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Junior Achievement of Central Iowa Receives $10,000 From ING Foundation

Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Iowa, Inc. received a $10,000 grant from the ING Foundation, allowing central Iowa elementary students to experience real-life financial lessons while attending the Richard O. Jacobson BizTown. With ING’s generous contribution, their retail store will serve over 5,000 students for the 2011-12 school year. 

Founded on the principle that students learn best by doing, the Junior Achievement BizTown program combines a participatory six-week classroom curriculum with a day at JA BizTown, where fifth and sixth grade students operate the town. 
“At ING, we understand the importance of introducing our youth to the fundamentals of money management early on to help ensure they can achieve a better financial future,” said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation and senior vice president, ING’s Office of Corporate Responsibility and Multicultural Affairs. “The students of Walnut Hills Elementary - Waukee School will learn lessons at JA BizTown that will impact them today and help them throughout their lives. ING is happy to be a part of their success and encourage our employees to continue volunteering with Junior Achievement as positive role models.”   
“Junior Achievement thanks ING for their generosity and continued commitment to the community and the future of its children,” said Peter Cownie, president of Junior Achievement of Central Iowa. “These students will take these real-life experiences with them into the business world.” 
About ING
ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services to over 85 million private, corporate and institutional clients in more than 40 countries. With a diverse workforce of about 107,000 people, ING is dedicated to setting the standard in helping our clients manage their financial future.

In the U.S., the ING (NYSE: ING) family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, which includes life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits and financial planning. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves nearly 15 million customers across the nation.

ING’s diversity management philosophy and commitment to workforce diversity, diversity marketing, corporate citizenship and supplier diversity fosters an inclusive environment for employees that supports a distinctive product and service experience for the financial services consumer.

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

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About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement of Central Iowa, Inc. is the local operation of the oldest, largest and fastest-growing business and economic not-for-profit education organization in the world.  It serves 29 central Iowacounties – and reaches over 25,000 students every year through its programming.
Junior Achievement educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise, business and economics to improve the quality of their lives. For more information about Junior Achievement of Central Iowa,


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