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Host a Screening

We encourage you to watch Spent: Looking for Change, have a conversation and take action. Together, through screening events and discussions, we can spark a dialogue and create a movement. This guide can help you organize a screening of Spent: Looking for Change and provide prompts to help lead a discussion with attendees after watching the film.

Get Financially Ready

The one thing we can all expect in life is the unexpected. Jobs can be lost, cars can break down, loved ones can get sick or injured, and the list goes on. When bad luck hits, awareness of financial basics and alternative options - and the motivation to act on that knowledge – may help weather a financial storm. This Financial Readiness Checklist can serve as a roadmap on your journey to financial health.

Advocate for
Prize-Linked Savings

Traditional savings accounts work for some, but making it fun by linking it with opportunities to win prizes may encourage more people to save for the future. Join us and D2D Fund to urge your U.S. Senators and Representatives to co-sponsor the American Savings Promotion Act, and help clear the path for prize-linked savings.

Support Financial Inclusion Initiatives

In an effort to drive innovation in financial services, American Express is supporting startups, organizations and experts working on financial solutions and research focused on financial inclusion.

Financial Readiness
for Veterans

Like many young Americans, veterans receive inadequate support to deal with the new financial challenges that they face as they transition back to civilian life after service. This summer, American Express is working with The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) to design a financial readiness program for transitioning service members, veterans, and their families. To help support mentors and build awareness for this program, we encourage you to donate to AFCPE.

Financial Capability for Future Generations

Financial habits - good and bad - are passed down through generations. All too often, young people enter their adult lives without a good understanding of the tools available to help them spend, save and plan for the future. In an effort to drive change, American Express is partnering with Clarksdale Municipal School District and non-profits Moneythink and EveryoneOn on the Clarksdale Dollars & Sense a three-year pilot program aimed at improving the financial health of the students and the community of Clarksdale, Mississippi.

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about the film

Spent: Looking for Change is a film about everyday Americans without the financial options most of us take for granted and the movement giving them renewed hope. We invite you to view the full documentary for free on The Young Turks’ YouTube channel, American Express’ YouTube channel Amex NOW interactive TV channel and connected TV application, Pivot TV, as a podcast on iTunes and here at SpentMovie.com, and share your thoughts on social media using #Spent or #LookingForChange.

Turning to pawn shops, check cashing services, and using payday loans to meet basic financial needs can be costly for many of us, with $89 billion a year going to fees and interest1 for using these types of alternative financial services.

It’s time for change. New technology, new ideas and encouraging dialogue around this issue can help make managing money simple and more affordable.

American Express is sponsoring this documentary to help improve financial inclusion in the U.S. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim is the executive producer of the documentary which is narrated by Tyler Perry and directed by Derek Doneen.

American Express is also spearheading several initiatives to drive innovation in financial services to help improve the financial options available to those who are financially underserved. Find out more and take action.

The film is available online for free, providing anyone the opportunity to watch, engage in conversation, and join in on helping to spread awareness or work towards building better solutions.

1Source: CFSI, November 2013 Market Sizing Report