Penny Forward

Blind People Building Bright Futures One Penny At A Time

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Give the gift of financial independence to someone who is blind. Penny Forward is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization founded and led by blind people. Through education, mentoring, and mutual support, we help each other learn to confidently navigate the complicated landscape of personal finance.

We offer self-paced online financial education courses, weekly and monthly personal finance workshops, and one to one financial counseling provided by blind financial counselors.

Penny Forward

Do you want to become a better manager of money but you’re feeling a little lost?

Our self-paced online courses will provide both the blind and sighted communities with tools and techniques they can use to navigate the complicated landscape of personal finance. In addition, you will also have access to exclusive member-only Zoom chats where you can ask questions and practice your growing money management skills with other members and our instructors. You can also schedule one to one sessions for more personalized help. If that isn’t enough, you’ll also get early access to all Penny Forward podcast episodes, A members only newsletter, and bonus content created exclusively for our members.

And, thanks to a generous donation from YNAB (You Need A Budget), we’re able to offer a limited number of YNAB subscriptions to our monthly and yearly members for free. This is one of the most accessible budgeting apps we know of, and the subscription alone is worth the price of a Penny Forward membership. Don’t delay, though, because these subscriptions won’t last.

Join Penny Forward

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Your support helps us continue our mission of providing accessible financial education to people who are blind. Choose a sponsorship tier that aligns with your commitment to financial literacy and enjoy the exclusive benefits that come with each level.

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Learn About Penny Forward

Penny Forward is committed to transparency to our members and supporters. Use these links to learn more about all aspects of Penny Forward.

Don’t Miss An Event

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Visit our Event Calendar page to register for upcoming events.

From Workshops, Book Brunch, and Webinars, Penny Forward is your resource for the latest financial information, tools and tips.

  • Penny Forward Podcast Episode Released To Public: Liz Bottner Employment Journey


    The Penny Forward Podcast releases a new episode to the public every other week. If you would like to listen one week early, become a member of our website and enjoy exclusive access. We offer a complimentary guest membership for you to get started.  

  • Tuesday’s Turning Pages Book Brunch

    05/28/2024: 10:00 am

    Title: “The Total Money Makeover,” The Debt Snowball: Lose Weight Fast, Really and Finish the Emergency Fund: Kick Murphy Out Find on NLS: DB59965 Author: Dave Ramsey Description: Radio talk-show host offers his optimistic, comprehensive plan to “get out of debt, regain control, and build wealth.” Debunks money myths about debt consolidation, car leases, credit cards, cash…

Read the Blog

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Penny Forward provides helpful information related to personal finance, investing, budgeting, and financial management through our blog and weekly newsletter. Be sure to subscribe to receive updates on the latest posts!

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  • IRS Video Tax Tip: ABLE Accounts

    Find out how you can save money with disability-related expenses by having an ABLE account.

  • Recording Financial Sense¢: Blind Travel

    Blind Travel Recording If you missed the program feel free to listen to the recording. You can also find the replay on our Facebook Live or Youtube Live accounts. Event Description Embark on a transformative journey with Financial Sense¢ as we explore the fascinating world of blind travel. Join us on May 16th for an…

Listen to the Podcast

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The Penny Forward Podcast is a show about blind people building bright futures one penny at a time. It’s released every other Tuesday and guest and paid members get access to every episode a week early.

Listen to the Podcast

  • Podcast Episode Released to Public: Business Start-up Microcredential

    Liz and Moe sit down with Heather Miller, director of education and training at World Services for the Blind, to learn about the new Small Business Professional microcredential offered by WSB, The Chicago Lighthouse, and Miami University. The Chicago Lighthouse Miami University Microcredential equips prospective entrepreneurs to gain the knowledge and skills needed for starting…

  • Penny Forward Podcast: Flaunt Your Ability with Desiree Christian

    Topic: A new online shop, started by a Penny Forward member, creates items that celebrate our disabilities. Some of you may be familiar with Desirée on Tik Tok, YouTube or Instagram as the Nearly Blind Knitter and Stitcher. “In dealing with my own blindness and both of my daughters’ medical complexities, our family learned for…

Join our Book Brunch

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Every Tuesday at 10:00 AM Central Time

Dive into a unique literary experience every Tuesday morning at our ‘Tuesday’s Turning Pages Book Brunch.’ Delve into insightful discussions on financially based books and actively explore their suggestions as we read together. All featured books in our book brunch series are accessible in the NLS Catalog, free for blind individuals to sign up. Additionally, many titles are available in various formats on Amazon and other platforms. In this engaging book club, we’ll focus on one book for two months, allowing ample time to absorb and discuss the material. The reading workload between meetings will vary based on each book, ensuring a flexible and enjoyable experience for all participants. Join us on Tuesdays for a flavorful blend of finance and literature!

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Learn Together at our Wednesday Workshops

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Each week, Penny Forward members meet to learn from and support each other as they become better money managers. These workshops are recorded so members can listen to workshops they missed or refer back to particularly memorable topics.

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Join our Monthly Financial Sense¢ Live Stream

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Join us every third Thursday for Financial Sense¢, a monthly public live stream and Zoom call offered through the American Council of the Blind Community Events platform. These calls feature engaging speakers and interactive discussions about financial topics of interest to people with and without vision loss.

Get the Penny Forward App

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The Penny Forward App allows you to access many of our online resources including:

  • My Account and Profile
  • News Articles
  • Podcast Episodes
  • Self-paced Accessible Online Financial Wellness Courses
  • Financial Calculators
  • and more!

Download the app today for instant access wherever you are!

Get One to One
Financial Counseling

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Penny Forward’s unique approach to financial counseling bridges the gap between expertise and experience, offering tailored support specifically designed for the blind community. Our team of financial counselors, all accredited with the prestigious AFC® (Accredited Financial Counselor) certification, stand at the forefront of financial education and empowerment for individuals navigating financial challenges with visual impairments.

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Financial Calculators and Tools

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There are any number of online tools that can help you to better understand your finances. We’ve selected the ones that work best with a screen reader.

Visit our Tools Page

Support Penny Forward

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Your donations help blind and disabled people learn to confidently navigate the complicated landscape of personal finance through online courses and group and one to one mentoring. Please donate $19 per month to continue this life-changing work.

We accept:

  • Online donations by debit or credit card.
  • Donations of securities.
  • Qualified Charitable Distributions.
  • fDonations from workplace giving platforms.
  • And more.

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Shop Penny Forward Merch

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Support Penny Forward, and the blind community, in more ways than one.

  • Our Penny Forward branded merch is stylish and practical.
  • Where noted, our merch has been designed and produced by blind-owned businesses.

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