ING Program Teaches Girls to Invest

The ING Foundation has developed a program that offers girls practical, hands-on investing experience, and allows them to use their gains towards paying for college.

Partnering with nonprofit Girls Inc., in the ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge, girls ages 12-18 form teams to build and manage diversified, real-time portfolios as part of an investment- and economic-literacy curriculum. The girls attend eight weekly financial literacy lessons focusing on the basics of saving, investing, and financial planning.

The participants invest in mutual funds for the first six months of the challenge, and then they will be allowed to invest in individual securities. Over the course of the year, each girl will be responsible for identifying, researching, and presenting at least one investing idea to the team.  

All portfolios will be managed and tracked using an online-trading platform that will allow the participants to track their performance, absolutely and relative to the other challenge teams. After three years, 75% of any gains in the portfolio will be paid by the ING Foundation to the girls in the form of Girls Inc. scholarships for post-secondary education; 25% of the gains will be given to the local Girls Inc. affiliate to support local programming.   

“The earlier we can engage girls in the capital markets, the more likely we will be able to grow a generation of smart, empowered investors,” said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation and senior vice president of ING’s Office of Corporate Responsibility and Multicultural Affairs.

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