Operation HOPE Press Releases

Brian Betts named Chief Financial Officer of Operation HOPE

ATLANTA – Aug. 7, 2019 – Operation HOPE today announced the appointment of Brian Betts as Chief Financial Officer, effective August 2. Betts has served as Senior Vice President, Controller, for the past nine months. He has over 20 years of experience in auditing, accounting operations, and strategic planning.

“Brian is a highly regarded industry executive with a long history leading the most critical aspects of corporate finance,” said Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer John Hope Bryant. “His phenomenal leadership and expertise bring added strength and perspective to our organization at a critical time in the history of HOPE as we realign to purpose and mission, and look to innovation in the midst of transformational growth. Brian is also a great cultural fit because of his deep appreciation for our commitment to uplifting underserved communities.”

Prior to joining Operation HOPE, Betts worked specifically in the nonprofit industry for 10 years, specializing in developing accounting systems and implementing processes to streamline accounting functions while adhering to federal and state requirements. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Memphis. He has active CPA licenses in both Tennessee and Georgia.

“We are truly pleased to have Brian on our executive team,” said Operation HOPE President Dr. Anita Ward. “He brings a principled and engaging approach to the CFO role, and will make a significant impact on the work of HOPE by providing leadership in the area of finance.”

For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org. Follow Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope

Operation HOPE Receives $1M Donation from Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation

ATLANTA – July 22, 2019 – Operation HOPE announced today that The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation has donated $1 million to the organization. The donation will expand the work of HOPE through its nationwide HOPE Inside network and help extend the organization’s mission delivered under the banner of the Silver Rights Movement—the movement for rights to financial literacy, access to capital, and equity of opportunity, for all.
“We are honored to receive this generous gift from The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation to directly expand the reach and impact of the work of HOPE,” said Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Hope Bryant. “I have known Mr. Henry Kravis for 20 years. I know him to be a pioneer on Wall Street, a role model among business leaders, and now a hero on Main Street. Our shared vision is to create a stronger, more inclusive economy—and by extension, society through financial empowerment—and financial dignity. The impact on families and communities as more people and more local businesses succeed; the new investments and jobs that come to communities where people are financially secure and young people have the skills to be productive, represent true community uplift and personal transformation.”
HOPE Inside, a unique financial empowerment model created by Operation HOPE to provide no-cost financial literacy coaching and education to participants through the support of financial and corporate partners, currently stands at more than 130 locations across the country. Core programming includes credit and money management, homeownership, and small business development. The model also includes HOPE Inside Youth, HOPE Inside Disaster, and HOPE Inside The Workplace, an employee financial wellness program that has been piloted in one of Mr. Kravis’ KKR portfolio companies with plans to expand in the future.
“I am so proud to support Operation HOPE in its mission. This organization doesn’t just focus on teaching the skills that people need to improve their finances. They also – and perhaps most importantly – teach people to believe in themselves through a financial coaching process that is driven by respect and dignity,” said Henry Kravis, chairman of The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation. “Operation HOPE is not just transforming people’s credit scores, but their lives.”
In 27 years, Operation HOPE has served more than 4 million individuals and directed over $3.2 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities—impacting 1,467 U.S. cities and towns. Through the HOPE 700 Credit Score Communities initiative, the focus of raising client FICO scores to 700 is at the foundation of all HOPE Inside programming. Seventy-two percent of HOPE clients improved their FICO scores—35-point average—after 5.4 months, and a recent Accenture analysis reveals that Operation HOPE improves FICO scores at 2-3 times the rate of its peers.

For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org. Follow Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope

Operation HOPE Awarded $1.2M Grant from U.S. Department of Commerce to Extend Financial Recovery Work in Puerto Rico

