Educating children, teens, and adults about personal finance not only benefits individuals but our communities as a whole.

Excellence in Financial Education

WBA and the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation commend these banks and bankers for carrying out a long-standing industry commitment to improving financial literacy. As a result of the pandemic, many bankers came up with creative ways to advocate for the importance of financial literacy. Donations were made to schools and libraries, audio and video recordings of bankers reading books on financial literacy were produced, and bankers once again let their innovation shine. These participants continue to teach consumers of all ages about the importance of saving and budgeting, how to use credit responsibly, the ins and outs of obtaining a home mortgage or car loan, and many more financial topics.

In addition, many bankers received certificates of recognition for reporting their participation in at least five (5) financial literacy presentations during the year. 

Congratulations to all!

Financial Education Innovation Awards
Farmers State Bank of Waupaca (for their Middle School Career Fair & Money Smart Program with Mission of Hope House/WisHope)


Individual Banker Awards

Financial Literacy Banker of the Year Award
Karen Kothbauer, Baraboo State Bank

Financial Literacy Banker Award
Meghan Menke, Port Washington State Bank

Wisconsin Teach Children to Save Day Award
All 120 participating bankers are receiving this award in recognition of 2020’s challenges in promoting financial literacy.


 Certificates of Excellence

Karen Kothbauer
Baraboo State Bank

Meghan Menke
Port Washington State Bank


State Bankers Promoting Financial Literacy Awards

Bank of Prairie du Sac

Baraboo State Bank

BLC Community Bank, Little Chute

Citizens Bank, Mukwonago

Dairy State Bank, Rice Lake

Ergo Bank, Markesan

Farmers State Bank of Waupaca

Johnson Financial Group, Racine

National Exchange Bank & Trust, Fond du Lac

Port Washington State Bank

PremierBank, Fort Atkinson

Union State Bank of West Salem

Waukesha State Bank

Waumandee State Bank