SOURCE: Operation HOPE, Inc.

February 19, 2008 15:30 ET

MasterCard Commits $100,000 to Support Operation HOPE's Financial Literacy Program Nationwide

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - February 19, 2008) - MasterCard Worldwide has committed $100,000 to support nonprofit Operation HOPE's (HOPE) award-winning youth financial literacy program, Banking on Our Future. Additionally, MasterCard will also encourage its employees to participate in classrooms to teach the organization's smart money management concepts.

HOPE President Bill Walbrecher expressed his enthusiasm for the sponsorship from MasterCard, "We are pleased that MasterCard has joined our team. With its assistance, Operation HOPE will have a significant impact in underserved areas and MasterCard is demonstrating that education is the ultimate poverty eradication tool."

Since 1996, Banking on Our Future volunteers have educated more than 270,000 students nationwide on how to manage money and make investments. It provides an on-the-ground and online program that offers four core modules on banking, savings, investment and credit.

MasterCard has long invested in programs that educate the public about responsible management of money.

"The partnership between Operation HOPE and MasterCard will help us reach new audiences with our responsible money management program," said Patrick Dwyer, MasterCard Vice President for Consumer Education and Public Policy. "Financial literacy is the key to making smart money decisions. We applaud Operation HOPE's efforts to help people young and old make sound decisions in managing their money."

About MasterCard

MasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard develops and markets payment solutions, processes over 18 billion transactions each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to financial institution customers and merchants. Through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro® and Cirrus®, MasterCard serves consumers and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information go to

About Operation HOPE, Inc.

Operation HOPE is America's leading nonprofit social investment banking and financial literacy empowerment organization. Through several global initiatives and its three principal programs: Banking on Our Future (teaching school children about money), HOPE Coalition America (financial emergency preparedness and disaster recovery), and the HOPE Center Banking Network (loans, bill pay, computer literacy, understanding banking principles) HOPE is leading the "silver rights" movement towards making free enterprise and capitalism relevant to all underserved communities. For more information about Banking on Our Future or other programs, visit us at

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