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April 25 2011

Making a Difference in Atlanta, Operation HOPE Announces Results

Atlanta, GA - April 25, 2011 - On the site of the future home of the HOPE Financial Literacy Empowerment Center, Ebenezer, Operation HOPE (HOPE) Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant announced phase one accomplishments at a press conference on April 25, 2011.

"Atlanta is the spiritual home of the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King, Sr. or ‘Daddy King' knew that there was a relationship between civil rights and what I call ‘silver rights' as was evidenced by his involvement on a bank board for more than 40 years," said Bryant, who also serves as a member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability. "Simply put, providing members of our community with the economic empowerment tools to build a better life for themselves is the next step in the civil rights process."

Since breaking ground on the new flagship HOPE Center in April 2010, with the support of Ebenezer Baptist Church and The Financial Services Roundtable, along with founding partners SunTrust Bank, LPL Financial, State Farm Insurance, Wells Fargo, MasterCard, Coca Cola, the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) and honorary partners Atlanta-based Capitol City Bank and Citizens Trust Bank, HOPE has made a concentrated effort to serve the Atlanta community and the Southeastern region. The announcement of the Atlanta results came as HOPE announced the opening of a HOPE Express Office on the grounds at Ebenezer.

HOPE's accomplishments include:

• Serving 28,275 clients
• Recruiting 1,495 HOPE Corps volunteers.
• Providing youth financial literacy through Banking on Our Future (BOOF) to 26,405 students
• Educating 1,134 college students in financial literacy through BOOF, College Edition
• Creating 143 new partnerships for BOOF, Classroom and College Edition.
• Helping 736 individuals through foreclosure prevention counseling
• Aiding 732 residents with loan modification submissions
• Supporting 114 families with loan modification approvals, of which 58 have been modified to date representing a total of $9,506,611 in funded modifications

The HOPE Financial Literacy Empowerment Center, Ebenezer is scheduled to open in spring 2012.

About Ebenezer Baptist Church
Ebenezer Baptist Church has been solid as a rock for more than 121 years. Built on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, Ebenezer has been blessed with pastors who not only preach the Gospel, but take their ministries into the world and speak on behalf of the oppressed, disenfranchised and underprivileged. Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta was founded in 1886 during the Reconstruction Era in the South and was home to both Martin Luther King Jr. and Martin Luther King Sr. in their ministries.

About the Roundtable
The Financial Services Roundtable represents 100 of the largest integrated financial services companies providing banking, insurance, and investment products and services to the American consumer. Member companies participate through the Chief Executive Officer and other senior executives nominated by the CEO.
Roundtable member companies provide fuel for America's economic engine, accounting directly for $74.7 trillion in managed assets, $1.1 trillion in revenue, and 2.3 million jobs.

About Operation HOPE
Founded in 1992, social empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE's mission is to expand economic opportunity in under-resourced communities through financial literacy education. HOPE promotes "silver rights" - making free enterprise and capitalism relevant and effective for the underserved. Raising more than $500 million and directing and restructuring nearly $500 million more in mortgages and economic support from the private sector, for a total of approximately $1 billion dollars in economic activity, HOPE seeks dignity and empowerment for all. Follow Operation HOPE at www.operationhope.org, www.twitter.com/operationhope, and www.facebook.com/operationhope.