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Experian Invests in Consumer Financial Literacy

Published 05-04-09

Submitted by Experian

COSTA MESA, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Experian(R), the global information services company, has been committed to helping consumers manage their finances for more than 15 years. Through a host of educational programs and a wide array of products designed to help manage credit, Experian provides consumers with the resources they need to make wise financial decisions.

"Financial education is a key component in helping consumers achieve self-sufficiency, ensuring that they have bright and productive futures," said Maxine Sweet, vice president of education for Experian. "Supporting financial literacy initiatives enables Experian to put the power of knowledge directly into consumers' hands."

As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers gain the skills they need to be financially successful, Experian recently awarded $350,000 in grant funds to six nonprofit organizations. The funds will be used to champion financial literacy, math and economic education and will support services that help families in crisis rebuild their financial lives.

Experian awarded funds to the following organizations:

  • LifeSmarts (http://www.lifesmarts.org): an educational competition, sponsored by the National Consumers League, for middle and high school students that develops their financial literacy and consumer knowledge
  • Jump$tart Coalition(R) for Personal Financial Literacy (http://www.jumpstartcoalition.org): encourages curriculum enrichment to ensure that basic personal financial-management skills are attained during the K-12 educational experience
  • Junior Achievement of Orange County (http://jaocie.ja.org): educates children in grades K-12 about how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers
  • The MIND Research Institute (http://www.mindresearch.net): helps children in grades K-12 reach their academic and career potential through a unique and highly effective math education process
  • Mercy House (http://www.mercyhouse.net): provides a unique system of dignified housing alternatives, supportive services and education programs that help combat homelessness
  • Allen Community Outreach (http://www.acocares.org): provides human services programs and core life skills classes for the cities of Allen, Fairview and Lucas in Collin County, Texas
More information about Experian's educational resources can be found at http://www.experian.com/consumer/credit_education.html.

About Experian

Experian is a global leader in providing information, analytical and marketing services to organizations and consumers to help manage the risk and reward of commercial and financial decisions.

Combining its unique information tools and deep understanding of individuals, markets and economies, Experian partners with organizations around the world to establish and strengthen customer relationships and provide their businesses with competitive advantage.

For consumers, Experian delivers critical information that enables them to make financial and purchasing decisions with greater control and confidence. Clients include organizations from financial services, retail and catalog, telecommunications, utilities, media, insurance, automotive, leisure, e-commerce, manufacturing, property and government sectors.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Experian has corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, and has operational headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif., and Nottingham, UK. The Group employs approximately 15,500 people in 38 countries worldwide, supporting clients in more than 65 countries around the world. Revenue for the year ended March 31, 2008, was $4 billion.

For more information, visit http://www.experianplc.com.

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