Athene USA Partners with Operation HOPE to Champion
Financial Empowerment at BISA 2020 Convention


Attendees encouraged to “pull a block for HOPE” to support the work of financial dignity
and empowerment nonprofit, Operation HOPE


ATLANTA – March 6, 2020 – Operation HOPE, a non-profit that provides financial literacy
education and coaching to Americans of all ages, is pleased to announce it received a $12,000
donation from Athene USA (“Athene”), a leading provider of retirement savings products. The
donation was made as part of Athene’s presence during the 2020 Bank Insurance & Securities
Association (BISA) convention and marked the second year of Athene’s partnership with
Operation HOPE.


The majority of Americans in underserved communities live without financial opportunity, many
in a generational cycle of poverty. Athene partnered with Operation HOPE to spotlight a critical
issue in America – the lack of financial knowledge, which is at the core of generational poverty.
When the conference participants arrived at Athene’s booth, they were encouraged to
“pull a block for HOPE” as part of an oversized Jenga game feature to support the nonprofit’s mission.
When participants who successfully removed a block with a dollar amount, Athene pledged to
donate that amount of money to Operation HOPE.


“We are grateful for Athene’s support for our mission and honored that our work was highlighted
at the BISA convention again this year,” said Mary Ehrsam, President of Partnerships, Operation
HOPE. “This support will allow us to extend our impact in communities across the country.
Athene continues to support us in a creative way that goes beyond routine community service,
which helps us extend the exposure of our mission. We are very grateful for the donation and


Each participant received an Operation HOPE lapel pin. The symbolic red arrow depicted in the
pin’s design represents the journey to a more secure financial future. This brand element is
used to illustrate the transformative mindset of HOPE and the personal and community
uplift that Operation HOPE empowers.


“Athene is committed to supporting and advocating for causes that help people of all ages better
secure their financial future,” said Rod Mims, SVP of National Sales at Athene. “Our
commitment to community is an integral part of our core values. The partnership with Operation
HOPE at the BISA conference gave us an opportunity to further their mission to empower adults
and youth with the tools of financial knowledge to help create a secure future.”


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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 youth and adults 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: Follow
Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationHOPE


About Athene USA


Athene USA is a subsidiary of Athene Holding Ltd, a leading retirement services company that
had total assets of $146.9 billion as of December 31, 2019. Athene USA is an Iowa-domiciled
corporation that serves as the U.S. holding company for Athene’s annuity operations in the
United States. Headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, Athene USA serves customers in all
50 states, and through its predecessor companies, has been serving American consumers for
more than 100 years. Further information about Athene can be found at