30 Years of HOPE:
The History of Operation HOPE
U.S. Small Business Administration revises and renews strategic alliance with HOPE to include 1MBB programing for small businesses
U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation launches new collaboration with Operation HOPE to incorporate an extension of financial education activity with HOPE’s 1MBB and Small Business Programs.
FICO joins Mastercard, BlackRock, TIME for Kids, Nextdoor, US Bank, Santander, Truist and First Horizon Bank along with FL4A founding members Walmart, Disney, NFL, NBA, Delta Air Lines, Walgreens, Bank of America, Khan Academy and Ares Management as part of this first-of-its-kind coalition. FICO’s involvement complements FL4A’s existing efforts to promote greater financial well-being among American working adults and young people.
Operation HOPE announced that Robinhood Markets is the first company to sign onto its Investors’ Bill of Rights.
Operation HOPE launches the Financial Literacy for All movement in partnership with CEO’s of companies such as Walmart, Delta Air Lines, the NBA and NFL, Walgreens, Bank of America, and Disney to infuse this initiative in their business plans for the next 10 years to help people with financial literacy and generational wealth.
“Third Reconstruction: A 3-Point plan to make Financial Literacy the Civil Issue of this Generation” published in the Milken Review.
Operation HOPE announced its Investors’ Bill of Rights to address the greater need for individual investor protections. The Investors’ Bill of Rights was created by Operation HOPE’s Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant, with input from a variety of organizations and leaders in the US financial markets.
Twitter agrees to invest $100 million in lenders promoting racial equality by reinvesting interest it earns from loans into Operation HOPE.
Established the HOPE Global Advisory Board with preeminent corporate and social leaders.
John Hope Bryant and Operation HOPE receive Key to the City from Mayor of Columbus, Ga and Congressional Recognition at keynote for Columbus Urban League.
HOPE’s 100th location opened in Baltimore, Maryland, in partnership with The Columbia Bank to deliver Operation HOPE’s core programming to residents of Baltimore and communities in the surrounding area.
U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and Operation HOPE signed a MOU designed to provide U.S. minority business enterprises (MBEs) with greater opportunities to access technical and financial resources.
U.S. Treasury Department, U.S. National Archives, and Operation HOPE host the first Freedman’s Bank Legacy Forum commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Freedman’s Bank
Former President Bill Clinton is keynote speaker at the HOPE Global Forum.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Operation HOPE Sign a Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Financial Education.
The U.S. Small Business Administration and Operation HOPE signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum to encourage entrepreneurship and economic empowerment for small business owners.
Bryant’s work in financial literacy was recognized by the Emirates Foundation in the United Arab Emirates. The new Esref Sah (Spend Wisely) Personal Finance curriculum, which features Bryant’s personal life story, likeness and image, is a UAE wide partnership between the Emirates Foundation and Operation HOPE that seeks to boost youth financial literacy skills and confidence, as well as encouraging personal financial dignity through role modeling.
President Obama creates the President’s Advisory Council For Financial Capability For Young Americans
President Obama creates the President’s Advisory Council For Financial Capability For Young Americans. John Bryant serves as a founding member.
Operation HOPE has been a “financial education best practice” on behalf of the USA highlighted in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Global Money Week 10 Years Of Celebrations since 2013.
Casablanca Stock Exchange (CSE) and Wikipedia Founder and Wikia Co-Founder Jimmy Wale, partner with Operation HOPE to launch the first international financial literacy empowerment tool, the Wikia-Operation HOPE Global Money Initiative (Global Money).
Operation HOPE and Bryant received the Andrew Goodman Foundation, Hidden Heroes Award for 2010 in Harlem, New York, presented by the brother of Andrew Goodman himself. The award and foundation is named after one of three brave young men who gave their lives in support of the civil rights movement of the 20th century in America.
U.S. Education Department White House Initiative On HBCUs creates MOU with Operation HOPE around financial education for HBCU collegiate students.
U.S. Small Business Administration launches the Office Of Entrepreneurship Education. Operation HOPE becomes a national alliance partner.
U.S. Peace Corps forms partnership with Operation HOPE to empower South African Youth and Women to develop their own financial future.
U.S. Small Business Administration National Small Business Week recognized Operation HOPE and John Bryant for superior financial inclusion work.
At the request of Chairman Bryant and Operation HOPE, U.S. President George W. Bush, Treasury Secretary Paulson, Education Secretary Spellings, HUD Secretary Jackson, U.S. Treasurer Cabral and 6 financial literacy experts in the Roosevelt Room of the White House for a first-ever Presidential meeting on financial literacy in America.
Operation HOPE becomes a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Operation HOPE signs memorandum with American Red Cross to vertically integrate HOPE Coalition America’s emergency disaster preparedness, response and recovery work with ARC’s critical response work.
A provisional change in the federal Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) law, at the request of Chairman Bryant and Operation HOPE, allowing and authorizing “credit for emergency disaster financial counseling” under CRA for thrifts (OTS approved) and state and federally chartered banks (OCC and FDIC approved), for all victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita, irrespective of income or location throughout the nation.
President Bush’s USA Freedom Corps announces partnership with Operation HOPE Citizen Corps and Volunteers For Prosperity with a focus on a Financial Literacy corps.
Operation HOPE’s founder and CEO served as a featured speaker on behalf of Operation HOPE, Inc. for the first ever-national conference of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community-Based Initiatives, on two separate panels, namely “Community Development Successful Partnerships” and the “Foundations and Corporations Forum.”
The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), now an official federal government document (FEMA document #532) was created and became available to all Americans, at no cost.
Operation HOPE and U.S. Veteran Affairs signs MOU around financial education for veterans.
A memorandum of agreement was signed with the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, creating a partnership to educate the whole family in economic literacy.
In response to 9/11, HOPE Coalition America (HCA) was established as America’s “economic Red Cross.”