in 2010. Over 2,500 Illinois youth have pledged to save over $1,000,000 through this initiative. The organization was chosen as one of two initial non-profit partners of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2013.

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Money Management International (MMI)

At Money Management International (MMI), our mission is to improve lives through financial education.

 MMI is the largest nonprofit, full-service credit counseling agency in the United States. Since 1958, we have been helping consumers find the tools and solutions they need to achieve financial freedom. We provide professional financial guidance, credit counseling, community-wide educational programs, debt management assistance, bankruptcy counseling and education services, and housing counseling assistance to consumers via phone, Internet and in-person sessions. MMI is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) and The Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies (AICCCA).

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Free Tax Return Preparation for Military Personnel

The Illinois CPA Society's CPAs for the Public Interest, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, offers the Military Service Tax Preparation Project to provide free personal income tax return filing assistance to members of the US armed Forces who have recently returned or are still serving on active duty in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area.

The Illinois CPA Society's CPAs for the Public Interest will match military personnel and/or their family members with CPA volunteers in their area who will provide free personal federal and state income tax preparation assistance.