TAMPA, FL – (March 29, 2023) - Throughout the month of February, Amscot Financial asked its customers to contribute $1 to their local education foundation in order to provide support for students and teachers when school budgets fall short and tax dollars won’t allow. With the first $50,000 matched by Amscot Financial, 2023 contributions now total $159,081.12. Now in its second decade, Amscot Financial’s ‘Just a Dollar’ campaign has raised more than $1.5 million over the years to benefit students throughout the company’s 21-county service territory.
“We conduct this campaign to recognize the generosity of our customers, who make a tremendous difference in the lives of children in the community,” said Ian MacKechnie, founder and CEO of Amscot Financial. “Anyone can see the importance of investing in local students — and people throughout the community are eager to give back. It’s up to all of us to help fill in the gaps where tax dollars and school budgets don’t fully meet the students’ needs.”
Local education foundations will use the funds to support students, teachers, and schools through programs such as teacher supply stores that help teachers provide classroom materials to students with limited access to such items.
“Our local schools are especially appreciative of this support because it can be invested in the areas where it’s needed most. While needs may be different in rural communities than they are in urban areas, donors can rest assured that every dollar raised will remain in the communities where they are contributed and used to meet local student needs,” said Mary Chance, president of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, the statewide organization that distributes the funds raised by Amscot.
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About Amscot Financial
Founded in 1989, Amscot Financial employs close to 2,000 associates working at over 238 retail branches and at the company’s corporate headquarters in Tampa. The company currently operates retail locations in Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Flagler, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Manatee, Marion, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, and Volusia counties.
About the Consortium and Florida’s Local Education Foundations
The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations is the membership organization for Florida’s school districtwide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the Consortium connects individuals, organizations, and financial resources to build the capacity and effectiveness of Florida’s local education foundations. Together, Consortium members raise more than $83 million annually for a variety of locally driven initiatives and are led by 1,200 board members, 80% of whom are local business and community leaders working in partnership with school district leaders. The Consortium manages the nation’s only 1:1 legislative match for education foundation initiatives and a variety of privately funded grant programs. To learn more about the Consortium or connect with any member local education foundation, visit https://educationfoundationsfl.org.