Advance Financial donates $25,025 to Best Buddies in Tennessee

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

Advance Financial recently donated $25,025 to Best Buddies in Tennessee’s Friendship Walk, making them a top fundraiser.

Fintech company Advance Financial raised $25,025 for Best Buddies in Tennessee’s Friendship Walk, almost tripling its 2017 contribution and more than doubling its original goal of $12,000.

“One of our company’s core values is giving back to the community, and we were thrilled with our employees’ response to the fundraiser this year. We all had so much fun taking a break from work and participating in the different fundraising activities together,” said Tina Hodges, chief executive and chief experience officer at Advance Financial. “Through our employees’ amazing support, we were named the top fundraiser of Best Buddies Tennessee’s Friendship Walk, an amazing event that raises money to open pathways and opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

The company’s fundraiser kicked off in August, with employees given the chance to wear t-shirts, hats and jeans to work in exchange for a donation. The company also participated in penny wars and scheduled ice cream and potato bars, pancake breakfasts and hot dog luncheons that employees could participate in by donating. An online silent auction, containing prizes such as a golf outing, Tennessee Titans gear and themed baskets, was also organized. Advance Financial’s charitable arm, the Advance Financial Foundation, matched the money raised by employees.

“Advance Financial has been an amazing supporter of Best Buddies in Tennessee for many years by being one of our Best Buddies Jobs Program employers and walking as a Corporate Team for our annual Best Buddies Friendship Walk,” said Kendyl Ricketts, director of development at Best Buddies in Tennessee. “In 2017, they were our Top Corporate Fundraising team and this year, they went above and beyond anything that we could have ever imagined by raising over $25,000! Best Buddies Tennessee has never had a corporate team raise that much money, and we couldn’t be more thankful for the support of this amazing company.”

Advance Financial receives two Golden Bridge Awards

Tina Hodges, Advance Financial Chief Experience Officer

Chief Executive and Experience Officer Tina Hodges and her company, fintech company Advance Financial, were recently named the winners of two Golden Bridge awards: Gold for Woman Executive of the Year and Silver for Fastest Growing Company of the Year.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for our recent growth” said Hodges. “Advance Financial’s expansion has been a top priority for us over the last few years, so these acknowledgments are a humbling testament of the hard work we’ve all put in serve our customers and communities.”

Advance Financial’s recognition for Fastest Growing Company of the Year is a result of the company’s incredible growth in revenue. In three years, the company’s revenue grew from more than $73 million in 2014 to more than $222 million in 2017—more than a 200% increase.