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


Tampa, FL – (June 22, 2015) – Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, contributed mini-grants of $250 to $1,000 in support of 12 different non-profit service organizations located in the Florida communities where the company serves several million consumers.

“Helping others is important to all of us at Amscot, that’s why we continue to partner with those organizations who work hard to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most,” said Ian MacKechnie, Founder and CEO of Amscot Financial.

Ian MacKechnie presents donation to Community Development
Ian MacKechnie presents donation to Girls Empowered
Ian MacKechnie presents donation to Easter Seals

Mini-grants went to the following organizations:

  • Easter Seals Florida, Inc., Orlando.  Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. The Murray Child Development Center is an inclusive child development center for infants through preschool. Their educators are committed to meeting the needs of students (with and without disabilities) through the use of specialized approaches and instruction to prepare preschoolers for entry into the school system or to support current students to succeed at their highest level. With a focus on reaching developmental milestones through hands-on learning, services are provided in a natural environment to promote growth and success.  For more information, please visit:

  • Fraternal Order of Police District 6 Miami-Dade County, Miami. Amscot is sponsoring their drive edition of “Say No to Drugs and Youth Violence” to eliminate substance abuse and youth violence in the community.  It addresses the causes and prevention techniques that will aid in making and keeping our community a safe place to live, play, work and prosper.

  • Girls Empowered Mentally For Success, Tampa. They work with at risk girls, foster care, poverty, and parent homes. Currently GEMS programs are administered to girls in partnership with the Hillsborough County School district, Tampa Housing Authority, as well as a neighborhood site serving elementary schools. Girls are encouraged to participate in community outreach projects, goal setting activities, healthy lifestyle challenges, and etiquette training. For more information, please visit:

  • MAN UP Mentoring, Inc., Orlando. Their mission is to continually improve the quality of life for at-risk male youth by providing educational, mentoring and social services that will equip young men to lead inspiring lives.  In an effort to enhance human and environmental sustainability, they planted the Washington Shores Community Garden in September 2014 and donated 100% of their harvest to underserved residents in January 2015. For more information, please email: [email protected]

  • New Beginnings of Tampa, Tampa. New Beginnings of Tampa provides Transitional Housing to homeless Foster Care youths. Youths are eligible to stay at their shelter for up to one year. Youths are provided supportive services to help them regain stability and self-sufficiency and reintegrated back into society as viable citizens. They serve well over 50 youths per year through their transitional housing program. For more information, please visit:

  • Orange County School Readiness Coalition, Inc., Orlando. The Mission of the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County is to provide unified leadership, support and guidance to ensure that the children of our community have the opportunity to reap the benefits of developmentally appropriate, research-based school readiness and VPK programs, respecting the role of the parent as their child’s first teacher. For more information, please visit:

  • Police Athletic League, Jacksonville. The purpose of the State of Florida Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, Incorporated is to assist local member chapters by providing coordination, training and programs that enhance the lives of the youth of Florida.  For more information, please visit:

  • Saddle Up Riding Club-LEAP Program, Pinellas Park. Saddle Up Riding Club offers therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults with disabilities and veterans.. A new program offered is LEAP: Life skills, Education, Agriculture and Purpose. This program works with the higher functioning high school age and up, we have learned to groom horses, take care of small animals, planted a garden as well as arts and crafts. For more information, please visit

  • South Dade Weed and Seed, Inc., Homestead. They focus on serving low socio-economic communities in need of strategies to improve the area in which they live. Youth are their primary target population. Improving educational necessities/needs, social skill, healthy attitudes and civic engagement are what they strive to succeed in. For more information, please visit:

  • The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project, Melbourne. The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to promote awareness and facilitate support of parents caring for their children with special health care needs, and to enhance the Quality-of-Life for these special families. For more information, please visit:

  • University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc., Tampa. Their mission is children and family development, crime prevention and commerce growth. Its primary focus is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding the Tampa Campus of the University of South Florida. For more information, please visit:

  • VCSC Charity Committee Inc., Daytona Beach. Amscot is sponsoring the 1st Annual Motorcycle Skills Challenge event.  The event will take place September 17th -19th, 2015. The event goal is to raise money for the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch & Concerns of Police Survivors. For more information, please visit: