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On Local Radio


Metroscope which is produced by Entercom interviewed Melody (Thompson) Bell about Financial Beginnings' mission to improve economic opportunities for youth. The show aired on seven Portland Entercom radio stations on August 23rd, 2009. 


In Print

In the summer of 2015, the Northwest Weekly reported on the opening of Financial Beginnings' second office in Seattle, highlighting the experience of Washington Program Manager, Clinton Taylor, and our formal Washington launch event.


On June 2, 2015, the Northwest Weekly covered Financial Beginnings' 10th Anniversary Gala highlighting key milestones and quoting several partners from Bank of America, Bank of the West, among others. 


On August 24, 2014, the Northwest Weekly featured an article on Financial Beginnings' first annual Financial Literacy Conference, the first of its kind in the State of Oregon.


On April 23, 2014, the Northwest Weekly spoke with Financial Beginnings' Executive Director, Melody Bell, about its relationship with the Oregon Bankers Association (OBA) and its financial education programs.


The Willamette Week, on April 4, 2012, quoted Melody (Thompson) Bell, Financial Beginnings' Executive Director, in the in article "Spare a Quarter Mil?". This article discussed the importance of loans and how to obtain them. 


The Portland Tribune, on April 3, 2012, highlighted the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) program at Centennial High School for their work on educating students on the importance of managing their money. The FBLA used Financial Beginnings' and Operation HOPE's curriculum and methods to educate over 200 students in their community. 



The Oregonian, on November 6, 2010, on the front page of the Business section featured Financial Beginnings' Executive Director's experience and blog series about a her experience as a tenant in foreclosure.


The Oregonian, on September 27, 2009, featured an article which discussed Oregon's removal of personal finance from the graduation credit requirements in the 1990s: "Cutting personal finance classes: Another mistake from a richer era". Financial Beginnings' Executive Director, Melody (Thompson) Bell, is quoted in the article along with Brett Trosclair, teacher at Century High School and Financial Beginnings Board Member.


"Personal finance urged for Oregon schools," a front page Oregonian article written in 2008, quotes Financial Beginnings' Executive Director, Melody (Thompson) Bell.


Other Awards and Recognition


In October of 2007 Financial Beginnings was recognized along with only 13 other nonprofits at the "Light a Fire" event hosted by Portland Monthly and the Oregon Community Foundation, which honors the work of nonprofits, with the award of "Best Kept Secret." All of the award recipients were written about in the November 2007 issue of Portland Monthly.


Financial Beginnings has also been featured:


On National Public Radio: Tess Vigeland pays a visit to her old high school just outside Portland, Or. to learn how teachers are now instructing students about money, and why more schools don't provide financial education. Melody (Thompson) Bell, Financial Beginnings' Executive Director, Todd Jones, teacher at West Lynn High School, and a participant in Financial Beginnings' programs are featured in the broadcast. 

In the Register Guard: The Register-Guard, on May 22, 2011, quoted Financial Beginnings' Executive Director in an article named "The Cost of Financial Illiteracy" which outlines the financial literacy education requirements in Oregon.

On the SmartMoney: SmartMoney's 10 Things article on November 29, 2010 features Financial Beginnings' Executive Director's experience as a tenant in foreclosure. The #1 thing of the 10 Things Your Landlord Won't Tell You is that "This Building Is in Foreclosure."

In the Portland Monthly: In the December 2007 issue of Portland Monthly, which focused on education, Financial Beginnings gave tips on how to teach children about personal finance in the "How to Raise a Millionaire" article.