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The Global Leader in Financial Dignity
The mission of Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) is silver rights empowerment, making free enterprise work for everyone. We accomplish this through our work on the ground as the nonprofit private banker for the working poor, the underserved and struggling middle class. We achieve our mission by being the best-in-class provider of financial literacy empowerment for youth, financial capability for communities, and ultimately, financial dignity for all.
- Our Banking on Our Future division focuses on keeping the most at risk youth from repeating the cycles of poverty and despair that has trapped so many in their families and communities by teaching them basic financial literacy, or what we call "the global language of money."
- Our HOPE Business In A Box / Gallup HOPE Index division focuses on inspiring a generation of young people to become future American assets of economic energy, small business and entrepreneurship.
- Our HOPE Inside give clients the resources to improve their financial situations. Through our 700 Credit Scores Initiative, we approve clients as soon as they seek assistance, commit to the resolution of primary credit denial factors, and work to raise credit scores on average 120 points over 18 months of active counseling.
- Our HOPE Coalition America division is a national partner of FEMA addressing financial disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. HCA responded to and served more than 200,000 Hurricane Katrina survivors and is currently responding to assist survivors of Hurricane Sandy.
- Our HOPE Global Initiatives is HOPE's international division focused on the global expansion of financial dignity and empowerment for youth and families throughout the world. HGI advises, develops and implements financial dignity programs that promote a peaceful, sustainable global economy. HOPE currently operates in nine provinces in South Africa and has partnership offices in Saudi Arabia and Morocco.
- HOPE Government Relations & Public Policy, along with HOPE Forums, advance responsible public policy and help to shape engaged public opinion. The recent HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit featured US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, boasted more than 1,500 delegates from 30 countries, and was covered by 50 major media outlets.
Since its inception in 1992, HOPE has served more than 2.5 million individuals. HOPE has also directed more than $1.8 billion in private capital to America's low-wealth communities, maintains a growing army of 22,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, and currently serves more than 300 U.S. cities, as well as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates.
Operation HOPE also operates the HOPE Inside Atlanta at Ebenezer Church
, located on the campus of the King Center and as the anchor tenant of the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resource Complex. Martin Luther King, Sr, or "Daddy King" as he was called, co-pastored Ebenezer Church with his son Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement, and served on the board of a bank for 40-years; a little known fact. Daddy King was also focused on making free enterprise work for all, as his son was focused in the last years of his life on poverty eradication and economic justice.