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April 08 2015

Operation HOPE Joins Experian to Light the Way for Financial Literacy Month, Providing Resources to Consumers to Help Guide Their Financial Journey

COSTA MESA, Calif.March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Experian®, the leading global information services company, today announced that it will continue to advocate for financial literacy and will join with the Jump$tart Coalition® in April to "Light the Way for Financial Literacy," by developing new credit resources, providing education on identity protection and delivering direct access to personal finance experts.

The theme for this year's Financial Literacy month is "Light the Way for Financial Literacy," and to support this theme, Experian created a program with activities and education materials to help financial educators and consumers improve their understanding of credit principles and practices.

"The key to financial capability is simple; consumers need education to help them understand their personal financial status and what resources are available to help improve it," said Rod Griffin, director of public education at Experian. "Turning insights into action is at the core of everything Experian does and why we have worked so diligently through our credit education program over the past 20 years — to be a champion for consumer financial literacy."

Below is a list of activities consumers and educators can participate in during the month of April:

  • Join the Plutus award–winning @Experian_US in its weekly #CreditChat on Twitter accompanied with a Google+ hangout every Wednesday at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Experian's public-education experts and leaders in personal finance will discuss popular topics and ways consumers can change their financial behavior.
    • April 1: Ways to make Smarter Money Decisions with New York Times columnist Carl Richards and the Jump$tart Coalition.
    • April 8: How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft featuring Experian's public-education experts Rod Griffin and Becky Frost.
    • April 15: How to Rebuild and Raise Your Credit Scores with Jeanne Kelly, journalist and nationally recognized voice in credit counseling.
    • April 22: How to Get Financially Ready for College with Wells Fargo.
    • April 29: Financial Inclusion: Ideas to Help the Underbanked with Operation HOPE, the nation's leading nonprofit social-investment-banking and financial-literacy-empowerment organization on a mission to eradicate poverty.

Upcoming conferences and events

  • On April 1, 2015, at the Annual Conference on Financial Education in San Antonio, Griffin will discuss the characteristics necessary to become a credit-score superstar and provide an update on credit reporting to financial professionals.  
  • Hosted by the National Consumers League on April 17–20, Experian — a longtime supporter — will be on the judging panel for the Lifesmarts competition championship in Seattle

Consumer education resources

  • Visit Experian's help site for answers to common questions, advice and education about consumer credit.
  • Consumers are welcome to ask their credit questions on our Facebook page at https://facebook.com/ExperianUS.
  • Join the Credit & Finance Talk with Experian on its iHeart Radio show to get the inside scoop on how to live credit-confident with expert interviews, credit information and steps to protect your identity.
  • Search http://www.jumpstartclearinghouse.org for engaging resources available to help introduce children to personal finance.

"To make true progress in financial literacy, it takes an army of willing and relentless partners to come together for a shared goal of making a brighter financial future for consumers of all ages," said Laura Levine, president and CEO of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy®. "From the very beginning, Experian has advocated and committed to be part of the journey to financial literacy."

The Financial Literacy Month campaign encourages individuals throughout the month to take the time to think and talk about their own money matters and to take full advantage of resources designed to improve their financial literacy and well-being.

To learn how to participate in our chats and for new consumer resources launching throughout the month, please visithttp://www.experian.com/blogs/news.

About Experian
We are the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to our clients around the world. We help businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. We also help people to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft. In 2014, we were named by Forbes magazine as one of the "World's Most Innovative Companies."

We employ approximately 16,000 people in 39 countries and our corporate headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UKCalifornia, US; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2014, was US$4.8 billion.

To find out more about our company, please visit http://www.experianplc.com or watch our documentary, "Inside Experian."

Contact:

Kelsey Stagner
Experian Public Relations
1 714 830 7907
kelsey.stagner@experian.com