A Message from our CEO

Financial Literacy is the key to freedom.

It is, however, a freedom that many people never realize. President Lincoln and Frederick Douglass tried to ensure that financial literacy was embedded into the fabric of the United States by founding the Freedman’s Bank in 1865. But their work is still unfinished!

Operation HOPE launched The 1865 Project to facilitate growth, scale, and innovation so that we can effect greater systemic change by promoting financial literacy in America.

Help us expand economic freedom.

Join The 1865 Project as an Individual. Or inquire about our invitation only Corporate membership!



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Your Support Enables Us to Grow and Scale

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been uplifting individuals, families and communities through financial literacy and economic empowerment programs, having served more than 4 million individuals and directed more than $4 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities.
All of our services are provided at no-cost to our clients. Thanks to the generous support of partners and donors like you, we are turning check-cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, and uncertain disaster victims into financially empowered disaster survivors. As more and more Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, the need for our services continues to grow.

By the Numbers: Your Contributions at Work

Our impact data demonstrates that our proprietary coaching programs – at work, in schools and in the community – are helping to change lives. We’re significantly moving credit scores, increasing savings, reducing debt and creating wealth by putting people into homes and creating entrepreneurs and small business owners.



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What does Membership in the 1865 Project support?

  • Expanded financial literacy programs for children, teenagers, and young adults
  • Increased financial coaching and services for non-English speaking populations
  • Improved technology platforms to deliver financial literacy programs and resources to hard-to-reach communities
  • Innovative HOPE research to help us determine community needs and how we can best serve our clients
  • We will continue to amplify your voice in the board room, in government offices, in media, and with community leaders

Join the movement and help spread hope today!

“Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes.”

Join The 1865 Project as an Individual. Or inquire about our invitation only Corporate membership!