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ING Foundation Awards Scholarships to Young Investors

NYC Investment Divas Win ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge
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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 7:00pm

CAMPAIGN: ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge

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How would you like a 54.55% return on your investment portfolio? The NYC Investment Divas who participated in the ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge can boast about the solid results they delivered managing a $50,000 virtual portfolio the past three years as part of an integrated investment- and economic-literacy curriculum.

On Aug. 16, Rob Leary, president and COO, ING U.S., presented a $25,000 “big check” representing their scholarship award during a celebration event in Brooklyn attended by the girls and their families, Girls Inc. staff, ING U.S. representatives and special guests. “Our latest research from the ING Retirement Research Institute indicates that on average, women are significantly less prepared for retirement than men. I believe the ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge can help level that playing field,” said Rob. “We are so proud of the New York City Investment Divas. They are well on their way to securing a better financial future.”

A special thanks to ING U.S. Investment Management employee volunteers, Kristy Finnegan, senior analyst, and Kristin Manning, assistant portfolio manager and analyst, for not only helping the girls understand investment principles, but also serving as mentors to the girls. The girls entered the ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge with little to no knowledge of money management, but at the end of the three years they were empowered to lead within their teams, propose investment ideas and challenge themselves to present publicly.

“The ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge builds on our long and deep tradition of equipping girls to overcome economic barriers to growing up healthy, educated, and independent with research-based, hands-on programs,” said Judy Vredenburgh, president and CEO of Girls Inc. “Thank you, to our special partner, ING U.S., for opening the doors of opportunity, believing that every girl can take command of her financial future, and expanding our girls’ horizons.”


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The ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge Teams Performance

Team Rank

Team Name

Girls Inc. location

Portfolio Value

Return (%)

Team Total Scholarship awarded

# Girls eligible for scholarship


NYC Investment Divas

 New York






Empowered Investors







King Drew Profiteers

  Los Angeles






ING Money Makers

  Alameda County, CA






About ING U.S.
ING U.S. constitutes the U.S.-based retirement, investment and insurance operations of Netherlands-based ING Groep N.V. (NYSE: ING). In the U.S., the ING family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, including retirement plans, IRA rollovers and transfers, stable value, institutional investment management, mutual funds, alternative investments, life insurance, employee benefits, fixed and indexed annuities and financial planning. ING U.S. holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves approximately 13 million customers across the nation.  For more information, visit

About the ING Foundation
The ING Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where ING U.S. operates and its employees and customers live. Through charitable giving and employee volunteerism, the foundation focuses on programs in the areas of financial education, children’s education and physical education. 

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Audria Belton Benn
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Keywords: Business & Trade | Community | Corporate Social Responsibility | Diversity | Engagement | Girls Inc. | ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge | ING Foundation | ING U.S. | Judy Vredenburgh | Robert Leary

CAMPAIGN: ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge

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