Tampa, FL – (June 8, 2009) – Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, is pleased to announce it has received the 2008-2009 Outstanding Partner Award from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF). The award was presented in recognition of Amscot’s annual Just-A-Dollar campaign, which over three years has raised close to $200,000 for education foundations.
Each August, Amscot conducts a month-long campaign asking individual customers if they would like to donate a dollar to their local education foundation. The funds – matched with a $10,000 contribution from Amscot – are then distributed proportionately to education foundations in the 15 counties in which Amscot conducts business.
Education foundations in Florida typically seek to assist public school districts by raising money for vital needs for which no other funding source exists, said Mary Chance, executive director of CFEF.
“We rely upon partners in the community to step forward to help fund major needs in our public schools,” Chance said. “We are very proud of the program Amscot has put together by asking customers to give just a single dollar. As a result of their Just-A-Dollar campaign, we can quite literally say that tens of thousands of Floridians have come together to help fund vital needs for our public schools.”
Fraser MacKechnie, Amscot Financial’s chief operating officer and a member of the Hillsborough Education Foundation, said: “Our customers and our associates have embraced the Just-A-Dollar campaign. Giving a dollar may be a small gesture individually, but when you add it all up, it turns into something very significant.”
Founded in 1989, Amscot Financial employs more than 2,000 associates who work at the company’s 174 retail branches and at the company’s corporate headquarters in Tampa. The company currently operates retail locations in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee, Sarasota, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia and Brevard counties.
Amscot Financial offers an array of convenience-oriented financial services, including the cashing of personal checks, out-of-state checks and government checks; cash advances; Western Union wire transfers, notary services, pre-paid debit cards and income tax preparation. Amscot Financial also offers consumers the ability to purchase money orders – with no service fees.