USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Wealth-Building Resources

Watch “Build Your Wealth” Sessions

Watch the below sessions to learn more wealth-building skills and about resources for wealth-building ministries.

Elevate Your Financial Future with George B. Thompson (April 17, 2024)

George B. Thompson, a financial coach and pastor of stewardship at Faithful Central Bible Church, kicks off the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture’s 2024 Economic Empowerment series. He covers 5 crucial areas for wealth management:

  • Income
  • Debt
  • Investments
  • Taxes and protection
  • Estate planning

George B. Thompson offers financial education, wealth management and programs like the 21-Day Fast Start. Find out more at his website.


King Jermaine Jones, entrepreneur and venture capitalist, shares his story and the mindset required to secure your financial future as part of USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture’s Economic Empowerment session.

Jones credits his faith in God, critical thinking abilities and entrepreneurial spirit with allowing him to come through the foster care and criminal justice systems and succeed first as a robotic engineer and then as owner of the Dr. Fish Spa Las Vegas Franchise and several other businesses. Jones encourages people to continue the mindset of a student and problem solver as they continue to grow and build their wealth. He also shares experience with fraud and predatory loans on his journey as an entrepreneur.

Financial predators prey on people at their most vulnerable moments. But increasingly sophisticated fraudulent schemes can fool the most savvy individuals. As part of our Economic Empowerment series, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture presents a panel of experts who can tell you how to avoid becoming a victim of financial fraud and predatory practices – and what to do if you have become a victim. Watch to learn how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community members and their hard-earned savings.


Build Your Wealth: A Conversation with a Financial Wellbeing Coach (May 2023)

Financial Wellbeing Coach Eric Clay from Operation Hope speaks about building generational wealth – in your family and your community. He talks about budgeting, building credit and handling debt, and takes audience questions.

Operation Hope can provide free financial education sessions to congregations and other organizations interested in building out wealth-building programs. Visit their website for more information or contact CRCC for an introduction.


Build Your Wealth: Real Estate and Home Ownership (June 7, 2023)

Discover how real estate can help you build personal and generational wealth. Learn how to:

  • Access the value of real estate
  • Buy a home
  • Invest in property

Speakers: Ronald Taylor and Yolandra McClintock, Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles

Video available on Facebook

Build Your Wealth: Common Sense Investment Strategies (June 21, 2023)

Learn more about building wealth through common sense investment strategies.

Speaker: George B. Thompson, Pastor of Stewardship and Finance at Faithful Central Bible Church

Video available on Facebook

Upcoming Webinars:

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Harnessing the Faith Community’s Assets for Social Impact

August 7, 2024
10 am – Program
Register via Zoom

The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture presents a webinar for faith leaders seeking to address critical community issues like housing and homelessness through their congregations.

Many congregations own substantial multi-generational assets and function as trusted intermediaries for civic engagement. They are asset-rich, with real estate, tithes and offerings contributed to furthering the mission and maintenance of the institution. Congregations are also enriched by the talents, gifts, skills, experience and expertise of members and their networks in the wider community.

Still, historic and continued structural inequities limit their access to capital and development support. These often “land-rich, cash-poor” organizations are unable to adequately utilize their assets to address many of the systemic concerns in their communities. This webinar will share creative and imaginative ways to harness the power of a congregation’s assets to make greater social impact.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Pastors, clergy, lay leaders in congregations, faith and nonprofit organizations. You will get an introduction to a transformational program that we hope to bring to Los Angeles.

Register Today!