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Press Release Treasurer Goldberg and Division of Banks Announce Financial Literacy Awards for the Military Community

For immediate release:
  • Office of State Treasurer and Receiver General Deborah B. Goldberg
  • Division of Banks
  • Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
  • Office of Economic Empowerment

Media Contact

Chandra Allard, Director of Communications


Boston — The Office of the State Treasurer and the Division of Banks, a regulatory agency under the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, announced today that applications are being accepted for Operation Money Wise, a funding opportunity for eligible entities to host financial education workshops that help empower the Military, Veteran, Family and Survivor Community (MVFSC). 

Operation Money Wise is funded entirely through a Division of Banks settlement over alleged unlawful lending practices. The Division of Banks has committed $50,000 to the Operation Money Wise program for 2018.

“These financial literacy grants will further empower our military community and their families to make more informed financial decisions” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “I am honored to support the organizations that work to bring economic stability to the men, women, and families who put their lives on the line to keep our country safe.”

These awards aim to increase financial education for military personnel and their families, providing them with the tools needed to achieve economic stability. Many of these workshops will include strategy sessions on managing money, planning for college, preparing for retirement and consumer decision-making.

“Our veterans and returning service members deserve the proper knowledge and tools to help them manage their personal finances,” said Office of Consumer Affairs Undersecretary John Chapman. “I am grateful for the opportunity to help empower our military personnel and veterans and give back to a population that has given so much to all of us.”

“Many individuals enter the military at a young age and have little financial experience. As a Navy veteran, I have seen first-hand the unique challenges military personnel and their families face. It is our privilege to be able to fund awards serving the financial education of our military service community,” said Commissioner of Banks Terence A. McGinnis.

Non-profit organizations, public agencies, and higher education institutions located in Massachusetts are eligible to be considered for awards of up to $5,000. Completed applications must be submitted to the Office of the State Treasurer by January 5, 2018. Award recipients will be notified in February.

The application for the Operation Money Wise program is available at


Media Contact

Office of State Treasurer and Receiver General Deborah B. Goldberg 

Our mission at the Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General of Massachusetts is to prudently manage and safeguard the state's public deposits and investments through sound business practices for the exclusive benefits of our citizens, and perform these duties with integrity, excellence, and leadership.

Division of Banks 

The Division of Banks (DOB) is the chartering authority and primary regulator for financial service providers in Massachusetts. DOB's primary mission is to ensure a sound, competitive, and accessible financial services environment throughout the Commonwealth.

Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation 

The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation protects and empowers consumers through advocacy and education, and ensures a fair playing field for the Massachusetts businesses its agencies regulate.

Office of Economic Empowerment 

The Office of Economic Empowerment (OEE) is a department within the Office of the Treasurer and Receiver General of Massachusetts tasked with supporting, advocating, and facilitating policies that empower all Massachusetts residents.


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