Your Year-Round Guide to Financial Resources in the Greater Milwaukee Area

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What is Bank On? 

Bank On coalitions are locally led partnerships between community-based organizations, financial institutions, public officials, and local, state, and federal government agencies. Members work together to help improve the financial stability of unbanked and underbanked individuals and families in their communities. This national initiative builds on and supports these grassroots coalitions by offering national account standards, capacity grant support, pilot funding, and a learning community. Visit for more information.

In 2019 Bank On Greater Milwaukee (BOGM) joined over 90 communities across the country in the Bank On movement. The Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin (UEDA) serves as the local convener and host, bringing together 45+ members through a collaborative, strategic approach to ensure residents are connected to safe, affordable accounts and other financial wellness resources.

In Greater Milwaukee,
31% of individuals and families
are either unbanked or underbanked.

As a coalition, BOGM members focus on how to reduce barriers to banking access and offer opportunities for residents to access financial education, tools, and other services that help them build savings and assets, access credit, and strengthen their financial health. Visit for more information about the coalition.

About This Guide 

It’s too bad money doesn’t come with instructions because we all need to know how to spend it, save it, and borrow it wisely. Since 2008, coalition members have helped produce this resource guide each year as part of Financial Literacy Month and Money Smart Week, an initiative of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Now a product of Bank On Greater Milwaukee, the “Your Smart Money Guide” is a comprehensive resource for anyone looking for help with their personal finances. Coalition members review and update this guide every year and distribute them throughout the community. This guide is FREE, and you’ll find information on a wide range of topics, plus trusted resources that can help.