About Us

Financial education is undertaught in schools - this has led to a financial literacy crisis for students and adults alike. The 5 Buckets Foundation is the leading voice providing financial literacy to the groups that need it the most—young adults, working professionals, veterans and everyone in between.

What We Do And Why

There is a financial literacy crisis in America today—it begins with young adults and continues into adulthood. People of all ages having trouble managing their personal finances either because they weren't taught the basics in school, or because of a transition in their life where their partner controlled the finances. We believe that together we can make a difference and set everyone on the path to financial security.

Of students and young adults surveyed ...

of young adults think it’s important to learn about personal finance while in high school or college.

of young adults and teens scored this average score on financial literacy tests.

of young people don’t have the resources or know where to begin learning about personal finance topics.

Our Leadership

The 5 Buckets Foundation has established a committed and passionate national leadership board who share a single-minded vision that we can create financial opportunities for people of all ages.

Meet Our Team


Punch Magazine

February 2021

California Magazine

Spring 2021


April 2021


Your contribution will support our mission and enable us to provide workshops, free books, and literacy resources to students and adults in the Bay Area and beyond.


Nondiscrimination Policy 

The officers, directors, committee members, employees, and persons served by this corporation shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, sex, race, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation. It is the policy of The Five Shovels Foundation not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, veteran’s status, political service or affiliation, color, religion, or national origin.