Outreach and Giving

Donate to Help Teach Others

All donations are tax deductible and go to need-based scholarships and programs for or at-risk individuals and groups through the Demystifying Project, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) public charity, Tax ID 92-3039676.


About the Demystifying Project, Inc.

The Demystifying Project, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity, Tax ID 92-3039676. Its purpose is to promote financial, life skill, learning, career, innovation, and business education of underserved, at-risk, and historically disadvantaged populations. Donations are tax deductible and donors will receive correspondence confirming donations.

The Demystifying Project, Inc. is a separate legal organization with a similar but legally distinct mission from Demystifying Wealth, LLC, which owns both the Demystifying Wealth and Demystifying Silicon Valley programs. The Demystifying Project intends to utilize the Demystifying Wealth program and other related programs, along with additional program resources, staff, training, materials, support services, and follow up designed to enhance and measure the programs’ effectiveness for their target populations.

Use of Proceeds

Donations to the Demystifying Project will primarily go to fund group and community programs. Those programs are described below. Some funds will be used for individual scholarships for people unable to afford Demystifying Wealth programs even with the reduced pricing offered by Demystifying Wealth, LLC. In general, scholarship funds will be prioritized to households who (a) are below the U.S. poverty level, (b) have credit card and other non-mortgage debt in excess of 70% of annual income and make less than $60,000 a year, (c) have been involuntarily unemployed for other three months and previously made under $60,000 a year, or (d) have a household income under $60,000 a year and are considering filing bankruptcy and have consulted a credit counselor or bankruptcy specialist. Applicants may list other reasons which will be considered on a case by case basis. The application form is found on the Reduced Pricing page (you must be logged in to view the form.)

Proposed Community Programs

The Demystifying Project is looking to create and run group and community programs for its target audience. The Project will work with sponsors to customize programs, but the outline below is the proposed structure. If you work with or are part of underserved, at-risk, or historically disadvantaged populations and wish to help create a program, or wish to sponsor one, please contact david@demystifyingwealth.com.

Proposed Structure of Programs

The proposed program will utilize the Demystifying Wealth Personal Finance I and Life, Learning, and Leadership I sequences and associated materials as its base curriculum. However, we have learned that online learning using pre-recorded courses has limited efficacy for most of our target population. Further, a primary driver in financial behavior is peer, friendship, mentor, and family networks. We often spend too much, save too little, or fail to improve ourselves because of our network around us. Indeed, one of the greatest predictors of impending financial disaster for couples is divergent financial worldviews about money (and failing to develop real joint strategies).

We therefore want to encourage participation by (a) families, (b) social organizations, such as churches and civic organizations, (c) peer groups, such as groups of friends, and (d) mentoring relationships and organizations, where, for example, a teenager or young adult is paired with an older person to do the courses together. Mentors can be anyone from coaches and teachers to adult relatives to pastors to Big Sisters and Big Brothers. We believe that those who participate in the courses with others will watch more, learn more, and be more likely to apply the lessons. We will test this assumption with measurements.

We therefore strongly desire to work with programs which have established mentoring relationships or peer-to-peer support relationships. We also prefer programs which choose to involve the families of the primary participants so the entire household may benefit.

We plan to offer additional programs aimed at adult mentors to help them learn how to coach and mentor others, especially those with more challenging backgrounds. Of course, most adult mentors know as little about these subjects as the younger mentees, so we are really teaching not only youth, but also motivated adults who are often important teachers and influencers in their community. In some cases such mentors will literally have the “bully pulpit” to instill the virtues espoused by Demystifying Wealth to hundreds of others.

We are willing to be flexible and creative given resource and time constraints, so please reach out to discuss additional ideas or programs.

Proposed Program Schedule

Whether participants are alone or in a group, they may watch the courses in any order and as many at a time as they wish. However, we recommend that participants follow the course schedule (or at least watch the courses in order, as they build upon each other). Each “Virtual Office Hours” will be online and live and will cover a particular group of courses and “homework” activities. This structure is akin to a college course where there is assigned reading (videos), some limited homework, then section for discussion. We also encourage participants to form small groups outside of this framework for encouragement and support.

All live programs will be recorded so participants who cannot watch live can view later, so the full program is available to all participants. Access to the courses remains so participants can rewatch programs later when in need, which we believe is a crucial part of the program.

The following schedule is compressed but can be expanded.

Personal Finance Essentials I (Saturdays 9am-10:30am PT or similar time)
0In 2 weeks beforeKickoff meetings for program
0In 2 weeks beforeProgram for mentors and advisors
0In 2 weeks beforeProgram for participants from especially challenging backgrounds
1Week 11.101 Why Are We Bad at Money
1.102 What Is $100 Worth
2Week 21.103 Investing Fundamentals
1.104 Financial Health Checkup
3Week 31.105 Habits, Systems, Taxes, and Retirement
1.106 Surviving the Red Zone
4Week 41.107 Building Wealth
5Week 51.108 Putting It All Together
6Week 6Review of Participant Plans (reviewed anonymously and with consent of each selected participant)
Life, Learning, and Leadership Essentials I
7Week 72.101 The Most Important Life and Leadership Skill
2.102 Hard Conversations and Negotiations
8Week 82.103 How to Learn and Master Anything
2.104 Excel at Your Career
2.105 Survival Law for Non-Lawyers
9Week 92.105 Creating Lifelong Meaningful Relationships
2.106 Understanding Trauma and Crisis
10Week 10The Hidden Truths of College Admissions and Financial Aid

Proposed Measurements of Results

We will measure various metrics to determine the efficacy of the programs. The goal is to be able to optimize and fund the programs for deployment nationally to a substantial part of all underserved and at risk populations nationally.

Financial Literacy Measurements


A Confidential Financial Assessment (20-30 minutes to complete) will be requested both at the beginning and end of the financial literacy portions of the program. Participants will be asked to complete the following assessments.

IntakeCompletion of Financial Literacy Portion of ProgramOne Year After Program Completion
Basic demographic informationHow participants participated (alone, with group, family, mentor, etc.)Specific actions following program (account openings, automatic deductions, other systems)
Financial Literacy Assessment (40 multiple choice questions)  Financial Literacy Assessment (40 multiple choice questions)   
Confidential Financial Health Assessment: Debt, Savings, Investments, Earnings Confidential Financial Health Assessment: Debt, Savings, Investments, Earnings
 Narrative experience section and review of programNarrative experience section and review of program


  1. 85% financial literacy at completion of program
  2. Reduction of debt by 20% one year after program
  3. Increase in savings and investments by 50% one year after program
  4. Increase in earnings by 15% one year after program
  5. 80% who have eliminated “bad debt” will have opened Roth or other tax advantaged accounts
  6. 15% will volunteer to be peer mentors or group leaders for a future finance sequence

Other Measurements:

  1. Effect of group participation (peer groups, completing with friends) on results
  2. Effect of mentor participation on results
  3. Effect of family participation on results
  4. Analysis broken down by demographic characteristics, such as race, gender, language accessibility, class background, etc.
  5. Effect on families and friends of education (have they imparted information in ways that have improved their families and friends?)

Donate to Help Teach Others

All donations are tax deductible and go to need-based scholarships and programs for or at-risk individuals and groups through the Demystifying Project, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) public charity, Tax ID 92-3039676.