By John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Operation HOPE, Inc.
Today, the impact of income and wealth disparity in America manifests in all areas of our society. Poverty is different now, and the condition of poverty is spreading into the bone and marrow of this country, putting the entire capitalist and free enterprise system at risk.
In the book, How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class. The Solution for the 100%, I offer a radical reimagining of the definition of poverty, and our way forward—planting, nurturing, and growing a sustainable middle class powered by opportunity. This is the work of Operation HOPE—serving as the nation’s private banker to the working poor, the struggling class, and the teetering middle class; transforming communities by equipping people with the tools and training needed to realize their aspirations.
The short video below narrates our message, our movement, and this moment in history.
About Financial Inclusion
Operation HOPE, Inc., powers the broadest financial inclusion network in the country. Through strategic partnerships with organizations like SunTrust, Wells Fargo, Hyatt Hotels, and Coca-Cola, the nonprofit is making free enterprise accessible to all by equipping youth and adults with the financial training and tools to realize their aspirations and ensure their financial wellbeing. Through its core programs, Operation HOPE has provided financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2.6 million individuals worldwide, and $2 billion in economic activity for the disenfranchised—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers. Project 5117 is the organization’s multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth, and stabilize the American dream by boosting credit scores. The Atlanta Uplift 2020 initiative will escalate the organization’s services throughout the city to strengthen low- and middle-income families. For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org
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