Financial Stability

Financial Stability

Securing families’ finances so that they can weather any storm

In our local community and in alignment with United Way’s national goals, United Way of Southern Nevada is committed to helping families improve their financial situation through financial literacy programs, tax services, and long term savings planning.

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Our Mission
To help all individuals and families work towards the goals of financial self-sufficiency through education, support and training.

Our Vision
Create a cycle of financial success for individuals and families in order to build long-term economic independence.

Our Goals

  • Increase access to family-sustaining employment.
  • Increase access to income support such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • Increase financial management knowledge and skills.
  • Increase access to low-cost financial products and services to build stable financial resources.


Driving Results that Allow Individuals and Families to Prosper (2010-2014)

  • More than 26,000 total tax returns have been filed, with $20.4M in tax credits returned and a total of $34.4M in tax refunds provided back into the community
  • More than 30,400 kids, grades 1-5, participated in financial literacy education, showing a 41% increase (in ‘11-‘14) in financial fluency
  • More than $42,000 saved by the students of Walter Bracken Elementary School through the Piggy Bank Program

Aligning our community impact work in Education, Financial Stability, and Health, United Way recognizes that it takes a healthy, educated child to become a financially self-sufficient adult, and that it takes a financially stable family to foster the health and education of its children.

The “Piggy Bank” Program | Teaching Young Children How to Save


When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up? Children at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy are dreaming early and setting lofty goals like being doctors, teachers and veterinarians. Through the “Piggy Bank” program these children can accomplish their dreams by starting to save while they are young.

United Way’s Young Philanthropists Society (YPS) spearheaded the creation of the “Piggy Bank” to help children, grades K-5, learn how to save through a fun, hands-on interactive program. A collaboration between YPS, Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU) and Andson Inc., the “Piggy Bank” provides financial literacy curriculum and a real-life bank where children can deposit their hard-earned savings.

The former State Treasurer of Nevada, Kate Marshall, volunteered through the program to help give children a real-world education on budgeting, saving, credit cards, mortgages, earnings and education and its impact on earnings. She also introduced the Nevada College Kick Start Program, a program that automatically establishes college savings accounts, with an initial deposit of $50, in the name of all Nevada public school kindergarten students.

Kate-Marshall-2“The children were amazing in their ability to save and their eagerness to save for their future post high school education needs,” shared Kate. “With pennies and nickels and dimes they were able to save as a school $11,000 in the first three months of the program.”

According to Kate, the students were more excited than she at first expected and they really enjoyed learning about money and even taking their lessons home to their families to share the information they learned. Some of the classes were crowded and yet the students moved towards the front to share their overwhelming enthusiasm.

“They were very competitive, each class wanted to be the best in the program and they wanted to show me what they had learned,” said Kate. “One student told me it was the first time that he felt his math class included something he was going to use every day.”

Finances affect nearly every aspect of the lives of Nevada’s families. The ability to manage one’s finances and to have access to the resources needed to better one’s financial prospects, includes the ability to save be it for a home or for retirement or for a car.

“The more Nevadans that can successfully improve their financial outlook, the stronger and more resilient becomes Nevada’s middle class,” said Kate. “In turn, Nevada becomes better positioned to meet the demands of a global marketplace and our economic ladder is strengthened.”

To learn more about the “Piggy Bank” program or United Way’s Young Philanthropists Society, please visit

Piggy Banks | Teaching Children to Save!

It has been 5 weeks since the grand opening of the Howard Hollingsworth Elementary Piggy Bank. And what a day it was! We were surrounded by interested media, children from the school, community partners like Andson Inc. and Silver State Schools Credit Union, school staff and administrators, and of course our YPS volunteers! What a day… Continue Reading

Piggy Bank Helps Students Save!

During the United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) launch of the second “Piggy Bank,” students saved over $600 during the first day of this unique financial literacy program designed to teach over 650 students of Howard E. Hollingsworth Elementary School how to save money by simulating a traditional banking experience and providing financial education in… Continue Reading

Hollingsworth Piggy Bank Grand Opening!

Saving and planning their way into a strong and stable future, we welcome the youngsters of Howard Hollingsworth Elementary to the second “Piggy Bank”. Check out the sweet faces of our savers and the YPS members, partners, and friends who made this momentous day possible! [nggallery id=33 template=”player”]   Also: See some of the local… Continue Reading

The Tax Season is Upon Us!

We work hard all year long, celebrate the holidays and then January comes. For many it is a month of gearing up for the Tax Season. We know that it can be challenging to figure out the complicated world of taxes, so if you earned less than $53,000 in 2014, you can receive free tax… Continue Reading

Free Tax Preparation Sites

Free Tax Preparation Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Sites If you earned less than $53,000 in 2014, you can receive free tax assistance preparation and e-filing, delivered by IRS-certified volunteers at the following Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites throughout Clark and Nye Counties. Dates and locations are subject to change. Dial 2-1-1 or visit for… Continue Reading

YPS | Helping Children Learn to Save

United Way of Southern Nevada’s Young Philanthropists Society (YPS) members treated over 100 students at Bracken Elementary School on Wednesday, May 21 to a Root Beer Float Celebration. Students who had the highest participation in the “Piggy Bank” program during the 2013-14 school year got to indulge in the summertime favorite dessert, sponsored by the… Continue Reading

2014 EITC Day Unites the Community

Showing united community support, Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Henderson Councilwoman Gerri Schroder and United Way of Southern Nevada President and CEO Cass Palmer all helped to kick off the tax season during the 2014 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day on January 30, 2014. The dignitaries were all passionate about… Continue Reading

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