ATLANTA – July 19, 2019 – Operation HOPE announced today that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded the organization a $1.2 million grant to extend its financial recovery work in Puerto Rico through HOPE Coalition America (HCA), the central programming arm of its national disaster and preparedness division, HOPE Inside Disaster. The grant will fund up to 300 workshops to empower entrepreneurs and small businesses to grow and succeed following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. The initiative, to be located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designated Opportunity Zone, will be matched with nearly $1.8 million in local funds and will be undertaken in partnership with Banco Popular. The workshops will focus on continuity activities such as business expansion, new business opportunity building, preparedness, and resilience. A key component of Operation HOPE’s delivery of this support is its Digital Entrepreneur Training Program (ETP), designed to enable underserved and developing small businesses to access educational resources and connect with a network of subject matter experts.
“We are grateful to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Department’s Economic Development Administration for awarding this grant to support our work in Puerto Rico,” said Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Hope Bryant. “It will help us to continue to uplift communities there, and we will also be able to bring impact to a designated Opportunity Zone. As I’ve said before, these zones will begin to attract real capital into neighborhoods and this grant allows us to continue our work to empower inclusion and help the island’s economy recover and grow stronger.”
HOPE Inside, a unique financial empowerment model created by Operation HOPE to provide no-cost financial literacy coaching and education to participants through the support of financial and corporate partners, currently stands at more than 130 locations across the country. Core programming includes credit and money management, homeownership, and small business development. The model also includes HOPE Inside Youth, HOPE Inside The Workplace, an employee financial wellness program; and HOPE Inside Disaster.
In 27 years, Operation HOPE has served more than 4 million individuals and directed over $3.2 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities—impacting 1,467 U.S. cities and towns. Through the HOPE 700 Credit Score Communities initiative, the focus of raising client FICO scores to 700 is at the foundation of all HOPE Inside programming. Seventy-two percent of HOPE clients improved their FICO scores—35-point average—after 5.4 months, and a recent Accenture analysis reveals that Operation HOPE improves FICO scores at 2-3 times the rate of its peers. Through HCA, Operation HOPE has responded to 148 federal-declared disasters.
Read EDA announcement HERE.

For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org. Follow Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope

On-Demand Online Access of “Andrew Young Presents: The Color of Money” Documentary Now Available

The documentary allows viewers to journey alongside Ambassador Andrew Young as he travels to Memphis, Tennessee, to reflect upon Dr. King’s final fight before his untimely demise—The Poor People’s Campaign, and to highlight the modern-day Silver Rights Movement led by John Hope Bryant and Operation HOPE.

ATLANTA – June 26, 2019 – Operation HOPE announced today that the documentary “Andrew Young Presents: The Color of Money” which highlights the organization’s for-purpose financial dignity and economic empowerment work is now available to the public online. In its 11th year of national syndication, “Andrew Young Presents” is a series of first-person documentary narratives hosted by civil rights activist, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and HOPE Global Spokesman, Andrew J. Young. The latest episode, “Andrew Young Presents: The Color of Money,” features the work of HOPE supported by partner organizations First Tennessee Bank and SunTrust Bank, and focuses on the continuation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Poor People’s Campaign.”

“Andrew Young Presents: The Color of Money” is available for on-demand viewing at thecolorofmoney.org and YouTube.

“We are honored to have the work of HOPE – delivered through our nationwide HOPE Inside network – included in this amazing production in honor of Dr. King’s dream of financial inclusion,” said Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Hope Bryant. “This documentary will educate many on the second part of Dr. Martin Luther King’s integration dream—the integration of the dollar, under the banner of “silver rights”—rights to financial literacy, access to capital, and equity of opportunity, for all.

The HOPE Inside model, created by Operation HOPE to provide no-cost financial literacy coaching and education to participants through the support of financial and corporate partners, is presented in the documentary as a mechanism of personal and community economic uplift for low and moderate-income youth and adults.

“Operation HOPE is extending Dr. King’s dream of financial inclusion by empowering individuals and communities with financial dignity with the help of partners like SunTrust and First Tennessee Bank,” said Ambassador Andrew Young. “I’m proud to see how Dr. King’s legacy continues on today in cities like Memphis and Atlanta, and around the nation, more than 50 years later.”
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About Operation HOPE
Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to “silver rights” with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved—disrupting poverty for millions of low- and moderate-income families across the nation. Through our community uplift model, HOPE Inside, which received the 2016 Innovator of the Year recognition by American Banker magazine, Operation HOPE has served more than 4 million individuals and directed more than $3.2 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, minimum wage workers into living wage consumers, and uncertain disaster victims into financially empowered disaster survivors. Project 5117 is our multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth in underserved communities, and stabilize the American dream by boosting FICO scores. Operation HOPE recently received its fourth consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator. For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org. Follow Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope

John Hope Bryant to discuss Economic Inclusion in Charlottesville, Virginia

Entitled “From Civil Rights to Silver Rights: Economic Prosperity through Inclusion,” the event will be hosted by New Hill Development Corporation.

