Amscot Financial contributes mini-grants to 19 non-profit service groups


Tampa, FL – (December 1, 2015) – Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, recently awarded mini-grants of $100 to $1,500 in support of 19 different non-profit service organizations located in the Florida communities where the company serves several million consumers.

"We want to make a positive impact on the communities we serve and partnering with key organizations helps us to achieve that." says Ian MacKechnie, Founder and CEO of Amscot Financial. 

Mini-grants went to the following organizations:

  • American Cancer Society, Melbourne.  The Relay for Life is a program of the American Cancer Society that raises funds for the fight against cancer. This is a community event that celebrates life, remembers those who we have lost to cancer, and fights back! This mini-grant gives to the 2016 Relay for Life of Melbourne/Eau Gallie. For more information, please visit:
  • Big Brother Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Venice. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one to one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more information, please visit:
  • Blossom Montessori School of the Deaf, Clearwater. The Classroom Partners Program raises funds for classroom supplies, teaching aids, supplies for special projects and science experiments, iPad apps, and eBooks for their Nooks.  For more information, please visit:
  • The Children's Home, Inc., Tampa. The Children's Home provides a safe, nurturing environment for children from 6-17 who have been abused, abandoned and neglected and have nowhere else to turn. The home provides mental health services to help the child overcome the effects of abuse and neglect, educational programs to help the child stay on pace in school, and activity programs to develop a healthy lifestyle. For more information, please visit:
  • City of Apopka, Apopka. The City of Apopka administration and the Apopka Police Department are promoting youth pedestrian safety. The Mayor and the Apopka Police Department celebrated National Walk to School Month. For more information, please visit:
  • City of Orange City, Orange City. Orange City hosts annual fall and winter activities including Orange City’s Halloween Block Party and their upcoming Christmas Village. For more information, please visit:
  • Dress for Success Greater Orlando, Winter Park. Dress for Success is a global not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. By empowering women, the organization helps to sustain families/children and grow communities. For more information, please visit:
  • Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc., Sarasota. Girl Scouts provides the premier leadership development program for girls in grades K-12, inspiring them to achieve personal and academic success now while preparing for the careers or life journeys they choose in the future.  Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place For more information, please visit:
  • Hernando Adult Education, Brooksville. For the last 29 years they have been committed to hosting an annual reading festival for PreK - 5th grade students of Hernando County. Each year between 500-1100 individuals attend the event, which includes access to a variety of literacy themed activities, authors, and great entertainment.  For more information, please visit:
  • Improvement League of Plant City, Plant City. The Plant City Forensic Science Club engages youth middle/high school ages in the field of criminal forensic science. Since its inception 2 years ago, 8 youth participants have been recognized for highly skilled knowledge as a result of attending several forensic academy conferences held in the State of Florida. For more information, please visit
  • Lake County Schools - Title I Department, Tavares. They hosted a resource fair for homeless students and their families.  They have over 2,400 students coded homeless every year and specifically invite them to attend with their parents and siblings. For more information, please visit:   
  • PACE Center for Girls, Jacksonville. The PACE Center for Girls is a nationally recognized and research based model that features a balanced emphasis on academics and social services with a focus on the future for middle and high-school aged girls and young women. For more information, please visit:    
  • Pinellas County Sheriff’s Police Athletic League, St. Petersburg. PAL’s mission is to provide positive activities for at risk youth in Pinellas County. For more information, please visit:    
  • The Police Officer Assistance Trust, Miami. POAT is dedicated to providing financial relief to law enforcement officers and their families in crisis situations as well as long term hardships due to death, disability or illness. For more information, please visit:
  • Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society, Inc., Longwood. They provide free legal assistance to the economically disadvantaged, elderly, disabled, and physically abused in their community. Through the efforts of their staff, pro bono attorneys, volunteers, and community partners they have helped change many lives for the better by helping them to obtain financial stability. For more information, please visit:
  • Seminole VFW 9272 Ladies Auxiliary, Seminole. They provide meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas to needy military families along with gifts for their children at Christmas. For more information, please visit:     
  • Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education/Florida Press Educational Services, Inc., Tampa. The Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program (NIE) is a cooperative effort between schools and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times to encourage the use of newspapers as an educational resource – a “living textbook.” NIE provides Tampa Bay-area schools with free class sets of the Times plus award-winning original educational publications, teacher guides, lesson plans, educator workshops and many more resources. For more information, please visit:    
  • Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan Inc., Tampa. Their mission is to provide result driven programs that meet the economic, educational, health, housing, and social needs of urban and rural residents who experience challenges in accessing mainstream resources.   For more information, please visit:     
  • Toys for Tots, Punta Gorda. In 2014 they provided over 30,000 toys to 7,800 underprivileged children from 2,200 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 239 retail financial service centers throughout Florida and employs about 1,800 employees. 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). For more information on Amscot’s products and services, community involvement, and career opportunities, please visit the company’s website at