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Associate Board

CEE’s Mission

The Council for Economic Education’s (CEE’s) mission is to equip K-12 students with the tools and knowledge of personal finance and economics so that they can make better decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities.

We carry out our mission by providing resources and training to K-12 educators and have done so for over 70 years. Nearly two-thirds of the teachers we reach in-person are in low to moderate income schools. All resources and programs are developed by educators and delivered by our 188 affiliates across the country in every state. We reach over 50,000 teachers a year through in-person professional development and those teachers, in turn, reach approximately 5 million students throughout the country. EconEdLink, our free online educator gateway for economic and personal finance lessons and resources, attracts more than 700,000 unique visitors per year.

We also advocate for more and better education in personal finance and economics, primarily through the biennial Survey of the States.

Associate Board’s Mission

CEE’s Associate Board is a group of emerging leaders who dedicate their own time, talents, networks and resources to raise awareness and financial support for the work and mission of CEE.

Associate Board’s Purpose

The purpose of the Associate Board is to help grow and cultivate the next generation of leaders and supporters of CEE, help expand resources, and bring in new ideas to ensure the ongoing success and longevity of CEE.

Roles and Responsibilities

The role of an Associate Board Member carries with it the responsibility to serve as a committed supporter and thoughtful advocate for CEE. The specific responsibilities that all members are asked to accept are included below:

Expectations and
Responsibilities of
Associate Board Member
  • Spread awareness of CEE and its mission
  • Give $500 / Get $2,500 annually*
  • Attend and invite people from your network to our events
  • Engage with and help build our community of advocates
  • As a group, host 1 or 2 events a year
Time Commitment
  • Attend or call into 2 to 3 Associate Board meetings per year
Staff Support
  • Associate Board Members will receive regular, timely, and accurate information from CEE Staff
  • Associate Board Members will receive staff support in fulfilling their responsibilities, particularly as they access their networks to secure support
  • Networking Opportunities with CEE Board and guests at our cultivation events
  • Recognition: Listing on CEE website, CEE Report, Visionary Awards Gala Program
  • 50% Ticket Discount to the Visionary Awards Gala
  • Invitation to Board of Directors Committee Calls which includes: Development, Finance, Investments, Audit, Governance and Nominating, Government Affairs, and Program and Marketing
  • Invitation to Board Meetings
  • Receive CEO’s Monthly “Note from Nan to the Board”

* The “give or get” policy is a “best practice” in the fundraising space. “Give or get” policies mean that each Associate Board Member is expected to donate a certain amount of money per year from their personal resources (“give”), or help raise money and/or drive in-kind resources from others to the organization that have a monetary value (“get”).

If you are interested in becoming an Associate Board Member at the Council for Economic Education, please contact Tarnisha Smart, Senior Director of Development, at or (212) 827-3620.