WHAT WE DO:
H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) has prepared more than 575 million tax returns worldwide since 1955, making it the country’s largest tax services provider. Tax return preparation services are provided in company-owned and franchise retail tax offices by approximately 100,000 professional tax preparers, and through H&R Block At Home™ digital products. In addition to preparing millions of tax returns annually, H&R Block works to increase financial literacy through H&R Block Dollars & Sense. Launched in 2009, H&R Block Dollars & Sense has provided more than $2.5 million in curriculum grants and scholarships to high schools and students nationwide.
WHAT WE OFFER:
Each year, H&R Block offers personal finance curriculum to high schools nationwide. Provided free through H&R Block Dollars & Sense grants, the curriculum uses a game-like simulation to teach students how to budget, use debit and credit cards, save money, pay rent, avoid debt and much more.
Created by Knowledge Matters, the provided curriculum retails for approximately $1,600, but for many teachers, that could be their department’s budget for the entire school year. To help schools clear the budget hurdle and ensure more kids receive personal finance education, H&R Block awards curriculum to additional high schools every year. To date, more than 3,000 schools are teaching personal finance because of a Dollars & Sense donation.
In addition, we reward students for demonstrating financial acumen through the H&R Block Dollars & Sense National Challenge. Students compete in teams of three to build wealth and make smart financial choices in a series of online competitions. The top-scoring teams then compete in a live, finals event for scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 each – more than $55,000 is up for grabs each spring.
WHAT WE NEED:
We need your vote. While Americans consider who will win their support at the polls this fall, teachers are asking people to cast a ballot for something else in the meantime – their students. Teachers nationwide have applied for Dollars & Sense grants, but with candidates this compelling, determining winners is no easy task. This is where you in. Through April 17, anyone with a valid email address can vote for the schools they want to see teaching personal finance by visiting www.facebook.com/hrbds or www.hrblockdollarsandsense.com.
To see H&R Block’s big dreams for kids, watch this brief video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQY3DdOAQtU
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy