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Foundation of HOPE, Inc.


To teach the fundamentals of financial literacy, management, and responsibility.

For everyone to understand the principles and value of sound financial planning, saving money, to establish a superior credit rating, and live a debt-free life.
Mrs. Brackett was featured in the Autumn 2003 edition of Stages, a quarterly magazine published by Fidelity Investments where she wrote an article about Financial Planning.

Mrs. Brackett has 3 adult children, 7 grandchildren, and enjoys traveling and spending time with family.

Foundation of HOPE, Inc.’s (FOHI) goal is to reach and teach women in shelters, adolescent parents, seventh and eighth graders, high school students, former female inmates, and others with little or no knowledge of the basics of financial planning, management, and implementation

We will also expand and open the program up to other markets and conduct sessions in schools and churches.  To also expand its services to include other community development programs that will enhance the “whole man” (i.e. Professional Development, Domestic Violence, Breast Cancer awareness, Health/Nutrition, Christian Education, just to name a few.  

We will also partner with other not-for-profit organizations that are committed to improving the overall quality of life of the people they serve.

“Financial education fosters financial stability for individuals, families, and entire communities. The more people know about credit and banking services, the more likely they are to increase savings, buy homes, and improve their financial health and well being.”

– FDIC Corporation

About the Founder

Carla M. Brackett, Founder, President & CEO of Foundation of HOPE, Inc., is passionate and committed to helping people understand and learn the fundamentals of financially literacy and responsibility.  A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mrs. Brackett has lived in the Chicago area for more than 20 years.  She has taught Financial Literacy workshops through Fannie Mae’s CreditSmart® Program, a program designed to provide better credit, money management, and responsible home ownership information; and served as a Volunteer Instructor for Operation HOPE’s Banking on Our Future program, a program designed to execute a global delivery system for financial education for youth ages 9-18. 

Mrs. Brackett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with emphasis in Management, from DePaul University.  She was given special recognition by DePaul’s Management Department for Outstanding Tenacity.  She is also a Licensed Minister, an Illinois Licensed Realtor®, and Broker/Owner of Amazing Grace Realty.  She will also be obtaining her certification as a Certified Financial Planner from DePaul University in June 2012.