Amscot Financial contributes mini-grants to 14 non-profit service groups


Tampa, FL – (August 14, 2015) – Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, contributed school supplies or mini-grants of $110 to $2,500 in support of 14 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 check to HCSO
Ian MacKechnie presents check to Tampa Bay WAVE

Mini-grants went to the following organizations:

  • Angel Share, Palmetto Bay.  Their mission is to inspire children as young as 3 to develop and execute simple projects to help families in need. Angel Share is completely volunteer based with no-paid employees, and all donations are distributed or used to help local children and their families in need. One of their goals is to nurture young philanthropists and leaders while building strong communication skills, empathy, self-esteem and generosity. For more information, please visit:
  • Build a Better Tomorrow, North Miami Beach. Dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families in need,  one child, one family at a time… with donated food, with counseling on the consequences of malnutrition and providing a food bank for the underprivileged. For more information, please visit:
  • CFECF- Colin’s Dream Park, Orange City. Colin’s Dream Park is a non-profit organization in memory of Colin Anderson, a twelve year old boy who lost his life skateboarding the streets of Orange City in February 2013, in effort to build a skate park for the community and keep their kids safe. For more information, please visit:
  • Children’s Advocacy Center Osceola, Kissimmee. Serves the most vulnerable children: victims of child abuse and neglect. The mission is to reduce trauma and promote healing for child abuse victims.  For more information, please visit:
  • Equipping Children and Families for Success, Bradenton. They are distributing backpacks, school supplies, teacher supplies, clean shoes and clothes for children in Title 1 schools in our area.  Bayshore Elementary, Daughtery Elementary and an additional Middle school will receive these supplies at the beginning of the school year. For more information, please visit:
  • Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches and HCSO Charities Inc., Live Oak. The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch is paramount in preventing delinquency and developing strong, lawful, resilient, and productive citizens, who will make a positive contribution to our communities for years to come.  For more information, please visit:
  • Impower, Orlando. A mental health and child well-being organization dedicated to empowering the lives of those in need by offering personal attention, counseling, assistance and inspiration to help them reach their full potential and achieve individual success. Their “Back to School Tools" drive provides items such as paper, pencils, crayons, scissors, markers, and binders all packed in a nice, new backpack. For more information, please visit:
  • Marion County 4-H Association, Ocala. Their mission is to create supportive environments for youth to reach their fullest potential. Youth ages 5-18 can become involved in 4-H through joining a local club or special-interest group, enrolling in a camp or by participating in a 4-H school enrichment program. For more information, please visit:
  • PACE, Center for Girls, Inc. Orange, Winter Park. PACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. For more information, please visit:
  • Tampa Bay WaVe Inc., Tampa. Start Up Youth provides area high school students hands on and real world application working with local technology start up organizations as well as local executives to grow, build and launch their innovative idea. For more information, please visit  
  • Tiny Hands Foundation, Sarasota. A non-profit foundation benefiting underprivileged children and families in Sarasota, Manatee, and Desoto Counties has announced the 2nd Annual Back-to-School Backpack Brigade that will  benefit  thousands of community school children in need. For more information, please visit:
  • The Florida Center for Early Childhood, Sarasota. The Florida Center provides prevention and early intervention services to young children and their families at risk for academic, social, and economic failure. For more information, please visit:
  • Wheelchairs 4 Kids, Tarpon Springs. They are dedicated to improving the lives of children with physical disabilities by providing wheelchairs, home and vehicle modifications as well as other assistive and therapeutic devices with no cost to the families. For more information, please visit:  
  • The Salvation Army, Tampa. They are raising money to supply school supplies for underprivileged students throughout Hillsborough County.  The New York Yankees donated 2,000 backpacks that they need to fill with supplies. 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 237 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