News & Events

The Collaborative Has Relocated!

We are excited to announce that the Collaborative has relocated!  Our new offices are located in the North Carolina Rural Center at 4021 Carya Dr., Raleigh, NC 27610.  We can now be reached by phone at (919) 212-4267.

The Collaborative Teams up with Visa Inc., The NFL, and NC State Treasure Cowell for Financial Football


     Charlotte, NC – March 11, 2014 – Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and running back DeAngelo Williams joined North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell, The Collaborative and Visa Inc.  to tackle head on the issue of financial literacy improvement among North Carolina teens. They announced a statewide effort to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students with the rollout of Financial Football, a free educational video game and classroom curriculum developed by Visa Inc. The game is being distributed by the Treasurer’s office to every public middle school and high school in the Tar Heel State.

     This financial literacy campaign kicked off on March 11, 2014 at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte with help from Olsen, Williams, The Collaborative and Visa. Williams, Olsen and Cowell rolled up their sleeves and led teams of students in a hard-fought, high energy game of Financial Football. Earlier Olsen shared his personal experiences on the importance of money management with students.

     “Financial Football is a wonderful way to get students interested in personal finances and gives them a financial playbook they can use the rest of their lives,” said North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell. “This is a valuable program and a great partnership between my office, The Collaborative, Visa and the NFL.” 

    “Spending time helping our students increase their financial awareness is time well-spent,” said The Collaborative executive director Donna Gallagher. “With the help of resources like Financial Football, students can have the tools to make the smart financial choices that can impact their lives for the better.” The centerpiece of Visa’s nationwide educational initiative with the NFL and NFL PLAYERS, Financial Football helps students and adults tackle their financial futures. The game is accompanied by a classroom curriculum.

    “Kids need to learn to make smart money management decisions early in life,” said Panthers tight end Greg Olsen. “It takes the combined efforts of parents, teachers and mentors within the community to give teenagers a strong background in personal finance.” Available online at, Financial Football puts students’ fiscal knowledge to the test in an online simulation game environment by combining the structure and rules of the NFL with financial education questions of varying difficulty. Visa has also released the game as a free iPhone app on iTunes, along with an optimized HD iPad version.

Pathways to Prosperity Conference 2013 – another success!

Thank you to all of our presenters and participants for another great conference!  On October 16-17, practitioners, researchers, business and government met in Durham, NC to learn, share and connect on a multitude of asset-building topics, including financial literacy,  housing, savings, federal and state policy, the affordable care act, and much more.   Stayed tuned for 2015.


2013 Pathways to Prosperity Conference (October 16-17)

The registration deadline for the Pathways to Prosperity Conference is October 11.  Visit the event website at for more information.


The Collaborative, in partnership with Fifth Third Bank, will host a $25,000 savings competition at three Historically Black Colleges and Universities  for Financial Literacy Month 2013, during April 8-12.

NC Agricultural and Technical State University (Greensboro, April 9, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.), St. Augustine’s University (Raleigh, April 11, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ), and Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, April 12, 12:00-4:00 p.m.), will compete against one another for the title of Campus Cash Champs in one of two categories: highest dollar amount of savings collectively achieved by students and the greatest number of enrolled NC Savers between April 8 and May 17. Participants will be eligible to win gift cards of $50 and $100 and the winning school will receive $200 donated to a student club selected by The Collaborative. Faculty or staff are also eligible to win in a bonus drawing.


SAVE THE DATE – Asset-Building Conference

The Collaborative will hold its next conference from October 16-17 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, located at 4700 Emperor Blvd in Durham, NC.

Registration opens in April. Please check back for updates.

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity

We are no longer accepting applicants for this program.  Thank you for your interest.  Please check back for future opportunities.

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity!

With support from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, The Collaborative is seeking a Marketing and Graphic Design Intern for Summer 2013. Responsibilities include: developing client story ideas, researching asset development resources in the state, developing systems for volunteer recruitment, and creating marketing strategies to increase attendance at the Pathways to Prosperity Conference.

For more information, contact Donna Gallagher at or 919.341.6418.

Visit the Z. Smith Reynolds website for general internship information.

Citi Foundation Grant

The Collaborative has been awarded a grant from Citi Foundation for its Building Financial Capability in the Workplace Initiative. This project will build the financial capability of employees through a combination of education, tools and information delivered through the workplace.

Employers in Wake, Durham, Wayne and Pitt counties are eligible to participate. For questions, contact  Donna Gallagher, at 919.341.6418 or

VISTA Program Update

The 2011-2012 VISTA program is winding down.  We are having a successful year and 4 of our VISTAs will likely be returning for another year of service. They include: Shawn Grady (Community Link), Angela Stewart (Beyond Academics), Jessica Noman (New Life CDC), Marlene Williams (Greater Kinston CDC).

Positions for 2012-2013 the VISTA leader and VISTA members have been posted to the Corporation for National and Community Service web portal.