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Mile High United Way Partners with the Piton Foundation

11/15/2018 - 01:23 PM - Denver, Colorado

In an effort to improve the lives of Colorado’s children and their families, Mile High United Way is partnering with Gary Community Investments on Strengthening the Non Profit Sector initiative to amplify the contributions of effective organizations providing supportive services for individuals and families who struggle to make ends meet. As part of this partnership, Gary Community Investments is providing the Strategic Investment Grants program at Mile High United Way with $1.4 million dollars in capacity building funding, as well as $600,000 access to loan guarantees to increase the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector. mpowered is honored to be among several nonprofit organizations who will benefit from and have the opportunity to build capacity through the Strategic Investment Grants program at Mile High United Way. 

BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Trust Winners Announced

11/4/2014 - 10:26 AM - Denver, CO

We are proud to be the winners in the small nonprofit category for the 2014 Denver/Boulder BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Trust. The award is a tribute to those who exemplify an outstanding commitment to fair, honest, and ethical practices.    

6 Ways to Pay Down Student Loans

6/23/2014 - Denver, CO

Get 6 tips for paying down student loans and advice from our resident expert, Carlos Colon, in this interview with 9News as part of our Keeping Up with the Joneses campaign.  

More stuff isn't always good; Bellco, nonprofit, counsel caution on debt

3/28/2014 - 11:36 AM - Denver, CO

In this article, the Denver Business Journal features our work with Bellco on Keeping Up with the Joneses: An Honest Look Inside the American Family. 

Teaching children financial lessons at all ages

3/24/2014 - 07:59 AM - Denver, CO

As part of Keeping Up with the Joneses, Gregg Moss of 9News talks to one of our Jones families and our personal finance coach, Melissa Duncan, about teaching kids about money. Coach Edith also talks to Kyle Dyer about preparing for the cost of college. 

Love + money = healthy relationship

2/11/2014 - Denver, CO

In this 9News video, Gregg Moss interviews Angela Sasseville of Flourish Counseling about healthy strategies for talking to your partner about money. 

Nonprofit offers money management resources

2/6/2014 - Denver, CO

Gregg Moss of 9News speaks with Amy Fidelis about the launch of Keeping Up with the Joneses, driven by mpowered and presented by Bellco. The campaign is designed to take an honest look inside the finances of the average American family. Resources, tools and blogs will be posted throughout the year. 

The nuts & bolts: 13 basic financial questions you need answers to

1/20/2014 - 09:52 AM - Denver, CO

Get answers from different professionals (including mpowered staff!) to 13 basic financial questions in this Denver Post piece. 

Which Types of Debt Are Forgivable in a Bankruptcy

12/19/2013 - 12:00 PM - Denver, CO

In this brief podcast, our bankruptcy expert Liz Ludchak talks about what types of debt can be discharged in a bankruptcy. 

Differences Between Chapter 7 & Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

12/13/2013 - 09:56 AM - Denver, CO

Liz Ludchak, Personal Finance Coach, talks with Sarae Kurth of Denver Community Credit Union's Clear Money program about the difference between Chapter 7 & Chapter 13 bankruptcy in this brief podcast. 

How Do Secured Credit Cards Work?

12/9/2013 - 02:24 PM - Denver, CO

 In this latest podcast with Denver Community Credit Union, we talk about secured credit cards: how they work, who should use them, and where to get them. 

6 Tips to Avoid Trashing Your Credit This Holiday Season

12/6/2013 - 01:53 PM - Denver, CO

Learn how to keep your credit in good shape during the holidays in this short podcast that we recorded with Denver Community Credit Union. 

Don't Fall for the Discount: The Scoop on Store Credit Cards

12/3/2013 - 12:47 PM - Denver, CO

Learn about the realities of retail credit cards in this quick podcast from Denver Community's Clear Money radio program.  

Debt Management Plans: What Are They and How do They Work?

11/15/2013 - 10:13 AM - Denver, CO

Learn about debt management plans and how they can help you in this brief podcast with Denver Community Credit Union.

Get your mid-year financial check-up

8/5/2013 - 10:03 AM - Denver, CO

 KUSA - Mpowered, the only Colorado-based nonprofit for adults who want to to learn about money management and participate in financial coaching, recommends people take a good look at their finances and do a "mid-year check up."

Mid-year budget checkup: Are your 2013 finances still healthy?

