ING U.S. Promotes Financial Literacy at College Expo

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ING U.S. Promotes Financial Literacy at College Expo

Youth Learn How to Avoid Pitfalls of Debt Accumulation
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Friday, August 24, 2012 - 6:00pm

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Lincoln University in Pennsylvania served as the host for the Chester County Futures College Expo sponsored by ING U.S. Partnering with Chester County Futures to deliver a financial-literacy seminar is part of the company's commitment to education.

More than 200 high school students in ninth through 12th grade had an opportunity to meet college admissions representatives from 38 Pennsylvania-based colleges and hear from businesses like ING U.S. to help them prepare for higher education and future careers.

Laurin Cathey, head of Multicultural Affairs, and Fred Makonnen, regional vice president, Institutional Business Development Team with ING U.S., delivered a financial-literacy session focused on the key practices youth need to know to avoid the pitfalls of accumulating debt at an early age. The discussion included, but was not limited to:

  • Benefits of opening a checking/savings account early.
  • Significance of an emergency cash reserve.
  • Acquisition of bonds and CDs in addition to savings accounts.
  • Importance of understanding and identification of the difference between a need and a want.

“The financial seminar provided valuable tools and insight to our students that reinforced the messages that we deliver throughout the school year,” said Kim Hall, executive director of Chester County Futures. “ING U.S’s involvement added a degree of professionalism to the event.”

ING U.S’s sponsorship included featuring keynote speaker George Fraser, CEO of FraserNet. “We’re thankful for ING U.S.’s generosity to provide Dr. Fraser as the keynote speaker,” added Hall. “The students were privileged to hear a truly inspirational message about personal character issues that they can apply as they move forward with their lives.”


About ING U.S.
ING U.S. constitutes the U.S.-based retirement, investment management and insurance operations of Dutch-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 life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits 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 | Chester County Futures | Community | Corporate Social Responsibility | Diversity | Education | Engagement | George Fraser | ING U.S. | Kim Hall | Lincoln University

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