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Last updated November 17, 2014

Walter the Vault®

Walter the Vault® makes learning about money fun and engaging for young children.

Walter the Vault®

Walter the Vault® makes learning about money fun and engaging for young children.

$11,258
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
36
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, November 15 2014 2:08 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 17, 2014

About

Do you know...

  • the average credit card debt in the US is $15,607?
  • that 45 million people in the US live in poverty?

Walter the Vault was created for young kids to teach them about money - how to save it, invest it, spend it, and give it, so the next generation of kids won't fall into the above statistics.

Karen Tenenbaum, the co-founder of Walter the Vault, is a tax attorney whose career is to help adults in financial distress. In her personal life, her then- 5 year old daughter put a real quarter into a vending machine and was thrilled with the toy that came out - a plastic coin! The fact that her daughter was happy to have traded real money for fake money was an eye-opener. She knew then and there that her daughter, and virtually all children, had a lot to learn about money, spending, saving and finance. The idea for Walter the Vault was born. And it became Karen's mission to teach young children about money.

Walter the Vault is a cute lovable character who teaches money lessons in a fun and engaging way.  Young children fall in love with Walter and parents love Walter for initiating the conversation to help teach kids about money.

happy girl hugging Walter the Vault plush and bank
happy girl hugging Walter the Vault plush and bank

The Pumpernickels Meet Walter the Vault will be the first book in a series

of at least 8 books. It features Walter meeting a brother, age 7 and sister, age 5 in a magic shop.  Kids from ages 2-7 will fall in love with Walter the Vault while learning about money.

sample book page draft
sample book page draft

What we need to make this happen is to hire an editor, an illustrator and a developer to launch the print book and e-book. And we need money to do that! This is where you can help! Please pledge to help launch The Pumpernickels Meet Walter the Vault and help make the next generation of money-smart kids!

Our Goal: if we reach $15,000, we will publish the book and e-book! Yes!

Our Stretch Goal*: if we reach $22,000*, we will publish the book, e-book and an activity book! Woo-Hoo!

Our Super Stretch Goal: if we reach $50,000, we will create 5 books and 5 e-books! Woo-Hoo!

Our Super-Duper Stretch Goal: If we reach $100,000, we will create an online game and app making it super fun for kids to learn about money- how to save it, invest it, spend it, and give it! Woo-Hoo, Woo-Hoo!!

The money pledged will allow us to:

  • Hire an editor
  • Hire an illustrator
  • Hire a developer, book and e-book layout design
  • Obtain ISBN numbers, registration fees and costs associated with getting listed in online bookstores
  • Production of the books 
  • Shipping 
  • Marketing 

*our video reflects our stretch goal of $22,000

Its money in the bank! Thanks for your support!
Its money in the bank! Thanks for your support!

Risks and challenges

The members of our small team here at Walter the Vault come with many different talents except for illustrating and software developing. We will be working to hire some freelancers to help us get our first book and e-book out into the world so young kids can meet Walter. The timelines for developing, printing and shipping something this exciting will be challenging. Luckily, our team has been making this hard work a lot of fun.

Producing books is a long process, but please be patient. Here's the plan:

Making the book
1. We've written the story and did some sketches into a storyboard format. Editing is next.

2. It takes time for an illustrator to make Walter the Vault come to life!

3. It takes time for a programmer to develop the book into an e-book.

4. Printing the book
The books are industry standard, so production problems shouldn't be an issue. Once our Kickstarter campaign is finished (and successful thanks to your support!), we will know the number of books we can afford and where we should be printing them.

5. Shipping the book
Shipping is expensive.

We are very committed to making this all happen and very appreciative of your support!

We will keep you posted. Thank you!

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