USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Financial Literacy Program

Financial Literacy Program

The Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement’s Financial Literacy Program teaches faith leaders—including clergy, staff and lay leaders of churches and non-profit organizations—how to manage, use and raise funds, so that they can share their knowledge and benefit their communities.

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Over the course of four session, Murray Center and Wells Fargo staff teaches best practices in both private and organizational money management. You will learn about non-profit budgeting and capital campaign building, as well as wealth management, credit repair and more. The curriculum covers:

  1. Non-profit leadership
  2. Fund raising – how to apply for grants
  3. Bank financing – how to apply for loans
  4. Investing your money and your organization’s money
  5. Home-ownership
  6. Credit repair

The Murray Center will help you build your skills to become a better leader. You’ll gain the tools and capacity for community development work. It also will help you form partnerships with the banking industry. You find out how to become “bank qualified” for commercial loans, housing and commercial real estate development and grant funding from financial institution.


The next Financial Literacy Program will take place in August 2017:


August 3, 10, 17, 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (tentative)


The program also includes a mentoring component. CMCCE staff provide one-on-one mentoring for banking referrals, document preparation, grant writing, budget planning and leadership training.


“Equipping Faith Leaders
to Empower Communities”

CMCCE offers quarterly workshops on community development and civic engagement to alumni of its Financial Literacy Program. One of the most successful seminars is the “CEO Series.” The seminar features a meeting the CEO of Wells Fargo Bank to have conversation about leadership, business values and community banking with program participants.


Participants include pastors, executive directors, presidents and board members of faith-based, non-profit organizations. College graduates are preferred, but all clergy and executive directors of faith-based non-profits are welcome to apply.

Participants must represent organizations that meet the following requirements:

  • Organizations should have an interest in community programs such as housing development, job creation and development, small business, youth development, health and civic engagement.
  • Organizations must have two or more years of operation.
  • Organizations must have three or more full employees.
  • Organizations must have an annual budget of $250,000.


In order to register for the course, you will need to provide the following:
  • Bio or Resume: If you have a prepared resume, please upload into the application (pdf or word document).
  • Short Essay (500 words maximum per question): Have answers to the following questions prepared to copy and paste into the application:
    1. Please describe the organization you are working with. (Include a brief description of its mission, scope, products, services and activities.)
    2. In what ways do you expect your background, experiences and capabilities will contribute to the program (i.e. classroom and group discussions)?
    3. What are your expectations and objectives for attending FLP?

Please check your calendar and ensure your availability with work or otherwise for ALL the program dates.

If you have any questions, contact Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard at and include your full name and phone number in the e-mail or call 213.743.2141.

Join us to find out how you can
help families find financial security
and develop a financially strong
church, non-profit or ministry!

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