What is AR Finance AR Future?
Drawing on his passion for financial education, Treasurer Milligan developed the AR Finance AR Future initiative during his first few months in office and has never looked back. All AR Finance AR Future programs work to bring financial awareness and education to people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds throughout Arkansas.
During his first term in office he implemented a free financial education program for schools that taught students in grades fourth through sixth about how to manage money, and each year he has expanded those efforts to a broader range of Arkansans.
Click on the drop-down menus below to learn more about Treasurer Milligan’s work in leading financial education efforts in Arkansas:
National Association of State Treasurers
Milligan served as the Southern Region Vice President for the National Association of State Treasurers in 2021, and currently serves on two committees: the Financial Education and Empowerment Committee and the Banking and Cash Committee.
Milligan has also been featured as a thought leader on financial education initiatives by the Association.
Arkansas Financial Education Commission
Milligan worked with Sen. Missy Irvin to write a bill creating a statewide Financial Education Commission during the regular session of the 93rd General Assembly. Thus, the Arkansas Financial Education Commission was established by Act 1025 of 2021.
To learn more about the work of the Arkansas Financial Education Commission, which Milligan chairs, visit arfinancialed.org.
AR Finance AR Future Wellness Initiative
The AR Finance AR Future Wellness Initiative offers free, easy-to-follow online courses that are tailored to your specific financial needs. Topics include basic budgeting, achieving savings goals, starting a small business and retirement planning. This initiative is a partnership between the Arkansas Financial Education Commission and the National Association of State Treasurers.
Central Arkansas Library System Partnership
In 2021, Treasurer Milligan teamed up with the Central Arkansas Library System to offer free weekly virtual webinars to people who want to learn more about basic financial topics and planning.
Smart Women Smart Money
Treasurer Milligan partnered with the State Financial Officers Foundation to offer Smart Women Smart Money (SWSM) conferences, with Arkansas being the first state outside of the conference’s home state of Idaho to host this conference in 2019. Milligan hosted the SWSM conferences each year through 2021 to help empower women of all ages and financial backgrounds to take charge of their financial well-being.
AR College Saver
In October 2019, Treasurer Milligan announced a statewide partnership with the Arkansas Division of Higher Education and the Arkansas Student Loan Authority to introduce an online college planning center. ARCollegeSaver.org is a one-stop-shop for parents planning for their children’s higher education expenses.
Educate Your Financial Future
In April 2020, Milligan announced “Educate Your Financial Future,” a book-reading initiative that focused on teaching children in grades pre-K through 12th about saving money and spending wisely.
A comprehensive book list for this initiative can be found here.
OTHER HELPFUL LINKS
Treasurer Milligan is committed to providing useful financial information for all Arkansans. Below are several sections with links leading to information that might be helpful for you, your family or your loved ones.
YOUNG ADULTS & FAMILIES
A recent study showed that Hispanic Arkansans make up nearly 30% of all Arkansans who live in poverty. With help from local charities, we hope to assist our fellow Arkansans with tools that could help them improve their financial well-being.
RESIDENTS OF THE ARKANSAS DELTA REGION
- Delta Circles – “ committed to being a conduit of change to break the cycle of poverty and encourage an entrepreneurial mindset. “
- Arkansas Economic Development Commission – Rural Services – The Division of Rural Services strives to assist citizens of rural Arkansas through in-house grant programs, funding opportunity research, information-sharing and educational opportunities through regional forums and the annual Arkansas Rural Development Conference.
- Bank On Arkansas – Organization providing information on and supporting safe and affordable banking and credit union accounts to lower income families and Arkansans.
- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – The Federal Reserve promotes a healthy economy and financial stability. It provides frequent events and webinars that discuss issues related to Arkansans, and has a plethora of information on its blog and databases.