HOPE is a family of development organizations dedicated to strengthening communities, building assets and improving lives in the Delta and other economically distressed parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Comprised of a regional credit union (Hope Credit Union), loan fund (Hope Enterprise Corporation) and policy center (Hope Policy Institute), HOPE has provided financial services, leveraged private and public resources, and shaped policies that have benefited more than 650,000 residents in one of the nation’s most persistently poor regions.
Read more about HOPE’s work in distressed communities after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast in our special report, HOPE After the Storm, as we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the storm. The report highlights the successful cooperation of countless individuals, nonprofits, public agencies, private companies and others who shared the common goal of getting people back on their feet after the storm. Read the full report.
The implications of persistent poverty are severe, limiting opportunities for families and communities with regard to education, health, jobs, and the ability to build assets for the future. Together, we can improve lives in high-poverty areas. Together, we can make our economy stronger and more equitable. Together, we can ensure that all children, no matter where they live, have a chance to grow up healthy and succeed in life. Together, we can do more….
…but we must take action now.
Please support our $50 million capital campaign to fortify opportunity structures and foster economic inclusion in persistent poverty areas throughout the Mid South.
Together… there is HOPE.
Learn more about this opportunity to transform the economy of the Mid South here.
Become a Friend of HOPE and join with many others who are creating opportunity for residents in the most impoverished region of the United States. Your support will enable HOPE to finance more first-time homeowners; quality schools; health care facilities; and small businesses that benefit struggling families and communities and contribute to a stronger economy.
Join us. Become a Friend of HOPE today, and create opportunity where it is needed most.
“Join me to create opportunity where it is needed most.” Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix
“I definitely see HOPE’s work as a continuation of the Civil Rights Movement.” Myrlie Evers Williams, Human Rights Activist, Widow of Medgar Evers
“HOPE takes a practical, pragmatic and businesslike approach to these issues.” Jim Barksdale, Former CEO, Netscape
“HOPE is emblematic of the kind of thing we can be doing everywhere for people who believe we can build economic opportunity at the bottom of the pyramid.” Hon. William J. Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
“If we had not found HOPE, the town probably would have been lost.” Kenneth Broome, Mayor of Utica, Mississippi
“HOPE means the chance to buy a first home… launch a business… create jobs… HOPE helps explain what sets this country apart.” Hon. Madeleine Albright Former U.S. Secretary of State