ATLANTA – June 10, 2019 – Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer John Hope Bryant, will discuss economic inclusion at an event tomorrow in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the Vinegar Hill Theatre. Entitled “From Civil Rights to Silver Rights: Economic Prosperity through Inclusion,” the event will be hosted by New Hill Development Corporation. Bryant’s conversation will be facilitated by John Kluge, founder and managing director of Refugee Investment Network, and board member of New Hill Development Corporation.

New Hill Development Corporation is working to create a new thriving African-American downtown in Charlottesville. New Hill is the lead partner on HOPE Inside Charlottesville, the first HOPE Inside office installation in the state of Virginia, where Operation HOPE provides credit and money management coaching and education, via HOPE Financial Wellbeing Coach Bernard Whitsett. Clients are referred from partners such as the Community Investment Collaborative and the Fountain Fund. Additionally, New Hill working with Local Initiative Support Corporation and the City of Charlottesville to complete a Small Area Plan for the Starr Hill area which now houses part of the original footprint of Vinegar Hill. The City of Charlottesville is a major donor to New Hill and supports the partnership with Operation HOPE.

“We are honored to partner with New Hill Development Corporation for this essential discussion event and on HOPE Inside Charlottesville, our first in Virginia,” said John Hope Bryant. “Our vision is to create a stronger, more inclusive economy—and by extension, society through financial empowerment—and financial dignity. The impact on families and communities as more people and more local businesses succeed; the new investments and jobs that come to communities where people are financially secure and young people have the skills to be productive, represent true community uplift and personal transformation.

New Hill’s name pays homage to a once vibrant African American neighborhood in Charlottesville called Vinegar Hill. It was the thriving African American community consisting of about 40 businesses and over 100 homes for decades. In the 1960s, the city razed the neighborhood in the name of ‘urban renewal’ yet never began redevelopment in the neighborhood for 20 years in any meaningful way. Black families were displaced and most moved into public housing, cutting pathways to homeownership and wealth creation that still impacts racial equity in the city today.

Event details:

From Civil Rights to Silver Rights:
Economic Prosperity through Inclusion

Tuesday, June 11th 2019
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:30pm)

Vinegar Hill Theater
220 W. Market Street, Charlottesville VA 22902
(childcare and youth activities provided on site)

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About New Hill Development Corporation
New Hill Development Corporation is an African American led social enterprise established to build a community that is prosperous, inclusive, diverse, and equitable.

About Operation HOPE
Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to “silver rights” with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved—disrupting poverty for millions of low and moderate-income families across the nation. Through our community uplift model, HOPE Inside, Operation HOPE has served more than 4 million individuals and directed more than $3.4 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, minimum wage workers into living wage consumers, and uncertain disaster victims into financially empowered disaster survivors. Project 5117 is our multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth in underserved communities, and stabilize the American dream by boosting FICO scores. Operation HOPE recently received its fourth consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator. For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org. Follow Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope

San Francisco 49ers Partners with Operation HOPE to Empower Bay Area Communities with Financial Dignity

The 49ers is the first team to offer the HOPE Inside program as part of the National Football League’s Inspire Change initiative. Operation HOPE is one of the initiative’s nonprofit
social justice grant recipients. The program includes financial coaching and education
offered at no cost to community participants.

ATLANTA and SAN FRANCISCO – May 30, 2019 – Operation HOPE and the San Francisco 49ers announced today a partnership to bring credit and money management coaching and education to underserved Bay Area communities at no cost to participants. The 49ers is the first team to offer the HOPE Inside program as part of the National Football League’s (NFL) Inspire Change initiative. Operation HOPE was announced as one of the initiative’s nonprofit social justice grant recipients earlier this year, and pledged to use the funds to collaborate with NFL teams in support of its nationwide empowerment work within underserved communities to equip young people and adults with the financial tools and education to secure a better future. The HOPE Inside model of community uplift developed by Operation HOPE aligns with the Inspire Change platform which showcases the collaborative efforts of players, owners, and the league to create positive change in communities across the country by supporting programs and initiatives that reduce barriers to opportunity, with a focus on three priority areas:

• Education and economic advancement
• Police and community relations
• Criminal justice reform

“Operation HOPE’s core value of empowering the community through education is one that my grandfather, Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., instilled in my family many years ago and is carried on by the San Francisco 49ers to this day,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “The organization’s work to create a more prepared society is vital and I am excited to connect their efforts to the Bay Area where financial tools and education are crucial in our underserved communities.”

