Amscot Financial contributes mini-grants to 20 non-profit service groups


Tampa, FL – (October 22, 2018) – Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, recently awarded mini-grants of $100 to $3,500 to support 20 different non-profit service organizations located in the Florida communities where the company serves several million consumers.

“There are too many individuals out there facing steep challenges in life with very little help,” says Ian MacKechnie, Founder and CEO of Amscot Financial. “By supporting these organizations we’re able to pitch in and help change that.”

Mini-grants went to the following organizations:

  • Community Development Corporations of Tampa, Tampa. They provide education, counseling, housing opportunities and revitalize neighborhoods for low to moderate income households. For more information, please visit:
  • Cranberry Elementary School, Sarasota. They are a Title 1 school and are starting a school bike safety program and Bike Rodeo for the students. For more information, please visit:
  • The Florida Center for Early Childhood, Sarasota. They help build and foster strong families and expand the potential of young children. They operate the state’s only Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders Clinic. For more information, please visit:
  • Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Sarasota. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience offers a variety of age-appropriate, girl-led activities that are cooperative and hands-on, preparing girls to take on challenges big and small in their lives. The girls explore new fields of knowledge, learn valuable skills, and develop strong core values. For more information, please visit:
  • Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, Ocala. They strengthen communities, build hope, and provide dignified housing solutions through partnership and empowerment. For more information, please visit: 
  • Hillsborough Aging Services Department, Tampa. They coordinate essential health and wellness services for older adults to encourage maximum independence and prosperity with an emphasis on the seven dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental, and financial. For more information, please visit:
  • Lake Stevens Middle School Culinary Department, Miami Gardens. The students are trained as hosts, waiters, chefs, sous chefs, tablescape decorators, bus boys and parking attendants, absorbing knowledge that can help them in high school, college, and beyond. For more information, please visit:
  • The Make It Foundation, Pinellas County. They present scholarships to students that are incoming freshmen, graduate level who are in need and intend on pursing a post- secondary education.
  • Miami Gardens Police Department, Miami Gardens. “With Awareness there is Hope” is an event they hosted on Oct. 20th in an effort to bring awareness of domestic violence. For more information, please visit:
  • The National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA), Florida. Their goal is to assist community college African-American staff and students in navigating higher education career pathways and achieving success through attaining educational and employment goals. For more information, please visit:
  • PACE Center for Girls, Polk They have a program model that addresses the needs of girls and has garnered recognition nationally as one of the most effective programs in the country for keeping girls from entering the juvenile justice system. For more information, please visit:
  • Pasco Sheriff’s Charities, New Port Richey. They host a “Fishing for Families” charity tournament. The benefitting charities from this catch, photo, and release event are the Family Support Network, the Youth Outdoor and Environmental Program, and the Explorer program. For more information, please visit:
  • Pinellas Sheriff’s PAL, St. Petersburg. They provide mentoring, meals, academics and sports to at-risk youth. For more information, please visit:
  • Somebody Cares Tampa Bay, Clearwater. They provide outreach support to Tampa Bay Ministries who assist poverty-stricken families and the working poor. SCTB works in concert with local ministries to provide the basic necessities of life and to educate and develop healthy, self-sustaining communities, families and individuals. For more information, please visit:
  • Start off Smart, Inc., Homestead. They work collaboratively with the Homestead Police Department providing support services to victims of violence and family violence. For more information, please visit:
  • Special Olympics Florida, Florida. They provide year round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athlete or their caregiver, as a mean to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem and the life skills necessary to be productive, respected and contributing members of their community. For more information, please visit:
  • Tampa Fire Rescue Awards, Tampa. They are celebrating their 30th year banquet awards, where they will be honoring civilians, enforcement officers, EMS personnel and firefighters for their outstanding service throughout 2018. For more information, please visit:
  • The Unforgettable Prom Foundation, Ft. Lauderdale. For teens with cancer this is a celebration they often never attend. A Prom To Remember is an event that gives teens ages 12-19 an opportunity to celebrate their life and their youth in an environment of acceptance and camaraderie. For more information, please visit:
  • United Way of Pasco, Land O’ Lakes. They assist low-to-moderate income families with basic needs. They provide funding for utilities, rent, child care, shelter and car repairs. For more information, please visit:
  • Women’s Conference of Florida 2018, Tampa. The conference plays a critical role in convening women leaders from all over Florida and from all sectors of society, from Girl Scouts to financial management. The conference will touch on the most important issues facing women in our state. The women will have the opportunity to gain insights from some of our nation’s most accomplished women. It will address timely and relevant issues that impact women, both at work and at home. 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.