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For far too many Americans, true financial freedom has been impossible.

Our mission is to advance economic opportunity by providing the tools they need to reach their goals. We help individuals of all ages by offering financial education, one-on-one coaching, courses on credit score improvement, as well as pathways toward homeownership and starting a business.

The cycle of struggling to get by each month has dominated kitchen tables and the desks of small business owners for generations. It is more than just “pulling yourself up by the bootstraps”—it is about knowing how to navigate a financial system that requires knowledge, experience and expertise in order to generate economic security for families and business, and to pass that on to our children.

Expanding economic opportunity for all.

Operation HOPE has a broad array of individualized services that level the playing field by offering customized one-on-one programs for youth, adults, and disaster survivors—on their own or through their employers—to equip them with the financial knowledge and tools they need to create a more secure future – all at no cost.

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One of the Best Decisions of My Life

“Working with my HOPE small business coach helped me start my own business. My coach encouraged me to think “outside the box” and capitalize on my passions and strengths. I learned how to create a business plan which provided a strategy for starting my business, gave me insights on what steps to take, and identified the resources I needed to achieve my business goals.”

– Lakaisha R

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Hear from HOPE clients on how their lives changed.

"I have a renewed sense of purpose"
“I’m glad I didn’t give up.”
“I’m no longer defined by one mistake.”
“I feel like I have a new life.”

building a more inclusive and equitable economic future. View HOPE’s 2022 Annual Report.

Latest Events & News

See what's happening with Operation HOPE around the country.

Operation HOPE and Clark Atlanta University Host ChatGPT Creator and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman to Discuss the Future of Artificial Intelligence in the Black Community Notice: Undefined variable: searchPage in /files/cache/c384de0a9a1e6325cabf9569fc957ef138cdf68c.php on line 11

Altman engages with Atlanta’s Black business leaders, public officials and HBCU students ATLANTA (May 15, 2023) – Operation HOPE recently partnered with Clark Atlanta University (CAU) to host two events …

Fast Company Awards Operation HOPE’s 1 Million Black Business Initiative with ‘World Changing Ideas’ Award

Innovative program continues to create new Black-owned businesses by providing tools and resources in historically underserved communities ATLANTA (May 2, 2023) – Operation HOPE, the nation’s leading non-profit in financial …

Operation HOPE CEO John Hope Bryant joins Clark Atlanta University and PNC for National Center for Entrepreneurship Launch

Bryant, as First Entrepreneur in Residence at Clark Atlanta University’s School of Business, commits to supporting aspiring HBCU entrepreneurs ATLANTA  (April 17, 2023) — Clark Atlanta University’s (CAU) School of …

Operation HOPE and City of Atlanta Highlight Innovative Child Savings Program During ‘Year of the Youth’ Initiative

Data outcomes prove positive impact on children and families in need ATLANTA – February 2, 2023 – Operation HOPE, Inc., the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to financial empowerment for underserved …

Making an Impact

Operation HOPE impacts the lives of thousands every year.
Here are some of the ways we've helped clients change their lives for the better in 2023
*Average improvement in FICO score
In loans funded
Average decrease in debt

*Average FICO Score Increase for HOPE clients who saw some positive change

Transforming lives through our individualized programs.

For 30 years, Operation HOPE has helped millions of individuals increase their financial security, understanding [knowledge], and access to resources with U.S. government certified trainers—all free of charge. We have helped check-cashing customers become banking customers, lifelong renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into business owners and minimum wage workers into empowered consumers.

4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Operation HOPE is proud to receive its 8th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for 2020. The highest possible rating indicates HOPE adheres to sector best practices, executes its mission in a financially effective manner and is committed to accountability and transparency. Only 7% of charities rated have received at least 7 consecutive 4 stars, indicating that Operation HOPE outperforms most other charities in America.

Taking Action

Join us in our mission to bring financial opportunity to all.

We are always looking for people who are willing to join us and help fight for economic equality for everyone. We need mentors, volunteers, partners and donations to bring our mission to life.

Here are some of the ways you can help:

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Founder, Chairman, and CEO

John Hope Bryant

John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, best selling author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on economic empowerment and financial dignity. John’s work has been recognized by five past U.S. presidents, and he has served as an advisor to three U.S. presidents.

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