$1 Million in K-12 Support and Counting: ‘Just a Dollar’ at a Time with Amscot Financial 10th Annual Campaign


Over the past nine years, Amscot customers and the company have combined to raise more than $1 million for local education foundations in the counties that Amscot serves. 

Tampa, FL – (July 29, 2015) – Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, announces the launch of its tenth annual “Just a Dollar” campaign, designed to raise funds for school district-wide local education foundations in the 20 Florida counties where Amscot has branches.

Beginning Saturday, August 1, and continuing throughout the month of August, Amscot Financial associates will ask each customer if they would like to voluntarily contribute a dollar to the local education foundation affiliated with their public school district. Amscot will track each donation by county so contributions will directly impact classrooms, students and teachers in the communities where they are made.   Amscot will match the first $10,000 in overall contributions.

Customer contributions and Amscot matches over the past nine years have added up to $1,035,172 with funds distributed to local education foundations via the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF), a Gainesville-based umbrella organization.

Funds raised on behalf of Florida’s county-wide education foundations are used to support reading, classroom grant and scholarship programs, said Mary Chance, CFEF president.

“Amscot has proven to be a significant partner for many of our local education foundations around the state of Florida,” Chance said. “These non-profit organizations serve as conduits for private-sector investment in education. Our foundations focus their funding on areas not provided for by tax dollars and when school budgets fall short, whether that is one-on-one help for struggling students or helping a motivated teacher to provide enrichment experiences for her students. ”

Chance credits Amscot for making a continuing commitment to local education foundations.  “Year after year, Amscot encourages everyone to support education in their community. It’s an outstanding way to generate more investment in our local schools.”

“We were thrilled to surpass the $1 Million mark in total support last year,” said Ian MacKechnie, founder and CEO of Amscot Financial.  “This campaign really resonates with both our customers and our employees, many of whom have children in local public schools. It’s a powerful example of the ‘crowd sourcing’ phenomenon of community investment, one customer and one dollar at a time.”

Founded in 1989, Amscot Financial employs nearly 2,000 associates who work at retail branches throughout the state and at the corporate headquarters in Tampa.

Amscot Financial’s service centers are open seven days a week, typically Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Select Amscot locations are open 24 hours a day. The company currently operates retail locations in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee, Sarasota, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, Brevard, Marion, Citrus, Flagler, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.