Welcome to Women Investing In Security and Education
WISE®, is a 501(c)(3) philanthropic educational organization that provides opportunities to educate women and girls on investing and personal finance.
The MISSION of WISE, Women Investing In Security and Education is to provide opportunities and expertise for the financial education of women and girls.
The Vision of WISE is to facilitate the financial education of all women and girls so they may:
acquire skills, tools and the mindset to improve their financial status
network with other women with similar financial needs and goals, and
secure their personal financial freedom
WISE provides varying venues to accomplish financial education from basic finances and thrift concepts to more sophisticated money management.
Working closely with women, WISE provides venues to address those areas of financial education most pertinent to women and girls at all income levels.
WISE is guided by the general principles of volunteerism: giving of self without personal gain or profit. We strive to ensure professionalism, integrity, quality, and confidentiality in an environment where participants gain understanding and better secure their personal financial future.
In 1997, fifteen women gathered to plan a conference, INVEST IN YOURSELF: Financial Strategies Conference for Women, expecting 200-250 women. The overwhelming success of the conference, with 500 women attending, indicated the need for financial education in a friendly and non-intimidating environment. The conferences’ continued success enabled WISE to donate support to philanthropic groups serving women and young girls worldwide. This “gain and give” philosophy continues today.
After the initial conference, led by Victoria Collins, CFP, Invest In Yourself Conference Founder, many women volunteered to assist at the conference. In subsequent conferences, attendees came from England and other countries. And an INVEST IN YOURSELF Conference was held in London in 1999.
In 2000, the continuing success of the Invest in Yourself conferences, made clear the need for a broader view of financial education for women. Thus, a vision was formed — a vision of a larger, more encompassing philanthropic organization designed to facilitate the financial education of women. WISE®, Women Investing in Security and Education® was born.
"The organization continues to grow and add events as new opportunities arise. We continue to encourage participation and outreach within the community to share our vision,” says Founder and Past President, Helen M. Olson, Ph.D. Over 400 volunteers and supporters have actively participated and over 5000 women have benefited from WISE Programs. In addition, WISE has donated over $90,000 to community organizations which assist and educate women and girls.