SOURCE: Operation HOPE

March 22, 2007 21:22 ET

Operation HOPE and TransUnion Partner to Promote Silver Rights Nationally

$100,000 Investment and Board Participation Will Support Banking on Our Future, Youth Financial Literacy Program

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 22, 2007 -- Operation HOPE, a financial literacy non-profit dedicated to silver rights, today announced that TransUnion, a global leader in credit and information management, will become a national partner. TransUnion is investing $100,000 to support Banking on Our Future, HOPE's youth financial literacy and empowerment program, and recruiting employees to become HOPE Corps volunteers in cities where both have offices. TransUnion Chief Operating Officer, David Emery, has joined the HOPE's national board to bolster program support.

"We applaud TransUnion's commitment to silver rights -- Operation HOPE's mission to eradicate poverty. TransUnion's commitment to support the award-winning Banking on Our Future and HOPE Corps will help us to positively impact the lives of thousands of youth in this country. We believe that through silver rights we are getting closer to the dream of forging a more equitable society, globally," said John Hope Bryant, Operation HOPE founder, chairman and chief executive officer.

TransUnion actively supports community organizations around the world that are aligned with their commitment to help business, consumers and communities achieve their goals. Operation HOPE's Banking on Our Future complements those goals; delivering financial literacy and empowerment tools to students ages 9 - 18 living in under-resourced communities. TransUnion associates who enlist as HOPE Corps members will assist in delivering the four-part curriculum, instructing students on the basics of banking and the fundamentals of money management and investments. In addition to the written curriculum, volunteers act as role models, inspiring youth to make comprehensive changes in behavior through dignity and self-reliance.

"TransUnion is dedicated to providing quality financial education programs to help students learn how to build their financial lives," says Emery. "We believe that through the Banking on Our Future program we are providing a strong financial education to students today that will help build a strong, global economy tomorrow."

Banking on Our Future works in partnership with local departments of education, local school districts, banking regulatory agencies and over 200 additional public and private partners. The program has received Oprah's Use Your Life Award and the U.S. Treasury Department's John Sherman Award for Financial Literacy Excellence. In the last 10 years, Banking on Our Future has educated more than 210,000 students at almost 500 schools and community-based organizations nationwide.

About TransUnion

TransUnion is a global leader in credit and information management. The company creates advantages for millions of people around the world by gathering, analyzing and delivering information. For businesses, TransUnion helps improve efficiency, manage risk, reduce costs and increase revenue by delivering comprehensive data and advanced analytics and decisioning. For consumers, TransUnion provides the tools, resources and education to help manage their credit health and achieve their financial goals. Through these and other efforts, TransUnion is working to build stronger economies worldwide. Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Chicago, TransUnion employs more than 4,000 employees in more than 30 countries on six continents.

About Operation HOPE, Inc.

Operation HOPE, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which was founded in 1992 to empower minorities in underserved US communities by connecting them to mainstream, private-sector economic resources made available through ongoing collaborations and long-term partnerships with leading government, private sector, and community interests. HOPE and its programs can be found online at

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