To learn more, please contact the San Francisco 49ers.

The Credit and Money Management Program, a core focus of the HOPE Inside financial empowerment model developed by Operation HOPE, is designed to transform disabling financial mindsets—teaching people the language of money, how to navigate credit, and make better decisions with the money they have. Through the HOPE-700-Credit-Score-Communities initiative, the focus on raising client FICO scores to 700 is at the foundation of programming. A HOPE Financial Wellbeing Coach will provide workshops and one-on-one coaching to area residents.

“Our vision is to create a stronger, more inclusive economy—and by extension, society through financial empowerment – and financial dignity,” said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Operation HOPE. Think of the difference our programs make in people’s lives as they improve their FICO scores by 100 points or more. Think about the impact on families and communities as more people and more local businesses succeed. And consider the new investments and jobs that come to communities where people are financially secure and young people have the skills to be productive. We are proud to partner with the 49ers organization as part of the Inspire Change initiative to bring meaningful impact to communities and advance the critical dialogue on social justice taking place nationally.”

HOPE Inside had its genesis in bank branches, but widespread market adoption continues to bring sponsored offices to government facilities, grocery stores, hospitals, churches, college campuses, and other community locations. Today, there are more than 120 existing locations across the nation. Every HOPE Inside location holds consumer credit counseling certifications, and CFPB, FDIC, U.S. SBA, HUD, EITC, and FEMA applications and partnerships.

For more information and details on the upcoming program launch, visit operationhope.org.

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About the San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers, owned by Denise and John York, currently play in the NFC West division and have won five Super Bowl trophies including Super Bowl XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV and XXIX. The franchise also has six conference championships and 19 divisional championships and was the first major league professional sports team to be based in San Francisco more than 70 years ago. Please visit www.49ers.com and follow the 49ers on Facebook and Twitter @49ers.

About Operation HOPE
Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to “silver rights” with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved—disrupting poverty for millions of low and moderate-income families across the nation. Through our community uplift model, HOPE Inside, Operation HOPE has served more than 4 million individuals and directed more than $3.4 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, minimum wage workers into living wage consumers, and uncertain disaster victims into financially empowered disaster survivors. Project 5117 is our multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth in underserved communities, and stabilize the American dream by boosting FICO scores. Operation HOPE recently received its fourth consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator. For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org. Follow Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope

49ers Media Contact
Tessa Giammona
San Francisco 49ers
408-673-2043
Tessa.Giammona@49ers.com

Operation HOPE Media Contact
Shalon Bell
Operation HOPE
404-625-0688
shalon.bell@operationhope.org

City of Memphis partners with Operation HOPE to launch HOPE Inside

Program to provide no-cost financial empowerment education and coaching
to more than 2,500 city employees and their families will begin in July.

ATLANTA – May 30, 2019 – The City of Memphis and Operation HOPE announced today a partnership to bring HOPE Inside financial coaching and education to city employees and their families. The HOPE Inside The Workplace programming and coaching to be offered as an employee wellness benefit, will include an Operation HOPE Financial Wellbeing Coach providing educational workshops and one-on-one coaching on credit and money management, homeownership, and financial disaster preparedness. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced the new partnership today from the main stage at the HOPE Global Forums | 2019 Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

“So often we stress the importance of leading healthy lifestyles, but leave out the importance of also being financially healthy” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said. “With this program, we are offering a well-rounded, balanced approach to our employees to ensure they are financially sound. We’re so excited about this partnership and ready to offer this great benefit to our team.”

HOPE Inside the Workplace is a segment of the HOPE Inside model offered as an employee wellness benefit at corporations and organizations. This is the first HOPE Inside the Workplace installation in Memphis and in the state of Tennessee. Traditionally, HOPE Inside installs Operation HOPE financial wellbeing coaches in bank branches, government offices, grocery stores, and other community locations to provide financial dignity coaching and programming, including credit and money management, homeownership, small business development, and financial disaster preparedness and recovery, all offered at no cost to the client.

“This commitment by Mayor Strickland and the City of Memphis, will contribute to the financial wellness of thousands of municipal employees and their family members,” said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE. “Personal financial stress is the most common cause of stress in the workplace—we are grateful for the partnership, and commend City of Memphis leadership for taking this step to empower its employees and by extension its local communities.”

