Money Matters

Join United Way Suncoast and the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education at the University of South Florida College of Education for a free webinar! We’re amplifying how we elevate asset-limited families and help community members create the life they envision for themselves with a new, dynamic virtual approach. Every month, engaging experts will spend an hour on the second Monday of each month focusing on important financial topics: budgeting 101, tax returns, banking, building or repairing your credit score, home buying preparation, and retirement funding.

Upcoming Events

April 10, 2023

12 pm – 1 pm

Credit scores: we all have them, but what do they mean–and what’s the best way to get a higher score? Join us to learn all about the different financial aspects that go into your score, how to check your score, and key strategies for building (or rebuilding) a credit history. Our key learning topics include:
● The basics of credit scores
● How to access your credit score
● What products and services look at your credit history
● How to improve your credit score


May 8, 2023

12 pm – 1 pm

With hurricane season beginning, it’s important to learn about everything involved in building a disaster preparedness kit–and why you’ll need insurance should something go wrong. Join us to learn all about the tax-free sales holiday, the different types of insurance, and how to build a preparedness kit on a budget. Our key learning topics include:
● The basics of disaster planning
● Tax-free shopping holiday for hurricane preparedness
● FEMA and state financial support during a disaster
● The different types of insurance (and why renters should get insurance too)
● How insurance will impact you in a disasterREGISTER HERE 

June 12, 2023

12 pm – 1 pm

“Inflation” is a word that we’ve heard a lot recently, but what exactly does it mean and how does it impact our day-to-day lives? Learn more about our economy, interest rates, and what the Federal Reserve is doing to combat inflation. Our key learning topics include:
● The basics of inflation

● How the cost of goods and services is affected by inflation

● Interest rates and their impacts on you

● Tools the Federal Reserve uses to reduce inflation risksREGISTER HERE 

July 10, 2023

12 pm – 1 pm

Buying your first home can be an exciting but challenging task, and it is something many people aim to achieve. Join us to learn more about what goes into buying a new home, what factors are involved, and what you should aim for when taking this big step. Our key learning topics include:
● The impacts of credit on purchasing a home
● How much you can, and should, spend
● Steps to saving toward a purchase
● Organizing the appropriate documents to be prepared

August 14, 2023

12 pm – 1 pm

If you have ever been interested in starting your own business, or learning about what is involved in the process, this is the workshop for you! This high-level webinar will focus on what it takes to create a business in the state of Florida, the different types of businesses you can establish, and the basics of running a business. Our key learning topics include:
● The different types of businesses you can create
● How to file and legally establish your Florida business
● Ways to attract new customers and increase awareness
● The basics of running a business

Webinar Recordings

ABC Action News reporter Jackie Callaway speaks with Dear Penny host Robin Hartill on tips for creating and living on a budget. The event also features United Way Suncoast’s Margarita Sorah highlighting our free VITA tax program.


The Penny Hoarder writer Rachel Christian will dispense advice about investing with the help of emcee.


Contact Us

Do you have any feedback or suggestions for future workshop topics? Please reach out to us! You can share your thoughts via the form below or contact Matthew Chernesky, Manager, Financial Stability, at

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