Operation HOPE is a for-purpose organization working to disrupt poverty and empower inclusion for low and moderate-income youth and adults.

Our focus is financial dignity and inclusion. We equip young people and adults with the financial tools and education to secure a better future—coaching them through their personal aspirations and life’s challenges, and facilitating their journey to financial independence.

Since 1992, we have been moving America from civil rights to “silver rights” with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved.

Our mission connects the legacy of the Freedman’s Bank, established by President Abraham Lincoln more than 150 years ago to integrate all Americans into our nation’s economic life, and 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.

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. It includes educating five million youth through financial dignity programs, empowering one million youth through entrepreneurial and career-building programs, establishing 1,000 HOPE Inside locations, and facilitating HOPE 700-Credit-Score-Communities across the nation.

HOW WE WORK

We partner with financial institutions, corporations, municipal agencies, and community organizations to deliver HOPE Inside—our award-winning model of community uplift that has allowed us to scale, and sustainably package and deliver, financial dignity and economic empowerment programming in communities around the country, at no cost to the client. The client experience at HOPE Inside is rooted in empowerment. 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.

Clients are counseled on the language of money and work with Operation HOPE financial wellbeing coaches to transform established financial mindsets, and to develop customized action plans around building their own businesses, raising their credit scores, buying homes, or simply making better decisions with the money they have. Every HOPE Inside holds consumer credit counseling certification, CFPB, FDIC, U.S. SBA, EITC, HUD, and FEMA applications and partnerships. Through the HOPE-700-Credit-Score-Communities initiative, the focus on raising client credit scores to 700 is at the foundation of all HOPE Inside programming.

Our Partners

HOPE Global Spokesman

“The work of Operation HOPE is continuing the work of the civil rights movement. Dr. King and a whole host of others succeeded in integrating the lunch counter but we failed to integrate the dollar.”

Andrew Young is co-founding Principal and Chairman at GoodWorks International. His work includes facilitating the formation of successful business partnerships, putting corporate executives in contact with leaders and influencers in emerging markets. He also offers strategic advice to corporations and advises several governments on sound policy-making.

Ambassador Young’s life-long mission of energizing the private sector to advance economic development was honed during comprehensive leadership experience in the public sector and private industry. His diverse background provides clients with a uniquely qualified advisor with a global perspective on business expansion. Ambassador Young has served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations and Co-Chair of the Atlanta Committee for the Centennial Olympic Games. He served two terms as Mayor of Atlanta, one of the fastest growing cities in the world. He was elected Congressman three times and is a leading figure in the civil rights movement. Ambassador Young currently serves on the board of several Fortune 500 companies and was appointed by President Bill Clinton to Chair the Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund. He is on the National Security Council Advisory Board and remains active in numerous charitable activities and organizations. Ambassador Young has received many awards and honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the French Legion of Honor, the Bishop Walker Humanitarian Award, and over 60 honorary degrees from prestigious universities around the world.

HOPE Board of Directors

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