Advance America Fund' is meant to demonstrate our commitment to
our customers and the millions of other hard-working people
whose overlooked efforts help make our cities and towns run.
Ken Compton, CEO Advance America
The Advance America Financial Literacy Grant marks the first
donation from the "You Advance America Fund." The fund and the
United Way donation were announced at a kickoff event for
several hundred Advance America employees Friday morning at the
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.
"The 'You Advance America Fund' is meant to demonstrate our
commitment to our customers and the millions of other
hard-working people whose overlooked efforts help make our
cities and towns run," said Advance America CEO Ken Compton.
"While our products are designed to help middle-income workers
overcome short-term financial challenges, we're equally
dedicated to educating people about protecting their long-term
financial well-being. That's why we're very excited about this
initial grant, which will allow the United Way of the Piedmont
to work toward improving financial literacy in Spartanburg and
"United Way of the Piedmont is delighted to accept this grant
from Advance America," said the organization's president and
CEO, Kathy Dunleavy. "We will direct these funds to programs in
our community that are focused on financial literacy. One area
of our United Way's Community Impact Agenda is 'Strengthening
Adults and Families,' and providing access to the support
necessary to build stable lives. Our hope is that our citizens
will be armed with a sound knowledge of personal financial
Advance America operates 2,700 locations in 36 states.