WHAT WE DO:
The ACA International Education Foundation (ACAEF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to serve consumers by creating and distributing tools and resources aimed at improving financial literacy. The ACAEF is the philanthropic arm of ACA International, The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, which is the world's largest trade association for the credit and collection industry.
WHAT WE OFFER:
Ask Doctor Debt
Launched on April 15, 2009, Ask Doctor Debt is a fast, free, and friendly consumer education Web site that offers consumers a vast array of information and tools to seek solutions to their credit and debt issues. It is an online version of "Dear Abby" where consumers can submit and have their inquiries answered by "Ask Doctor Debt" experts. Since its launch this past spring, Ask Doctor Debt has led to more than 125 interviews, reached more than 25 million consumers with its important message, and received more than an estimated $1 million in free advertising and publicity.
Each April, members of ACA International join the ACAEF in a series of events as part of Collector's Challenge Month. Individual collection agencies hold fundraising events to support the ACAEF's financial literacy initiatives, and also go out into their local communities to share ACAEF materials–such as the Community Education Kit–and teach students and adults alike how to ensure they're on the road to financial stability. Held annually, the "Collector's Challenge" typically raises more than $30,000 for financial literacy.
The Collector's Pledge is an ACAEF initiative to improve the public image of the credit and collection industry through professionalism and respect for consumers. The Pledge is similar to a company code of conduct espoused by many industry employers, and while not intended to replace an existing code, it reflects the values and practices of ACA International's membership. The Foundation captures the number of pledges for use in ACA and Foundation public relations efforts with consumer groups, business leaders and policy makers.
WHAT WE NEED:
The ACAEF is seeking partner associations to link to and reference Ask Doctor Debt, http://www.askdoctordebt.com/, so that more consumers can find out about this completely free and confidential resource when it comes to helping people find solutions to their credit and debt issues.
The ACAEF also offers the Loomer Mortenson Scholarship program and is looking for dependent children of ACA International members who are employed in the credit and collection industry to apply.
Ask Doctor Debt in Spanish
Originally launched in English, Ask Doctor Debt has been translated into Spanish due to its overwhelming success and a strong demand from the Spanish-speaking community for this type of online resource.
Community Education Kit
The Community Education Kit helps consumers make the most of their money. Click here to access a printable PDF and a PowerPoint presentation that offers advice and tips about credit and debt issues.
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