The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC) and Experian® jointly announced today that Experian committed 80,000 free, 12-month memberships to its freecreditscore.comTM product, in support of the NFCC’s Sharpen Your Financial Focus™ program.
The NFCC program, launched in September of this year, includes a broad cross-section of supporters – Experian and others – who are committed to increasing the financial well-being of Americans.
The donation, the largest of its kind ever awarded by Experian and part of the company’s continued commitment to financial education, will be used by the NFCC to complement financial education provided by NFCC member agencies to individuals who take part in the program.
“Experian’s generous gift in support of the Sharpen Your Financial Focus program underscores its commitment to financial education and to the American consumer,” said Susan C. Keating, president and CEO of the NFCC. “The NFCC network is proud to join forces with Experian, as together we help Americans emerge from one of the most difficult financial crises of their lifetimes and rebuild their financial futures.”
Experian and NFCC have worked together on several occasions, equipping consumers with information and resources to better understand and, consequently, approach credit use and management more intelligently. According to Victor Nichols, Experian’s North American CEO, the donation is a logical next step toward making a difference through the partnership with NFCC.
“Contributing these memberships is a very tangible way to simultaneously educate consumers and demonstrate the impact that credit education products can have on a person’s long-term financial wellness,” said Nichols. “Doing that through a trusted credit counseling organization like the NFCC is a natural extension of our commitment to helping consumers and our commitment to giving back to the communities where we work.”
There are many ways Experian contributes to consumers’ personal finance knowledge, but the partnership with NFCC, enabling free, hands-on access to credit scores and reports – as well as the resources to improve understanding of each – is another example of how the company is committing itself and its resources to improve financial literacy for consumers.