Coalition for Debtor Education

Volunteer to teach financial education classes!

The next training workshop for volunteers will be :

January 21

6:00 pm- 8:30 pm

Fordham Law School

150 West 62nd St.(Across from Lincoln Center)

Room 4-07 (4th floor) 

 2015 in Review:

The Coalition has had a very productive year.

- We've taught more than 125 classes, reaching more than 3500 consumers.

- We launched our first app, NYC MoneySmarts

- We were interviewed by Tara Lynn Wagner in the Money Matters segment on NY1

Now we need your help to continue to educate even more people about personal finances.

                                 Please consider a fully tax-deductible donation today

  • Check out NY1 interview with Executive Director, Carol O'Rourke about credit. 

  • An app of our own! NYC MoneySmarts

 Find our new free App in the App Store ( for Apple devices) and on Google Play ( for android devices)  Check it out and test your own Money Smarts.

Take the quizzes and see how you compare with other users - AND learn useful info as you play.

  • VOLUNTEER TEACHERS! Our next training session will be in January at  Fordham Law School, 150 West 62nd St., NY, NY  6:00- 8:30 pm. Please email  for date.
  • What Color Is Your Mortgage?  Fair Lending Issues and the Mortgage Crisis in NYC

Where you live often determines how you live: the schools your children attend; the jobs you have access to; the quality of your neighborhood and access to services; the level of crime. The only color that should matter to the mortgage market is green.

On Sept 9, we hosted a panel  from MFY Legal Services and Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A who walked us through the history of fair housing issues, from government redlining in the 30s through decades of legislation to combat discrimination, as well as an assessment of the current status, and recommendations on what to do now.

The Coalition also honored Jumaane D. Williams, NYC Council, District 45, Chair of the Council's Committee on Housing and Buildings, with our 2015 Friend of the Consumer award in recognition for his work for affordable housing in New York.

For readings, see CLE Readings for Fair Housing Conference

  •  Get Involved!


Teach financial education!  

Volunteer to teach at times and locations that are most convenient for you. The teaching experience is invigorating and always a learning experience for everyone involved. CDE will train you and provide all teaching materials.

The next training workshop for volunteers will be on January 21 at Fordham Law School at Lincoln Center, 150 West 62nd St., 4th floor. Please call or email if you would like to attend.


CDE will create a custom curriculum for your nonprofit, school, social service agency, or community organization. Benefit from the Coalition’s expertise. In addition to teaching classes, CDE will train your staff as financial management teachers.


With a grant from your corporation, agency, or foundation, CDE will teach financial education classes that you choose to sponsor. CDE will also train staff members at schools or social service organizations so that they are better equipped to inform their students or clients about personal financial matters.

Our Mission

The mission of the Coalition for Debtor Education is to assist consumers, particularly vulnerable populations, understand and improve their ability to manage their financial affairs. We are also committed to empirical assessment, including of our own programs, and to studying key issues affecting consumer finance.

Contact Us

Fordham University School of Law
Coalition for Debtor Education
150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-7752