The HOPE Inside network now stands at more than 130 locations across the country, with over 450 new locations scheduled to open within the next 18 months. Nationally, HOPE Inside the Workplace is currently offered to employees of the Atlanta Police Department and Atlanta Public Schools, through sponsorship by SunTrust Bank; UPS, and Delta Air Lines.

HOPE Inside City of Memphis will launch on July 1.
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About City of Memphis
At the City of Memphis, we are working to improve the quality of life for all Memphians every day by delivering reliable, responsive and high-quality services. Memphis is a hub of opportunity, innovation, and easy living. We are a city of doers, dreamers, and believers. We create, we invent, we experiment. For more information: www.memphistn.gov. Follow us on twitter @CityofMemphis, @wearememphistn, and @memphistravel.

About Operation HOPE
Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to “silver rights” with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved—disrupting poverty for millions of low- and moderate-income families across the nation. Through our community uplift model, HOPE Inside, which received the 2016 Innovator of the Year recognition by American Banker magazine, Operation HOPE has served more than 4 million individuals and directed more than $3.2 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, minimum wage workers into living wage consumers, and uncertain disaster victims into financially empowered disaster survivors. Project 5117 is our multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth in underserved communities, and stabilize the American dream by boosting FICO scores. Operation HOPE recently received its fourth consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator. For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org. Follow Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope

City of Memphis Media Contact:
Dan Springer
(901) 636-6543
Dan.springer@memphistn.gov

Operation HOPE Media Contact:
Shalon Bell
(404) 941-2919
shalon.bell@operationhope.org

NFL announces launch of “Inspire Change” Initiative

Operation HOPE awarded social justice grant to support the nationwide HOPE Inside network.

The National Football League today announced the launch of the Inspire Change platform, showcasing the collaborative efforts of players, owners and the league to create positive change in communities across the country.

Working together with the Players Coalition, NFL teams and the league office continue to support programs and initiatives that reduce barriers to opportunity, with a focus on three priority areas:

» Education and economic advancement

» Police and community relations

» Criminal justice reform

The Inspire Change platform includes the debut of a new television spot, which will air during this weekend’s playoff games. Additional versions of the television spot will continue to air throughout the post-season, including on Super Bowl Sunday during pregame programming.

New Social Justice Grants

As part of the league’s ongoing commitment to social justice, the joint NFL players-owners working group recently approved two new social justice grants focused on the three priority areas. The grants were issued to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) and Operation HOPE. BBBSA will use the funding to support agencies across the country as they create long-term mentoring relationships that empower youth to reach their full potential and help communities connect across racial and economic divides. Operation HOPE will use the funds in support of their nationwide work within underserved communities to equip young people and adults with the financial tools and education to secure a better future.

“Our vision is to create a stronger, more inclusive economy–and by extension, society through financial empowerment – and financial dignity. Think of the difference our programs make in people’s lives as they improve their FICO scores by 100 points or more. Think about the impact on families and communities as more people and more local businesses succeed. And consider the new investments and jobs that come to communities where people are financially secure and young people have the skills to be productive. We are proud to partner with the NFL as part of the Inspire Change initiative to bring meaningful impact to our communities and advance the critical dialogue on social justice taking place nationally.” – John Hope Bryant, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer.

“We are honored to be working with the NFL on the Inspire Change Initiative. Mentoring is a proven long-term strategy for bridging gaps in academics and income, and this grant will allow our agencies to create more strong mentoring relationships,” – Pam Iorio, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

These grants build on the two grants issued last season to Dream Corps and the UNCF (United Negro College Fund). With this support, Dream Corps’ #cut50 initiative helped pass the bi-partisan First Step Act, and UNCF is developing and launching a new criminal and social justice initiative. The new program aims to alleviate the impact of mass incarceration on individuals and communities through the prism of higher education, specifically UNCF’s 37 member-institutions and other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Additional grants will be announced as they are approved in the coming months.

“The coalition of bi-partisan support was the secret sauce behind the passage of the First Step Act, and the unlikely allies we brought together for the historic legislation are what we are all about — we work across deep divides to inspire change and solve America’s toughest problems. We back initiatives that close prison doors (#cut50) and open doors of opportunity (#YesWeCode) and we are excited to continue our NFL partnership for even bigger changes in the future.” – Van Jones, President & Founder of the Dream Corps.

