The digital divide isn't just about Internet access. People and communities that can't use computers or get online suffer numerous inconveniences. Experts say that communities with limited Internet access and skills pay a de facto non-adoption tax in the form of higher prices for essential goods and services. Many nonprofits and public libraries fight those inequities by offering formal and informal training to their communities in computer and Internet use as well as topics like budgeting, saving money, and personal finance.
Donated bundles of Quicken Deluxe and Quicken Premier are available at TechSoup to nonprofits and public libraries that provide training in personal financial literacy, small business development, or workforce training. Unlike most other software available at TechSoup, you can distribute copies to students in your program.
The Quicken bundles available at TechSoup contain only the CD-ROMs. In this short article, we've compiled the most useful resources we could find to help you train and support your students in using Quicken, and in personal finance in general.
Quicken Installation and Getting Started
Quicken Support from Intuit
General Financial Management Resources
Resources from Intuit
These resource pages on the Quicken website include easy-to-understand videos and articles on personal budgeting and financial literacy.
These training modules on financial literacy were produced by Connect Your Community. You can customize and reuse them for noncommercial purposes, under a Creative Commons license.
For more reusable training modules and general information about training and curriculum development, see Training the Public in Internet Use [new article in Broadband section].
Personal Financial Management Videos
Common Craft has produced a number of financial literacy videos. These "for evaluation only" videos are free; you can pay a licensing fee for access to the full, unedited videos for use in your training sessions.
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