Foundation improving youth financial education through reality fair technology

Bite of reality app grants to expand the reach of experiential learning program

MADISON, WI (January 17, 2019) — The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) has approved 8 Bite of Reality App Grants totaling $40,000 to help credit union organizations bring additional scale and reach to the reality fair experience.

The RMJ Foundation developed a Bite of Reality App to modernize Reality Fairs and add technology to the in-person fair experience, allowing students to use their mobile phone or tablet during the fair in place of pen and paper. The Bite of Reality App replaces student materials – notebooks, calculators, pencils, checkbooks, and worksheets – while still requiring the students to engage with the volunteers and navigate the hard sales environment that is integral to the reality fair experience.

The credit union organizations receiving grants include:

  • Heartland Credit Union Charitable Foundation, Kan. and Mo.
  • Illinois Credit Union Foundation, Ill.
  • Indiana Credit Union Foundation, Ind.
  • Michigan Credit Union Foundation, Mich.
  • Northwest Credit Union Foundation, Idaho, Ore. and Wash.
  • Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation, Pa.
  • Royal Credit Union, Wis.
  • Summit Credit Union, N.C.

“The Foundation has seen first-hand the profound effectiveness of Reality Fairs for over ten years,” said Danielle Brown, Engagement Director at the Foundation. “We are proud to fund these organizations to bring technology, additional scale and reach to the reality fair experience through the Bite of Reality App.”

About National Credit Union Foundation

The National Credit Union Foundation (The Foundation) ( is the charitable arm of the U.S credit union movement, serving as a catalyst for change in people’s financial lives. The Foundation works to ignite understanding and focus on member financial health, inspire and create opportunities for credit unions to leverage their cooperative values and respond quickly when disaster strikes. Through cooperative support and action, the Foundation helps people achieve financial freedom.


Elizabeth Krenzelok
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