It's never too early for kids to learn about finances!

At least that seems to be the modus operandi at Know Your Dough (KYD), a two-time non-profit of the year nominee. Founded in 2013, KYD began by teaching financial literacy to a small room of high school students at Durango Recreation Center.

The week-long program was so warmly received by both the participants and the community that 501c3 status was established in 2014, and the rest is history.

 "Our education system does not teach critical financial skills in school and they are often not taught at home," states their site. By educating youth on prudent financial practices, they hope to provide the knowledge kids need to improve their situation and reach financial stability as adults. 

Today, their programs teach the pay-yourself-first philosophy and incorporate a variety of interactive games, activities, lessons, and guest speakers to get the message across.

Nearly 1000 elementary, middle, and high school students in southwestern Colorado benefit from KYD each year. In just one week, students achieve a 27-percent increase in financial literacy skills 

Headquartered in Durango, CO, it comes as no surprise that KYD just announced a new partnership with Alpine Bank, one of Colorado's most active state-wide philanthropists. 

For more information, to donate, or volunteer, visit their website. And share your thoughts with us in the comments below!