Money Talks

Program Description
Thanks to a grant from the Living Cities Foundation, the Department of Community Services and Revitalization (CSR) and numerous community partners are working to create “Money Talks”. The goal of “Money Talks” is to establish a model of financial empowerment that will benefit the most vulnerable citizens in Louisville. 

Click here for the press release announcing this initiative and check back on this site periodically for updates and highlights.

Louisville's First Financial Empowerment Summit was a success!

San Francisco City Treasurer José Cisneros speaks at the Financial Empowerment Summit on March 7th. In 2006, San Francisco launched the first Bank On program, an initiative to help underbanked and unbanked people gain access to the financial mainstream.

Bank On now operates in cities and states all over the country, including Louisville and greater Kentucky.

To learn more about San Francisco's financial empowerment stategy, check out the San Francisco Office for Financial Empowerment's website here. You'll find great program and initiatives centered around financial education and stability, including:

  • Kindergarten to College - the nation's first publically funded, universal college savings account program
  • Payday Plus SF - a smarter, healthier alternative to expensive and predatory payday loans
  • SF Smart Money Network - a coalition of San Francisco's nonprofit service providers, philanthropies, and public sector representatives focused on providing financial education to citizens throughout San Francisco

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau's Patty Avery speaks at the Financial Empowerment Summit. To learn more about the CFPB, click here.

Click here to see WLKY's coverage of the event, featuring an interview with Tina Lentz.

Click here for the Metro TV coverage of the event

Business First's article on the Summit

Living Cities Grant Boosts Financial Empowerment Efforts in Louisville, Voice-Tribune piece on the Living Cities grant, June 20, 2013.

Thanks to the non-profit partners working with CSR:

Coalition for the Homeless
Family & Children’s Place
Family Health Centers
Family Scholar House
Louisville Urban League
St. John Center for Homeless Men
Salvation Army
Volunteers of America
Wayside Christian Mission

Thanks to the Project Team members:
Tina Lentz, “Money Talks” Project Lead - Louisville Metro Department of Community Services and Revitalization
Gary Liebert - “Money Talks” Project Coordinator - Louisville Metro Department of Community Services and Revitalization
Joe Hamilton - Louisville Metro Department of Community Services and Revitalization
Jennifer Clark - Louisville Metro Department of Community Services and Revitalization
Mary Frances Schafer – Coalition for the Homeless
Andrew Thomas – Apprisen
Christie McCravy – Louisville Urban League
Kristie Adams – Family Scholar House
Julia Inman – Creative Solutions
Maria Price – St. John Center
Dr. Becky Antle – Project Evaluator
Elizabeth McConnell - Community Action Partnership
Roy Templeton - Through Any Door

To contact the“Money Talks” team for more information, please click here.


Power To Change's Charla Young gave some closing remarks at the Financial Empowerment Summit on March 7th.


So what exactly is Money Talks? Check out the information below to get a better understanding. Included in the booklet: 

 - an explanation of the goals of the Money Talks initiative
 - the framework and language of Money Talks
 - the values and assumptions of Money Talks

Money Talks

Financial Empowerment Web Resources

Cost of Living Plan

Health-Wealth Connection Powerpoint

Money Talks Final Report

Money Talks Vocabulary