“For 75 years, UNCF has supported educational opportunities for the most disenfranchised communities. With the support of the NFL, this new effort will build on the history of HBCUs as some of the oldest social justice organizations in this country. Our ultimate aim is breaking the cycle of incarceration and increasing the likelihood that low-income individuals and individuals of color are on a path to educational and economic success, not prison.” – Dr. Michael Lomax, President and CEO of UNCF.

The league also announced today that it will partner with digital learning curriculum leader EverFi on a high school-focused African-American History education program. NFL funding will allow thousands of students in 175 underserved schools in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Montana and North Carolina to take part in the digital curriculum, at no charge to the schools or students. The schools were selected by EverFi based on areas of need and biggest opportunities for impact.

Activating for Impact

Inspire Change is a comprehensive platform for social change that also includes:

» Community activation. During Super Bowl week in Atlanta, the league will take part in several events related to social justice, including events with RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality) and Morehouse College. More details will be announced in the coming weeks. The league is also supporting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Global Youth Leadership Conference, taking place in Washington, D.C. in January in partnership with The Memorial Foundation, the builders of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall. The event will bring together youth leaders from around the country to learn from Dr. King’s legacy of leadership and to help them develop their own voices.

» Grassroots funding. The Players Coalition will announce the recipients of their social justice grants during Super Bowl week. The NFL Foundation continues funding social justice matching grants as submitted by current players, NFL Legends and teams. To date, the Foundation has matched 365 social justice grants from players, and 28 grants submitted by teams, totaling nearly $2 million.

» New nationwide programming, digital content and social media support. NFL Media will also unveil programming across its platforms focused on the efforts of current and former players toward social progress and understanding. The new documentary series Indivisible launches on Tuesday, January 15, featuring real conversations with players and local leaders on the issues and values at the heart of six communities. The six-part series premieres Tuesday, January 15, with new episodes unveiled weekly across NFL Media’s digital platforms (NFL.com, NFL app, NFL YouTube and Facebook channels). In addition, on Monday, January 14, the seventh installment within the Impact & Influence series is set to premiere within NFL Total Access. The installment follows the creation of the Bears’ nine-person social justice committee and their efforts to donate more than $800,000 to local social justice efforts. All installments from the Impact & Influence series can be viewed digitally by visiting NFL.com/impactandinfluence.

Please visit www.nfl.com/inspirechange and join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #inspirechange.

Destinations Credit Union Partners with Operation HOPE to Open HOPE Inside Office at Parkville Location

Destinations is the first credit union in the country to offer HOPE Inside. Financial dignity programming now available at no cost to participants—both members and non-members of the Credit Union.

BALTIMORE – Jan. 17, 2019 – Destinations Credit Union and Operation HOPE announced today a partnership to bring credit and money management coaching to the Greater Baltimore community. The new HOPE Inside location is now open at the Destinations main office in Parkville located at 8767 Satyr Hill Road. Offered at no cost to participants, HOPE Inside Destinations includes an Operation HOPE financial wellbeing coach providing educational workshops and one-on-one coaching.

Destinations is the first credit union in the country to offer HOPE Inside. The services of the HOPE financial wellbeing coach are completely free and open to both members and non-members of the Credit Union. Destinations has provided office space and resources for this HOPE Inside office.

“With our official industry mantra of ‘People Helping People,’ this is the work credit unions need to do.” said Brian Vittek, President/CEO of Destinations Credit Union. “All members and local residents deserve the opportunity to receive financial dignity.”

The Credit and Money Management Program, a core focus of the award-winning HOPE Inside financial empowerment model developed by Operation HOPE, is designed to transform disabling financial mindsets—teaching people the language of money, how to navigate credit, and make better decisions with the money they have.

“Our vision is to create a stronger, more inclusive economy through financial empowerment – and financial dignity,” said Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, John Hope Bryant. “Think of the difference our programs make in people’s lives as they improve their FICO scores by 100 points or more. Think about the impact on families and communities as more people and more local businesses succeed. And consider the new investments and jobs that come to communities where people are financially secure. We are proud to partner with Destinations Credit Union to bring meaningful impact to the residents of this community and beyond.”

HOPE Inside had its genesis in bank branches, but widespread market adoption continues to bring sponsored offices to government facilities, grocery stores, hospitals, churches, college campuses, and other community locations. Today, there are 120 existing locations across the nation. Every HOPE Inside location holds consumer credit counseling certifications, and CFPB, FDIC, U.S. SBA, HUD, EITC, and FEMA applications and partnerships. Through the HOPE 700 Credit Score Communities initiative, the focus on raising client FICO scores to 700 is at the foundation of all HOPE Inside programming.

