Locally, we support the expansion of economic opportunity through two specific areas of focus in Springfield, Mass. :
Education – We believe that the path to economic stability starts with universal access to quality education. Educating our students today deeply impacts the trajectory of Springfield tomorrow – our goal is to inspire life-long learners who will contribute to the Springfield community in the future. To that end, we will invest in programs and organizations that build a successful education ecosystem in Springfield constituted by a cadre of high quality, motivated, rewarded and effective teachers; complementary programming to support the whole child’s academic, social, and emotional needs; and strong leadership and partners that transform the system of learning.
Economic Development - We envision Springfield as a thriving and vibrant destination to live and work. To stimulate an improved quality of life for local residents, attract a talented and diverse workforce, and inspire visitors to experience local culture, we invest in projects, programs and organizations focused on strengthening the city of Springfield through revitalization, development, and social capital; community placemaking that enrichesreinvents public spaces in Springfield; and stimulating economic growth by promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.
Nationally, we focus on financial education. Our investments aim to increase the financial knowledge and capability of over two million middle and high school students by 2020 with our FutureSmartSM program, as well as through local partnerships in the cities where we operate: Boston, Enfield, Memphis, Phoenix and Springfield. By beginning the conversation with students early, we help them learn the importance of savings, staying in school, going to college, career planning, and how each has a profound impact on their future financial success.