CFE a finalist for $25,000 grant

Miriam Buss, a money management consultant with Center for Financial Education’s Sioux Center office, talks with a client. CFE was selected as one of 200 finalists for a national competition for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant and seeks the community’s help voting to be in the top 40.

SIOUX CENTER—A nonprofit, Christ-centric Sioux Center-based organization is asking the community to help it win a $25,000 grant.

Center for Financial Education was selected as one of 200 finalists for a national competition for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant, beating out about 2,000 other applicants.

Of the top 200 finalists, 40 will receive a grant of $25,000 from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program.

From Aug. 14-23, U.S. residents 18 years old or older, who have a valid e-mail address, can cast 10 votes per day for CFE.

“It’s exciting to be selected as one of the top 200 causes in the nation for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant,” said director Tricia Driesen. “We are grateful to Cindy Van Wyhe, our local State Farm Insurance Agent, for informing us of this program; we know that this is a game-changer for us, and has the potential to help many people take charge of their finances.”

The unrestricted grant would allow CFE to pick what it does with the funding, if CFE received the grant.

“We’re hoping this will not only help us get the word out better and raise awareness about our services but also we have other communities that are asking for us to open another office,” Driesen said. “Finding the funds to be able to do something like that over and above our regular budget is difficult.”

CFE also is in the midst of rolling out a new logo.

“We’d love be able to purchase new signs for our offices,” Driesen said.

CFE updated logo

Center for Financial Education is in the midst of rolling out a new logo. Winning the $25,000 grant would help CFE purchase new signs for its offices.

Based out of Sioux Center and with regional offices in Hawarden, LeMars, Orange City and Rock Rapids, CFE helps clients with budget development, organizing debts, balancing checkbooks, managing bills and paying creditors in a timely manner. CFE has six staff total.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in its neighborhoods and has committed a million dollars to this grant nationwide.

Center for Financial Education served clients from 44 N’West Iowa ZIP codes in 2018.

To learn more about CFE, visit www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2023608.