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ING U.S. And Girls Inc. Expand Financial Education Partnership



        ING U.S. And Girls Inc. Expand Financial Education Partnership

Innovative Approach Brings Investing Know-How and Confidence to More Girls
Across U.S.

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 20, 2013

NEW YORK, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After three years of creating
hands-on investment experience for girls, ING U.S. and Girls Inc. announced
that they will expand their innovative education effort to serve more girls in
more locations throughout the U.S. The program expansion includes the addition
of five new ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge teams and the creation of a
new one-year program that will take place at 19 locations. For more
information and images, visit the ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge media
kit. 

The ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge will create new teams in Atlanta;
Holyoke, Massachusetts; Jacksonville, Florida; New York City; and Minneapolis.
In addition, the program will create a two "virtual" teams beginning in
September. This initiative gives girls practical, hands-on investing
experience with the support of ING U.S. employee volunteers. Teams of girls
ages 12-18 build and manage diversified, real-time $50,000 portfolios as part
of an integrative investment- and economic-literacy curriculum.

After three years, two-thirds of any gains are paid by the ING Foundation to
the girls in the form of scholarships for post-secondary education; one-third
of gains are given to the local Girls Inc. affiliate to support programming.
The ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge was named by the Clinton Global
Initiative as one of 13 programs that "will improve the lives of girls and
women."  Visit YouTube to watch a video about the ING-Girls Inc. Investment
Challenge.

A second component of the expansion is the launch of a new one-year investing
curriculum that allows teen girls to develop a $36,000 portfolio as they learn
the role of investing, saving, budgeting, and philanthropy in personal
finance. They will also engage with financial services professionals around
economic education and career options. Twenty groups of girls will partake in
the ING-Girls Inc. Investing Matters program in 2013.

"All too often, girls do not gain the understanding, skills, and confidence
with money management that is so vital for their adult lives," said Judy
Vredenburgh, Girls Inc. President and CEO. "That is why economic literacy is a
core part of our mission, and why we are thrilled to expand our collaboration
with ING U.S. By combining their financial acumen and the dedication of their
employee volunteers with our expertise in girls' development, we are putting
girls on the path to a healthy financial future."

"Almost all women will be responsible for their household finances at some
point in their lives. Unfortunately, the road to financial empowerment is
especially challenging when you have nothing to invest and grow up in
households where there is not a lot of family conversation and experiences
with saving and investing," said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation.
"These ING-Girls Inc. programs empower girls by giving them real money to
manage, and pairs that hands-on experience with knowledge and experience from
the ING U.S. and Girls Inc. employees."

About Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through
life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender,
economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained,
mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to
achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money;
navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology,
engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations
serves 136,000 girls ages 6 - 18 annually across the United States and Canada.
Learn more about our programs and advocacy at www.girlsinc.org.

About ING U.S.
ING U.S. constitutes the U.S.-based retirement, investment and insurance
businesses of Netherlands-based ING Groep N.V. (NYSE: ING).  Through the ING
U.S. family of companies, we serve the financial needs of approximately 13
million individual and institutional customers with a comprehensive array of
products and services, including retirement plans, IRA rollovers and
transfers, stable value, institutional investment management, mutual funds,
alternative investments, life insurance, employee benefits, fixed and indexed
annuities and financial planning.  Our dedicated workforce of more than 7,000
employees is focused on ING U.S.'s mission to make a secure financial future
possible - one person, one family and one institution at a time.  For more
information, visit http://ing.us.

Contact: Cheryl M. Blowers, Girls Inc.
         cmesser@girlsinc.org
         (212) 509-2000 ext. 237
         Phil Margolis, ING U.S.
         Phil.margolis@us.ing.com
         (860) 580-2676

SOURCE ING U.S.

Website: http://ing.us
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