“Understanding how finances work is an integral part of succeeding financially,” Vittek said. “Operation HOPE coaches are trained to help people understand and improve their FICO scores. They also equip entrepreneurs with the tools and training to follow their dreams, and help individuals and families understand the path to homeownership.”

Anyone interested in this free service can contact HOPE Financial Wellbeing Coach Yolanda Hobbs at 410-663-2500, ext. 119 or e-mail her at Yolanda.Hobbs@operationhope.org.

“The client experience at HOPE Inside is rooted in financial dignity and empowerment,” Bryant said. “The personalized one-on-one coaching process integrates four key steps: giving back dignity, reintroducing individuals to themselves, offering redemption, and providing opportunities through purpose-driven projects.”

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About Destinations Credit Union
Destinations Credit Union is a $60 million financial institution located in the Parkville area of Baltimore County. It was originally chartered the Baltimore Transit Company Credit Union (later MTA Credit Union) and now serves over 250 employers, community groups and associations in the Baltimore area.

Since 1935, Destinations Credit Union has operated as a not-for-profit, member-owned and operated financial institution. Destinations Credit Union exists to promote thrift and a source of low-cost credit for individual members. In essence, our only reason for being is to help our members do better financially.

About Operation HOPE
Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to “silver rights” with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved—disrupting poverty for millions of low- and moderate-income families across the nation. Through our community uplift model, HOPE Inside, which received the 2016 Innovator of the Year recognition by American Banker magazine, Operation HOPE has served more than 2.8 million individuals and directed more than $3.4 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, minimum wage workers into living wage consumers, and uncertain disaster victims into financially empowered disaster survivors. Project 5117 is our multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth in underserved communities, and stabilize the American dream by boosting FICO scores. Operation HOPE recently received its fourth consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator. For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org. Follow Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope

Work of HOPE featured in “Andrew Young Presents: The Color of Money”

The financial dignity and economic empowerment work of Operation HOPE is highlighted in the latest installment of the documentary series, “Andrew Young Presents.” In its 11th year of national syndication, “Andrew Young Presents” is a series of first-person documentary narratives hosted by civil rights activist, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and HOPE Global Spokesman, Andrew J. Young. The latest episode, “Andrew Young Presents: The Color of Money,” features the work of HOPE with partner organizations First Horizon and SunTrust, and focuses on the continuation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Poor People’s Campaign.”

“We are honored to have the work of HOPE included in this amazing production in honor of Dr. King’s dream of financial inclusion,” said Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Hope Bryant. “This documentary will educate many on the second part of Dr. Martin Luther King’s integration dream—the integration of the dollar, under the banner of “silver rights”—rights to financial literacy, access to capital, and equity of opportunity, for all.

The HOPE Inside model, created by Operation HOPE to provide no-cost financial literacy coaching and education to participants through the support of financial and corporate partners, is presented in the documentary as a mechanism of personal and community economic uplift for low and moderate-income youth and adults.

“Operation HOPE is extending Dr. King’s dream of financial inclusion by empowering individuals and communities with financial dignity with the help of partners like SunTrust and First Tennessee Bank,” said Ambassador Andrew Young. “I’m proud to see how Dr. King’s legacy continues on today in the cities like Memphis and Atlanta, and around the nation, more than 50 years later.”

First Tennessee Bank, member of the First Horizon National Corp. family of companies, and SunTrust Bank are partnering to host a special screening of the documentary on Nov. 19, 5-8 p.m. at the University Center Theatre at the University of Memphis. The free event is open to the public, but space is limited and reservations are requested. To register, visit www.thecolorofmoney.eventbrite.com.

A VIP screening of the documentary will be hosted by Hyatt at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta on Dec. 11, in the same hotel ballroom where the final annual gathering of Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was held prior to his assassination.

“Andrew Young Presents: The Color of Money” will air as follows:
Atlanta – Nov 11, 5 p.m.; Dec. 30, 5 p.m. – WSB-TV
Tampa – Nov. 25, 1 p.m. – WWSB-ABC
Charlotte – Nov. 18, 4 p.m. – WSOC-ABC
Memphis – Dec. 22; 3 p.m. – WHBQ-Fox
Chicago – Dec. 23, 1 p.m. – WPWR-TV

Check local listings for additional air dates/times.

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