Sun Times: Letter: Help others during tax season

“To the editor: This will be my third year volunteering with Prepare + Prosper. We work with low- to moderate-income people to build financial well-being through free tax preparation and financial services, products, and coaching, and by…

Star Tribune: Nonprofits find key partner in St. Paul-based Sunrise Banks

“William Reiling and his son Davidtook over two troubled Twin Cities banks, including one accused of discriminating against customers in poor areas, three decades ago. To reverse course and rebuild, the Reilings looked to those clients who…

Star Tribune: New short-term loan product at U.S. Bank draws scrutiny

“U.S. Bank’s new Simple Loan is not complicated, but its ramifications are. Just three months after its introduction, the first-of-its-kind short-term lending product is attracting scrutiny from consumer advocates and competitors. Simple…

Star Tribune: St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter proposes new city office to serve low-income residents

“More than 1 in 5 St. Paul households have no net worth. One in 3 do not have enough money to live for three months if they lose their income. Nearly 1 in 10 do not have a bank account. Mayor Melvin Carter wants the city to step in and…

Pioneer Press: To fight poverty, St. Paul mayor wants an official Office of Financial Empowerment

“In the name of helping everyday St. Paul residents achieve financial stability, Mayor Melvin Carter has advocated for eliminating library fines for overdue books, opening college savings accounts for young students and implementing a $15…

[News Advisory] Prepare + Prosper welcomes new members to Board of Directors, names new Board president

Media Contact: Stacy Opitz, Prepare + Prosper stacy@prepareandprosper.org / 651-262-2162 Photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHskDrjFy8 ST. PAUL, MN (August 23, 2018) – Roland Sie, Terri Steenblock, and Ron Zweber have joined the Board of Directors and Greg…

Minnesota Public Radio: Need cash? See if you qualify for property tax refund — even if you’re renting

“Minnesotans have a little less than a month to file for property tax refunds for 2016. The deadline is Aug. 15. Homeowners with a total household income up to about $110,000 are eligible. Refunds have averaged about $900 lately. But only…

Pioneer Press: Sunrise Bank and a nonprofit team to serve the Twin Cities’ ‘unbanked’

“It’s pricey to be poor. Tracy Fischman, executive director of the St. Paul-based nonprofit Prepare + Prosper, points out that low incomes and poor credit will net higher interest rates on home, car and business loans, and can even complicate…

American Banker: Mobile app for underbanked looks to go national

“You could easily mistake Anne Leland Clark, a Twin Cities nonprofit executive, for a banker with with big, national ambitions as she discusses her organization’s digital platform for the underbanked. The product, known as Fair Financial,…

Minnesota Business: Banking program to provide alternatives for underserved communities

“Twin Cities-based nonprofit Prepare + Prosper has joined forces with Sunrise Banks to launch the pilot phase of its three-part FAIR (Financial Access in Reach) Financial Solution. Designed to aid financially underserved individuals in…

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