Amscot Financial contributes mini-grants to 12 non-profit service groups


Tampa, FL – (August 24, 2018) – Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, recently awarded mini-grants of $250 to $3,000 in support of 12 different non-profit service organizations located in the Florida communities where the company serves several million consumers.

“At Amscot, we want to be more than just a good business. We want to be a neighbor that stays involved in the community,” says Ian MacKechnie, Founder and CEO of Amscot Financial. “Helping local organizations is a good way to do that.

Mini-grants went to the following organizations:

  • AMIkids Tampa Inc, Tampa. They have been providing education and prevention services to young men ages 11-17 in the Tampa Bay area since 1971. Their combination of counseling, educational, and treatment services, known as the AMIkids Personal Growth Model©, provides a comprehensive, long-term approach to reintegrating youth into the local community. The nationally regarded model is built around the “kids-first” philosophy; focusing on consistently creating positive opportunities for kids to ensure their success. For more information, please visit:
  • Belmont Heights Little League Inc, Tampa. They are the most successful Little League program in the United States, with more championships than any other program. BHLL was founded in the middle of low income government project housing in 1968.  They are a top producer of Professional and College athletes and have been inclusive and non-discriminating. For more information, please visit:
  • Camaraderie Foundation, Orlando. Their mission is “to provide healing for the invisible wounds of war through counseling, emotional and spiritual support for all branches of Military Service members, Veterans and their families.” Since 2009, they have provided over 1,000 veterans and/or families with free counseling assistance and served over 6,000 Service members, Veterans and their families through outreach events, the Mentor Leadership Program and counseling. They’ve partnered with numerous community agencies to bring awareness and education about the critical issue of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the devastating impact of invisible wounds of war on Military families. For more information, please visit:
  • Dress for Success Tampa Bay, Tampa. They promote the economic independence of women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. They service women who are referred by more than 200 organizations, including domestic violence agencies, homeless shelters and job-training programs. For more information, please visit:
  • Eta Nu Education Foundation, Pembroke Pines. They provide young males with the guidance and support needed to reach their full potential by developing the necessary skills to be successful. For more information, please visit:
  • Leesburg Police Department's National Night Out, Leesburg. On October 2nd, 2018, they will host Leesburg’s National Night Out. It is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, by promoting involvement in crime prevention activities to make neighborhoods safer and a better place to live. National Night Out provides a great opportunity to bring police, community service providers, and neighbors together under positive circumstances. For more information, please visit:
  • The Miami Police Athletic League, Miami. They foster a positive relationship between the Miami Police Department and the youth of the City of Miami through educational activities, athletics and mentorship. They offer a safe and healthy environment for its youth, allowing them to develop academically, socially, mentally and physically. Through positive interactions and mentoring, they provide the youth with tools they need in order to achieve a successful future. For more information, please visit:
  • Mount Dora Police Department National Night Out, Mount Dora. This is a community effort event in which they promote crime prevention, safety, and community involvement. For more information, please visit:
  • The Patrick Brett Foundation, St. Petersburg. The Foundation was named in memory of Patrick Brett, a University of Florida student and St. Petersburg resident who was ambitious, a leader among his peers, and one who believed in others. Creating the foundation and scholarship in his name is a tribute to Patrick’s vision that all can achieve no matter what obstacles one may face. Today the foundation works with St. Petersburg College to support students who need a “Fresh Start” or a do-over. For more information, please visit:
  • Police Athletic League of Davie Inc., Davie. Their program is designed to bridge the gap between youth and the Police Dept. through educational and athletic activities.  They have an event every year that raises money for such programs. Their triathlon is in its 5th season with two races per year. The event consists of a run, bike, and swimming race starting with kids from four years old all the way to adults over 70 years old. For more information, please visit:
  • RCS Pinellas, Clearwater. Their mission is to feed the hungry, help families facing homelessness return to self-sufficiency and empower survivors of domestic violence.  They serve 130,000 men, women and children, provide 3.7 million pounds of food, 550 individuals with temporary housing, serves 17,000 individuals through RCS Outreach Center, provide shelter to over 250 women and children and 11 families with long-term affordable housing annually. For more information, please visit:
  • Walk On Cancer Support Group, Inc., Palm Coast. They provide support, encouragement, information and resources to cancer survivors. They meet monthly for support, providing information to the newly diagnosed, and dinners to those too sick to take care of themselves. Gift cards are given for gas, groceries and restaurants to help ease the burden of the extra financial strain placed upon families. For more information, please visit:
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., Amscot Financial is a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, including cash advances, check cashing, bill payment, money transfers, prepaid access cards and money orders. Amscot Financial currently operates 236 retail financial service centers throughout Florida and employs close to 2,000 associates. Amscot Financial has been recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as one of Tampa Bay’s Best Places to Work for five years (2008-2012) & was recently named as one of Americas’ Best Midsize Employers by Forbes. For more information on Amscot’s products and services, community involvement, and career opportunities, please visit the company’s website at