Amscot Financial to launch 7th annual 'Just a Dollar' campaign in support of local education foundations

Over the past six years, Amscot customers and the company have combined to raise more than $550,000 for local education foundations in the counties that Amscot serves.

Jul 30, 2012, 10:25 ET from Amscot Financial

TAMPA, Fla., July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, announces the launch of its seventh annual "Just a Dollar" campaign, designed to raise funds for local education foundations in the 17 Florida counties where Amscot has branches. The 2012 campaign expands this year to include Miami-Dade and Marion counties, where Amscot has recently opened new branches.

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Beginning Wednesday, August 1, and continuing throughout the month of August, Amscot Financial associates will ask each customer if they would like to voluntarily contribute a dollar to their local education foundation. Amscot will track each contribution by county and ensure that it is donated directly in September to the education foundation serving the county in which the branch is located. Amscot will match the overall contributions up to the first $10,000.

Including customer contributions and Amscot matches over the past six years, more than $550,000 has been distributed to local education foundations via the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF), a Gainesville-based umbrella organization.

"Funds raised on behalf of Florida's county-based educational foundations are used to support reading and scholarship programs," said Mary Chance, CFEF executive director.

"Education foundations in Florida are non-profit organizations that serve as a conduit for private sector investment in education. Our foundations focus their fund-raising efforts on programs that are not supported by tax dollars," Chance said.

Chance credits Amscot for continuing to make a commitment to local education foundations.  "Year after year, Amscot encourages everyone to invest a little in education in their community. It's an outstanding way to generate more investment in our local schools."

Ian MacKechnie, founder and CEO of Amscot Financial, said: "Over the years, we have been very pleased with the results of the 'Just a Dollar' campaign. The feedback that we get from both our customers and our associates is this is one way in which everyone can do a little part in creating a big impact for public education."

Founded in 1989, Amscot Financial employs more than 2,000 associates who work at the company's retail branches and at the company's corporate headquarters in Tampa.

Amscot Financial's service centers are open seven days a week and are typically open Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday hours are typically from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Select Amscot locations are open 24 hours a day. The company currently operates retail locations in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee, Sarasota, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, Brevard, Marion and Miami-Dade counties.

About Amscot Financial

Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., Amscot Financial is a leading provider of income tax preparation and electronic filing services, refund anticipation loans, prepaid debit cards, check cashing services, cash advance services, bill payment services, money transfer services and money orders through its wholly owned division, Amscot International Money Order Company.  Amscot also offers the Amscot Card, a pre-paid debit card that allows owners to make purchases from any location that accepts MasterCard™. Amscot Financial currently operates approximately 200 tax preparation offices and 200 retail financial service centers throughout Florida and employs more than 2,000 people. Amscot Financial has been recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as one of Tampa Bay's Best Places to Work for five years. For additional information, please visit the company's website at

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