Since 1994, Hope has pursued a mission of improving lives, building assets and strengthening communities in the Mississippi Delta and other economically distressed parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, a region synonymous with entrenched poverty and a legacy of racial inequality. These conditions require that economic and social justice be deeply embedded in Hope's work.
Hope's primary means of fulfilling its mission is providing affordable, responsible financial services and related support that helps vulnerable people and communities prosper; and shaping policies, practices and systems that benefit those our target constituents; and by engaging in strategic partnerships that strengthen and effectiveness and leverage additional resources. These activities are constantly informed and anchored by purposeful engagement with Hope's member-owners and other local stakeholders. This grant supports Hope's Policy Institute.