Financial Education Center

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 Teaching You to Manage Your Money

Our mission is to teach money management skills to Dane County individuals and families.  We mobilize volunteers and staff to provide unbiased, accessible financial education through workshops, one-on-one coaching and other asset building services.  As a program of  Dane County UW-Extension, we provide information, tools and other resources that give the necessary skills to increase credit worthiness, reduce barriers to housing, eat healthy on a budget, and improve overall financial capability.

We are located at the Villager in South Madsion (2300 S. Park Street, Suite 101)    Click here for detailed directions    Directions to FEC  

Our Brochure

Check out our brochure for more details on programs and services     FEC Brochure 

Annual Report

Click here for details on past programs, who we served, and who supported our efforts!      Year In Review 2013

Meet Our Staff !

Click FEC Educators to meet our staff, ready to help you tackle your financial issues

Check out this video featuring our own Deb Neubauer discussing Financial Literacy for Women:






Join us for classes on topics such as financial goal setting, personal budgeting, credit, savings, eating healthy on a budget, and more.  *  All class topics can be tailored to suit the needs of the participants and can be held on site upon request.

Grow Your Green:  Make Your Money Talk   Learn the secrets of effective personal money management.  This series is a comprehensive guide to personal money management; covering topics like creating a personal budget and savings plan, saving money on food and utility bills, and dealing with past and future credit.  This course will get you on your way to a more secure and prosperous financial future.   Offered in partnership with WWBIC (Wisconsin Womens Business Initiative Corporation).  Contact (608) 257-5450 to register            Cost: Free             

Four Week Series:           February 2nd- February 23rd  (meets every Monday)                                  6-8pm

Or choose a Full Day class:        Saturday, May 16th   (lunch will be provided)                                    8:30am-4pm


Ca$h In The Kitchen:   A hands-on workshop series bridging cooking and nutrition with financial education.  This 7 week series focuses on planning and preparing nutritious meals, making healthy food choices, and creating and maintaining a household budget.  For more information, email or phone (608) 283-1262

Get Checking:    Rebuild your checking account relationship with a  local bank or credit union.  Designed for participants who currently do not have an account with a financial institution or have had a problem with an account in the past.  For the 2015 class schedule, click class schedule.  Click Get Checking brochure for registration information.              Cost:  $20

Retirement Planning Today®:  An educational course for adults ages 50-70.  Learn about the many ways to  save for retirement as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.  Discover how to save money on taxes, manage investment risks and protect your assets from potential long-term health care expenses.  Above all, learn how to assess your financial situation and develop a personalized plan to achieve your retirement goals.  Offered in partnership with Wealth Distribution Strategies, LLC. Information on Autumn 2015 Classes can be found here. To register, click Registration link.  Cost:  $75

Wills and Other Important Documents:  What You Need To Know:   Get your will and other legal documents in order.  Everyone over the age of 18 should consider estate planning!  Learn the key elements of estate planning and receive resources to enable you to create a plan of your own.  Offered in partnership with Gustafson Law Office, Melinda Gustafson Gervasi, Attorney.     Click here to register   Cost:  FREE

April 21st, 2015         6-8pm             Dane County UW-Extension


One-On-One Consultations

Meet with one of our financial educators to assess your personal financial situation and set goals for the future.  Sessions are free and cover basic money management issues.  Call (608) 261-5077 to schedule an appointment.


Financial Coaching

The Financial CHANGE Coaching program provides motivational support to individuals using Coaching, a Hands-on approach, Accountability, Networking with peers, Goal setting and an Educational component.  Participants are connected with a volunteer coach who works with them for a 6-month period.  The program is free and open to anyone who would like a little financial motivation.  Call (608) 283-1259 for more information!

I want to be a financial coach!

I want to work with a financial coach!


 Free Help With Your Taxes

Have your taxes (including Homestead) prepared for FREE at the Richard Dilly Tax Center every year from late January through April.  Provided through a partnership between AARP, Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Dane County UW-Extension Financial Education Center, and the City of Madison; this free service is targeted to low-income, elderly and/or people with disabilities.  See our brochure for opening dates, times and a list of “what to bring” or call the Financial Education Center at (608) 261-5077 for more details.
VITA Brochure 2015 (pdf)

Spanish VITA brochure 2015 (pdf)


Money Management Tools

Personal Budget Worksheets



How You Can Get Involved!


Financial Coach:  work with a partner to achieve his / her financial goal over a 6-month period.  No financial experience necessary (Commitment:  2 hours / month for 6 months).  Click   I want to be a financial coach! to find out how

Free Tax Site Volunteer:  Work as a “tax perparer” electronically filing tax returns or as a “greeter” welcoming and screening taxpayers (Commitment:  3 hours/week from late January-April 15th)  Contact Deb at or (608) 224-3722 for more information



Private gifts allow us to provide critical programs, which help individuals and families make more educated financial decisions throughout their various life stages, resulting in a better quality of life and a more financially secure community.

To make your tax-deductible donation: 

Make check payable to :  Friends of the Financial Education Center

Mail to:  Financial Education Center, 2300 S. Park Street, Suite 101, Madison, WI  53713


 Join Our “Friends of the Financial Education Center” Board of Directors

We are always looking for enthusiastic community leaders to offer expertise and experience from a wide variety of fields and be ambassadors for the Dane County UW-Extension Financial Education Center and the work it does in the community.  Click   Join Our Board to find out more!   Contact Deb Neubauer  (608) 224-3722 ( if you are interested in joining this great team!

Thank you to our current board members:

President:  Robyn Ropson, Summit Credit Union 

Vice President/ Treasurer:  Richard Thompson, First Business Bank

Secretary: Brian Thill, Murphy Desmond

Board Member:  Heidi Kramer, UW Foundation

Board Member:  Michael Collins, UW-Madison