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July 09 2006

Operation Hope and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) to Promote Good Financial Health in Underserved Communities

(Los Angeles) – July 9, 2006 Operation HOPE, Inc (HOPE), America’s financial literacy and empowerment leader, announced today a partnership with the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) to provide members for its volunteer bank, HOPE Corps. These volunteers will help advance the delivery of HOPE’s award-winning youth financial literacy program “Banking on Our Future.” The affiliation will also play a key role in advancing the Silver Rights Movement, HOPE’s ongoing national campaign for the right to financial education and eradication of poverty.
Founder, chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant stated, “I am delighted to add the National Association of Black Accountants as a partner. We have a common interest: to inspire, educate and encourage a better understanding of finances. If the 20th century focused on equality of race and abolishment of discrimination—or ‘civil rights’—then the 21st century, an economic era, must focus on equality of class and abolishment of poverty. These are what I call ‘silver rights’—rights to economic empowerment for all. And the first silver right is financial literacy. Together we can empower the underserved communities to make economic advances.”
Since 1969, NABA has been the leader in expanding the influence of minority professionals in the fields of accounting and finance. Through their partnership NABA will generate support and volunteer participation in regions and cities where HOPE operates or becomes active. NABA currently has two money management education programs in effect, targeting high school students and low-income families. The partnership will maximize the productivity of both projects. 
"We are pleased to have joined forces with John Hope Bryant and Operation HOPE.  NABA and Operation HOPE are equally passionate about strengthening our communities through improved financial literacy,” said Gwendolyn Skillern, National President & CEO, NABA.
HOPE’s signature award-winning education “Banking on Our Future” program and it’s emergency preparedness division, HOPE Coalition America, rely heavily on the critical partnerships like NABA for HOPE Corp volunteer members by utilizing a growing network volunteers to further the mission of economic empowerment through Silver Rights.
Founded in 1996, “Banking on Our Future” is Operation HOPE, Inc.’s premier financial education program for youth in underserved communities. The program is a winner of the Oprah’s Angel Network Award and the U.S. Treasury Department’s John Sherman Award for Financial Literacy Excellence. Using trained HOPE Corps volunteers, the program has educated over 187,000 youth nationwide.
About National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.
The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) was founded in December, 1969 by nine African-American accountants in New York City. These founders saw a need for a professional organization of minority accounting professionals. Their goal was to establish a national association to deal forthrightly and effectively with the many common problems faced by the growing number of African-American professionals in the field of accounting. The mission of NABA is to address the professional needs of its members and to build leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance professions, with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors. NABA is dedicated to uniting accountants and other business professionals, as well as accounting and business students, who are committed to professional and academic excellence.