6/3/2013 - 10:00 AM - Denver, CO

We're halfway through the year, and it's time for a fiscal checkup. Just as you do with your annual physical, you need to determine if your budget is healthy or if expenses are bleeding enough red ink to cause anemia. 

Vivienda en Colorado

5/10/2013 - Denver, CO

Univision Colorado habla de las nuevas reglas para comprar casa y Amy Fidelis de mpowered habla del rol del crédito en este proceso.

Handle Medical Credit Cards with Care

4/11/2013 - 03:47 PM

When you're in the doctor's office or emergency room facing an unexpected medical cost you really can't afford, an instant-approval medical credit card can seem like a life-saver. However, medical credit cards, a specialized form of financing offered at hospitals and physician practices, come with an unhealthy amount of fine print. 

Gas Rewards Can Cut Commuting Costs

4/4/2013 - 01:54 PM

With average gas prices at $4 a gallon (or dangerously close) in many parts of the country, just getting to work can quickly eat up the money earned there. Chad Gentry of mpowered speaks to in a recent article. 

Mayor Hancock Opens Seven Centers to Provide Free Financial Counseling Services to Low Income Residents

3/19/2013 - 11:46 AM - Denver, CO

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock and mpowered today opened the first of seven new Financial Empowerment Centers that will provide free, one-on-one professional financial counseling services to low-income Denver residents.

Know the predictable costs of raising a child

3/4/2013 - 10:46 AM - Denver, CO

Denver Post columnist Dave Burdick talks to mpowered and other experts about the predictable costs of raising a child and specific tools to use.

Budgeting for a baby takes planning, experts say

3/4/2013 - 10:44 AM - Denver, CO

Denver Post columnist Dave Burdick talks to mpowered and other experts about how to prepare financially for the arrival of a baby.

Denver Company Tries to Ease Renters' Credit Woes

2/15/2013 - 10:35 AM - Denver, CO

Heather Draper of the Denver Business Journal talks to Rental Kharma and mpowered about Rental Kharma's new platform to help renters build credit.

Millions of Credit Reports Have Errors

2/11/2013 - 03:07 PM - Denver, CO

Fox31's Jim Hooley interviews Amy Fidelis about a bill before the Colorado Legislature that would limit an employer's ability to view an employee's credit report.

20 Percent of Consumers Have Mistakes on Credit Reports

2/11/2013 - 03:02 PM - Denver, CO

Kim Posey of Fox31 interviews our Chad Gentry about the Federal Trade Commission's recent report on mistakes found on consumer credit reports.

Financial Literacy for Denver's Most Vulnerable

2/1/2013 - 03:07 PM - Denver, CO

How a partnership between a financial literacy non-profit and the city received a 3-year grant to provide free financial counseling to those in need – an interview with mpowered‘s Chad Gentry from The Greater Park Hill Community Newspaper.

Denver Receives Grant to Help Low-Income Families and Individuals Reduce Debt and Build Assets

1/8/2013 - 01:43 PM - Denver, CO

The City and County of Denver in collaboration with mpowered, a local financial education nonprofit, today is proud to announce it is one of five U.S. cities to receive a grant to replicate New York City’s evidence-based Financial Empowerment Center model. 

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Living Cities' CFE Fund Announce Five Cities Selected for $16.2 million in Financial Empowerment Center Grants

1/8/2013 - 08:35 AM - New York, NY

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Living Cities' Cities for Financial Empowerment (CEF) Fund today announced the Financial Empowerment Center grants to five cities to replicate New York City's evidence-based Financial Empowerment Center model.  Read how this impacts mpowered and Denver here.

Clear Money Blog Talk Radio

12/26/2012 - Denver, CO

Amy Fidelis, Financial Education Director for mpowered, talks with Sarae Kurth at Denver Community Credit Union in several 10 minute podcasts about topics such as Top Tips for Improving Your Credit, Can I Negotiate My Credit Card or Loan Interest Rates, and more. New topics are added regularly.

Don't Buy Into These 5 Credit Score Myths

11/29/2012 interviewed our own Chad Gentry to help consumers separate fact from fiction when it comes to credit scores.  Read about 5 common credit score myths here.

4 Times It's Smart to Use a Prepaid Card


Prepaid cards have gotten a bad rap, mostly because of the high (and often obscure) fees many of them charge. For this article, Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D talked to our very own Chad Gentry to get some tips for using them wisely. 

Consumers Paying Down Debt Helps Boost U.S. Expansion


Read about how Americans, including our clients, are getting their finances back in shape in this article from