Associate Board

CEE’s Mission

The Council for Economic Education’s (CEE’s) mission is to teach K-12 students about economics and personal finance–and we have been doing so for nearly 70 years. Our goal is to reach and teach every child in every district and school so that they can make better decisions for themselves, their families and their communities. CEE carries out its mission by educating the educators: providing the curriculum tools, the pedagogical support, and the community of peers that instruct, inspire, and guide. We strive to meet the teachers where they are with what they need. All resources and programs are developed by educators, and delivered by our 188 affiliates across the country in every state. We reach over 55,000 K-12 teachers a year through in-person professional development, and those teachers, in turn, reach approximately 5 million students throughout the country. Nearly 63% of these educators come from schools serving large numbers of low- and moderate-income students. EconEdLink–our free, online educator gateway for economic and personal finance lessons and resources– attracts more than 1 million unique visitors each year.

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 3 or 4 Associate Board meetings per year

Staff Support

  • Associate Board Members will receive regular, timely, and accurate information from CEE Staff
  • CEE 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
  • Discount to the Visionary Awards Gala
  • Invitation to Development Committee Meetings
  • Invitation to Board Meetings


* The “give or get” policy is a “best practice” in the fundraising space. “Give or get” policies
mean that each 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) 730-6704.

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