Monday, August 26, 2013

Bell Investment Advisors’ Youth-in-the-Arts Grant 2013

For a second year, Bell Investment Advisors ( will be awarding its annual grant of $5,000 to an Oakland-based organization or program dedicated to supporting arts programs for Oakland youth.

The Bell Youth-in-the-Arts Grant program reflects the firm’s belief that the arts enrich the community and contribute to its vitality as well as being essential to a well-rounded education for youth.

"As ongoing cuts in public education typically result in the elimination of the arts programs from schools, we want to be part of the solution to the problem by supporting arts for youth in our community and encouraging other businesses to follow suit.” – Jim Bell CFP®, President and Founder

Local arts organizations can download the 2013 grant application, guidelines, and obtain additional information from Bell Investment Advisors’ website, Applications must be received no later than September 13, 2013.

In 2012, the first annual Bell Youth in-the-Arts Grant was awarded to Cal Performances’ Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp, a dance camp for underserved and at-risk youth that integrates life skills training with professional dance technique, thereby yielding transformational change in the lives of the participants. The organization was selected from a group of 34 outstanding organization applicants. The  AileyCamp is a superb example of an organization that enriches the lives of its participants as well as the entire community, thereby reflecting the mission of the Bell Youth-in-the-Arts Grant.

Bell’s advocacy for youth is not limited to the arts grant. The firm also strongly supports the Muse Program, the Oakland Symphony’s own program that assures music excellence in the Oakland Public Schools by augmenting existing services. Bell also advocates that all families become aware of the value of financial planning in order to be able to support their own children’s future educational needs.

In a webinar available for free on the firm’s website,, Forrest Bell, CFP®, Senior Investment Advisor, presents Why Education Planning Should Be Part of Your Financial Plan. The webinar provides essential information regarding funding children’s future educational needs, including how to choose the most effective 529 Plan, and in addition, the importance of not jeopardizing the adults’ own financial future and retirement.

Check out the video to see more!

For more information on the grant, click here-

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