History of the Center

  • August 12, 2011 – Center for Smart Financial Choices (CFSFC) incorporated in state of North Carolina
  • January 13, 2012 – CFSFC e-mails a survey to 35,000 individuals on the need for financial education and 1,048 individuals respond
  • February 28, 2012 – First Volunteer Recruited
  • May 16, 2012 – CFSFC opens with its first class with 13 students from Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools Transitions Program.
  • June 7, 2012 – Release of the first video highlighting the CFSFC and Banking Transitions Class.
  • September 4, 2012 – Website at www.cfsfc.org launches
  • September 5, 2012 – Official notification from IRS of 501(3)(c) non-profit status effective August 12, 2011.
  • October 3, 2012 – Began presenting adult classes
  • October 16, 2012 – Center holds first Organizational Board Meeting
  • November 6, 2012 – Introduced CFSFC to over 300 WSFCSD Middle and High School teachers
  • November 8, 2012 – Host first educational field trip with 40 students from Principles of Business Class at Reagan High
  • December 2012 – Youth Financial Planners (YFP) teen advisory council is formed
  • For 2012 – CFSFC had delivered 14 presentations to over 100 youth and 400 adults with 36 volunteers.
  • January 2013 – Begins partnership with Goodwill NWNC and their Journey program
  • April 2013 – Grand Opening Event. Mayor Allen Joines and the Reagan Color Guard were in attendance for the ribbon cutting. Almost 200 individuals of all ages enjoyed the food, music and presentations.
  • June 2013 – First presentation of ‘Grownup for a Day’ to 95 fifth graders at Vienna Elementary; Four interns from East Forsyth Finance Academy spent over 100 hours volunteering.