Ways to Support and Advocate for Financial Literacy and Economics through the Barker Center

Dear Supporter,

The H. Kenneth Barker Center for Economic Education is a nonprofit partnership of leaders from the education and business communities dedicated to economic literacy. Our mission is to advance financial and economic education by preparing and supporting teachers, schools, and community organizations in promoting an economically literate citizenry.

The programming we offer is essential to this mission as alarmingly, Ohio’s citizens rank near the bottom of a recent FINA report (2014). The report found Ohio’s consumers have some of the most unhealthy spending and saving habits. This same report found that 41% of Ohioans only pay the minimum on credit card balances, and Ohio’s citizens underperform on a basic financial literacy quiz when compared with other states. Coupled with mounting college loan debt, high levels of unemployment, significant declines in overall retirement and savings, and predatory lending and loan institutions, citizens today are as financially stressed and vulnerable as ever.

It is essential that teachers and schools make deliberate efforts to advance financial literacy within schools and in their communities. With your support the H.K. Barker Center for Economic Education will continue to be there to assist educators every step of the way.  The Center’s staff has been working hard to develop top-notch teacher-friendly programming to advance financial literacy instruction. Like many other nonprofits we have recently felt a significant budgetary pinch. The Center’s operations are dependent upon external funding and the generosity of our supporters.

Please, consider a tax-deductible gift of $1,000, $500, $100, or any donation amount is greatly needed. To learn more about the Center’s financials and budget, please,  click here.

Thank you for your consideration, and your support makes a considerable difference.


Brad Maguth, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Economic Education


Other Ways to Support the Center

  • Outright gifts.  These can be one time or sustaining gifts that include cash, securities, real estate, personal property, gifts in kind and matching gifts. Gifts will be acknowledged with a receipt for your tax-filling purposes.
  • Planned gifts.  Planned gifts include bequests, life insurance, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder annuity trusts, charitable remainder unitrusts, pooled income funds, life estate agreements, charitable lead trusts and revocable living trust agreements.
  • Donate your time and talents.  Share your expertise and talents with our network of committed leaders in business, finance, public policy, and education to help advance the goals of the Center. This commitment may include: serving as a guest speaker to students about financial and economic education, offering internship opportunities, or, applying to join the Center’s Advisory Board.