It's Time to Serve
Together we are facing strange, stressful, and uncertain times.
While the Covid-19 virus threatens our health, we also feel the effects on our state of mind and in our personal finances.
Ortus Academy's mission is to enhance young people's financial intelligence, so that they can make better financial decisions and lead more secure and full lives.
We typically work with those under age 35 and with the families of young adults. We believe it's time to offer up as much support as we can to the world.
To serve in that mission now, we are now offering the majority of our paid content for FREE.
Enroll your team in our Webinars on Financial Stability
Contact us if we can help you.
Let's get through this together. #TeamHuman
For Business Owners, Teams & Individuals
We understand how hard it is to be a business owner, a manager, and a team member right now. We'd like to support your people - whether it is because of a shutdown, layoffs, pay cuts, or simply emotional and financial stress.
Our people are our greatest assets, and in moments of highest need, they want leadership and support. We've been working with employers for years to provide tools and education to teams, and now we're bringing it to your team virtually.
It is in times like these that the greatest innovations are made. We are being forced to consider new ideas, new technologies, and Ortus Academy is sharing our premium content to help as many people as we can.
For Parents & Teachers With Young Adults At Home
Family is so important. Some of us are home alone (it's not as easy as you might think), others with aging parents, and many of us are home with children (half of our team is!).
Productivity is reduced, communication is slower. It's tough - we feel it, too.
If you have a teenager or college student at home and are unsure as to how to progress now that schools are closed, we have resources for you and them as well.
Click the button below to see how we can help you navigate and educate through crisis.
For Business Owners & Team Members:
We are hosting a webinar series to help Baltimore Businesses & Team Members, called:
“Financial Stability & Managing
Finances During Uncertainty”
These webinars are free and available remotely to you, your team, or anyone you think could benefit - feel free to share this information.
Topics of Webinars will include practical advice including:
Spending and Essentialism
Earning Extra Income
Strategies for Your Bills During Hardship
Use of Credit and Emergency Funds
Followed by a short Q&A.
Registration is required, and space is limited for each webinar.
For Parents With Young Adults At Home:
We've spent the last year and over $250,000 building a state of the art Financial Intelligence course. We go beyond the traditional financial literacy topics, and far beyond the national standards of financial literacy.
Here's what you'll get:
6+ Hours of Total Content
3+ Hours of Video Content
Financial Education Games
Real-Life Action Items & Tools
Typically this course costs $199, but in these times in which this course is needed - and our young adults aren't in school - WE ARE GIVING AWAY ACCESS!
This is a completely online course that doesn't require any teaching or work from you. It doesn't require special knowledge and you don't have to be good at financial decision making.
It is ideal for ages 13 and through College Ages. Just enroll and go!
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For Parents With Younger Adults At Home:
If you are looking for a resource to help you get started in having money conversations with your child, this E-Book and tools is a great place to get started.
6 Lessons to Teach Your Kids
About Money, Now!
Free Webinars for your team to learn about their choices, options and opportunities.
Resources and Guides are available at no cost to help your family manage financial fears and challenges.
It may not feel like it, but there is a lot you can do
Almost overnight, Money Education suddenly became way more important.
Take a few minutes and read through this comprehensive blog we wrote to help you figure out how to navigate this circumstance.
A Letter to Baltimore, From Ortus Academy
Dear Baltimore, (click to expand)
As emotion swirls, I’m reminded of how together this city and greater community has always been. The fabric here is strong and the way we all pull together is unlike any city in the world I’ve traveled to.
Baltimore is beautiful.
The people are the most giving I’ve seen, felt and loved.
We are leaders that care.
Leadership in these moments is what people need most, and we’re each a leader to our employees, coworkers, children, or neighbors.
There’s some reason to be concerned, but as a strong city, we can remain united in how we can help each other.
Let’s call the situation as it is. The stock market volatility is changing people’s life savings, and mandated business closures will affect the workforce. Jobs will be affected. Small businesses may feel unstable. Stats suggest that nearly 77% of the US is paycheck to paycheck meaning families could be deeply impacted.
Let’s make quick inventory of we might expect over the next few days or weeks:
• People will be fearful and scared. Fear creates stress. Stress reorders our decision-
• The opportunity to step up may cost you. Sometimes, that’s the cost of leadership
in trying times.
We’ll be hosting workshops on “Financial Stability & Managing Finances During Uncertainty” at no cost to you or your team – anyone working can sign up. For families with kids at home, we have committed to giving away digital copies of our online courses to those that need it. If you’re a parent, or have parents that are employed with your business, they will be able to give their kids access to online games and education for free.
We can all be leaders now. We know so many that are already stepping up, but here are some other ideas for how you can lead today.
Have transparent conversations with your team about the financial ramifications of your business’ situation. What is the short-term scenario? What are potential mid and long-term scenarios? How will these affect their livelihoods? Be open. Be brave. They deserve to know.
If necessary, help employees prepare extra food supplies and essential items, even if only by giving them a list of what the essentials are right now. Listen to what they need to get by. If they don’t have the funds to prepare, consider allowing them need to borrow against future time or help them understand the use of credit.
Talk with your fellow business leaders about how you can impact the area you’re in. Can you collaborate with neighboring businesses, or double up with your competitor to create a stronger support system, even if that is digitally?
If you need help having the money conversation with your team, please reach out to us. We’re just a small startup, but we are committed to giving as much as we can to our city. Whatever you have to offer, be it small or large, it’s important to rise to the call. Leadership is proven now, in response.
Let’s lean in and demonstrate to the world that we can show up for one another in times of uncertainty.
Together, we are Baltimore.