Advance Financial Foundation makes $100,000 donation to East End Preparatory School

Last updated on January 17th, 2020 at 01:20 am

(l to r): Shantrelle Johnson, Advance Financial’s vice president of corporate citizenship, and Jim Leckrone, East End Preparatory School Director.

Leading fintech company Advance Financial’s charitable arm, the Advance Financial Foundation, presented a $100,000 check to East End Preparatory School at a check presentation held at the charter school in East Nashville. The donation will be paid to the school over the next three years.

“East End Prep has proven that its formula works, and the end result, educated young people, will change the pathways of entire communities for generations to come,” said Tina Hodges, Advance Financial’s chief executive and chief experience officer. “We’re proud to support East End Prep and look forward to seeing what its leadership, teachers, students and families accomplish.”

East End Prep was established in 2011 and is a free, public charter school that serves 900 children in grades kindergarten through seventh. The school believes success isn’t only defined by academics, but by holistic child development. The curriculum includes academics, character and virtues, the arts and sports to prepare children for college and beyond.

In 2016-17, the school was recognized as a double reward school by the Tennessee Department of Education, scoring in the top five percent for both achievement and growth on the 2016-17 TNReady Assessment. East End Prep students scored 16% to 42% better than the Metro Nashville Public School (MNPS) average on the assessment. East End Prep was the only open enrollment MNPS school to achieve this double honor.

“Advance Financial Foundation’s donation will immensely enhance our program to educate students as we head into a period of growth in our organization,” said Jim Leckrone, school director for East End Preparatory School. “We don’t know how to begin to thank Advance Financial Foundation enough for this very generous donation.”

Founded in 1996, Advance Financial is a leading multi-state fintech company based in Nashville, Tennessee. Family owned and operated, the company is aggressively investing in the expansion of its market presence. In keeping with its vision of a world-class customer experience, Advance Financial is delivering instant lending decisions and brick-and-mortar money services 24/7/365. In 2018, the company was named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country for the seventh year in a row. The Nashville Business Journal also named Advance Financial as 2018’s fourth fastest growing company in the Nashville market, and Forbes included the company on its 2018 list of Best Employers for New Graduates.

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