La Crosse, Eau Claire organizations receive Wisconsin Financial Literacy Awards

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — Organizations from our community were among those to receive the 2020 Governor’s Financial Literacy Awards announced Thursday.

Gov. Tony Evers honored eight individuals and five organizations as recipients of the 2020 Governor’s Financial Literacy Awards in a virtual ceremony. The recipients were honored for their efforts in helping Wisconsinites build their financial literacy and capability skills.

“Financial education should build on and respond to people’s individual strengths, circumstances, and needs in order to help them work toward their own unique goals,” said Evers. “The dedication of these individuals and organizations to help Wisconsinites become more financially secure and achieve their dreams is commendable and helps ensure not only the future success of individuals and families, but our entire state.”

Among the winners were 7 Rivers Region Chapter of Credit Unions in La Crosse, Test Drive Digital by Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire and Majel Hein, Senior Financial Literacy Counselor, Marine Credit Union Foundation, La Crosse.

The total list of recipients is:

Individual Category:
  • Coretta Herring, Financial Clinic Director, Riverworks, Milwaukee
  • Johvon Holmes, Realtor, First Weber Group Inc., Milwaukee
  • Steve Martin, Business Education Teacher, Germantown High School, Germantown
  • Bill Nasgovitz, Chairman, Heartland Advisors Inc., Milwaukee
  • Peggy Olive, Financial Capability Specialist, Center for Financial Security and UW-Extension Cooperative Extension, Madison
  • Christine Whelan, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, UW-Madison, Madison
  • Pa Houa Xiong, Financial Aid and Financial Wellness Advisor, UW-Madison, Madison
Organization Category:
  • 7 Rivers Region Chapter of Credit Unions, La Crosse
  • 100 Black Men of Madison, Madison
  • Test Drive Digital by Royal Credit Union, Eau Claire
Legacy Category:
  • Centro Hispano of Dane County, Madison
  • Educators Credit Union, Mt. Pleasant
  • Majel Hein, Senior Financial Literacy Counselor, Marine Credit Union Foundation, La Crosse

The recipients were selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy and Capability from the nominations submitted for consideration. Criteria used to judge nominations included: innovative implementation of an effective financial literacy and capability program or program element within the last two years; emphasis on financial inclusion, demonstrated measurable results; collaboration with partners; and scalability of the program design.