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April 16 2015

Operation HOPE Receives $200,000 Award from The UPS Foundation

Grant will fuel disaster recovery counseling and financial readiness services and support the 2016 HOPE Global Forum 

ATLANTA – April 15, 2015 – Operation HOPE announced today that it is the recipient of a $200,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS), to bolster its financial disaster preparedness division, HOPE Coalition America, and support the 2016 HOPE Global Forum.

"We are pleased for the sustained support of The UPS Foundation, said Oliver Bell, CEO of Southern Region and Director of HOPE Coalition America for Operation HOPE. “For the last several years, this grant has helped us build self-reliance, financial disaster readiness and recovery in communities that need it most.”

Since its formation in 2001, the result of a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and the American Red Cross, HCA has helped nearly 800,000 individuals and small businesses recover from disasters, which include Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Florida hurricanes, tornados and flooding in southern and mid-western states and Hurricane Sandy.

Hosted by Operation HOPE, the HOPE Global Forum is an event that brings together world leaders to outline a vision for the future of a modern global economy. This vision includes the poor, underserved and teetering middle class as untapped assets for economic growth, entrepreneurship and job creation. The 2016 event is scheduled for January 13-15 in Atlanta and set against the backdrop of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. 

“We are honored to partner with Operation HOPE whose services help those who have suffered and lost so much due to a disaster,” said Eduardo Martinez, President, The UPS Foundation. “Not only does Operation HOPE help survivors rise above the financial hardship, but they are also assisting to build more resilient communities by investing in pre-disaster planning so that when the unexpected happens, families, small businesses and the community at-large are better prepared.” 

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.

The UPS Foundation was established by UPS founder Jim Casey in 1951, and leads UPS's corporate citizenship efforts.  It invests more than $100 million each year and provides nearly 1.9 million hours of UPS employee volunteer time into communities across the globe.

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About Operation HOPE, Inc.

Since its founding in 1992, Operation HOPE's mission has been to promote "silver rights" and make free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved. The social investment banking nonprofit has provided financial literacy and economic empowerment services to more than 2.2 million people, raised nearly $2 billion in economic activity for the disenfranchised. Follow Operation HOPE at www.operationhope.org, on twitter.com/operationhope, and facebook.com/operationhope.

About The UPS Foundation

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2014, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested $104 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.