Investor Protection Campaign
About Our Partners

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation is working with many partners to develop the campaign. Each of these partners is dedicated to improving the resources available to protect older investors from investment fraud.


AARP LogoAARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin;; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at

AARP Foundation

AARP Foundation LogoAARP Foundation wants to win back opportunity for those now in crisis, so thousands of vulnerable low-income Americans 50+ can regain their foothold, continue to serve as anchors for their families and communities and ensure that their best life is still within reach. Those who are 50 and over and struggling need a voice and an advocate now more than ever. AARP Foundation—a charitable affiliate of AARP—serves that purpose. Building on AARP's reputation and expertise, AARP Foundation has the ability to support and work with local organizations and programs nationwide to coordinate, fill in the gaps and help effective initiatives grow. This multiplier effect ensures we don't duplicate resources or reinvent the wheel. AARP Foundation ElderWatch Colorado is a program with the Colorado attorney general and AARP Foundation; its mission is to ensure that no older adults are left to suffer, alone and in silence, at the hands of those who exploit them. The program fights the financial exploitation of older Coloradans through education and outreach, data collection and assistance.

Alabama Securities Commission (ASC)

Alabama Securities Commission LogoThe Alabama Securities Commission (ASC) is a state government agency whose primary purpose is the protection of citizens from deceptive and illegal practices associated with offers and sales of securities in Alabama. ASC carries out three important government regulatory functions: registration, enforcement and education. ASC promotes investor education as the first line of defense against financial crimes that target citizens’ personal financial assets.

Alliance for Retired Americans

Alliance for Retired Americans LogoThe Alliance for Retired Americans ensures social and economic justice by mobilizing our 4 million members and other senior and community activists into a nationwide grassroots movement advocating a social agenda that protects and preserves programs vital to the health and economic security of older Americans.

Applied Research & Consulting (ARC)

Applied Research & Consulting LLC LogoARC is a full-service public opinion and market research firm offering analysis and strategic insights for business and government based on in-depth understanding of human attitudes, behavior, and social context. ARC designs, conducts, and analyzes surveys of investor needs and opinions, as well as qualitative research with investors, on behalf of FINRA and FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau LogoFor 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2011, consumers turned to BBB more than 100 million times for Business Reviews on more than 4 million companies and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 116 local, independent BBBs across the United States and Canada, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation.


BetterInvesting LogoFounded in 1951, nonprofit BetterInvesting (the brand identity of the National Association Investors Corporation) is the strongest voice of the individual investor, the pioneer of the modern investment club movement, and provides unbiased investment education to help members become successful lifetime investors. Membership benefits include: frequent online educational seminars; monthly print/online magazine; online stock and mutual fund analysis tools and data services; monthly investing newsletters and biweekly stock analyses and more. For more information, visit the website or call (877) 275-6242.

Colorado Division of Securities

CO State DORA LogoThe Division of Securities is a unit of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. The mission of the Division is to protect investors and maintain public confidence in the securities markets while avoiding unreasonable burdens on participants in the capital markets. In this capacity, the Division is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Colorado Securities Act, the Colorado Commodity Code, the Colorado Municipal Bond Supervision Act, and the Local Government Investment Pool Trust Fund Administration and Enforcement Act, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder. The Division licenses and regulates stockbrokers and investment advisers and the securities investments they offer, sell, and advise about in Colorado.

Doorways to Dreams (D2D) Fund

Doorways to Dreams (D2D) LogoDoorways to Dreams (D2D) Fund is a Boston-based nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen the financial opportunity and security of low and moderate income consumers by innovating, incubating and stimulating new financial products and policies. D2D works with the financial services industry, government agencies, national non-profit groups, grassroots community agencies, and public policy organizations to generate promising ideas, pilot test financial products and services, build awareness of the needs and potential of low-income communities, and advocate inclusive social and economic policies.

D2D's work has generated Financial Entertainment video games, prize-linked savings products, and tax-time savings innovations.

Florida Office of Financial Regulation

Florida Office of Financial Regulation LogoThe Office of Financial Regulation (Office) is dedicated to safeguarding the private financial interests of the public by licensing, chartering, examining and regulating depository and non-depository financial institutions and financial service companies in the State of Florida. The Office protects consumers from financial fraud, while preserving the integrity of Florida’s markets and financial service industries.

Maine Office of Securities

Maine Office of Securities LogoThe principal mission of the Office of Securities is to protect Maine investors by administering and enforcing the Maine Securities Act and related statutes. The Office is part of Maine’s Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, which encourages sound ethical business practices through the regulation of insurers, financial institutions, creditors, and numerous professions and occupations in addition to the securities industry.

National Center for Victims of Crime

NCVC LogoThe National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims' rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims' issues. After more than 25 years, we remain the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims' rights and helping victims of crime rebuild their lives. The Financial Crime Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime partners with organizations around the United States who work with victims of fraud, identity theft and other financial crimes to ensure that victims have access to the best possible services and advice to assist them with recovery.

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)

NCPC LogoThe National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is a private, nonprofit tax-exempt [501(c)(3)] organization whose primary mission is to be the nation’s leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. NCPC manages the McGruff® "Take A Bite Out of Crime®" public service advertising campaign. For more information, visit

National Telemarketing Victim Call Center (NTVCC)

National Telemarketing Victim Call Center (NTVCC) LogoThe NTVCC has been in operation since 2006 and provides education and prevention services to consumers who have been victims, or are at risk of being victims, of mass marketing fraud—from lottery and prize scams, to oil and gas investments. NTVCC operates a call center or "reverse boiler room," where volunteers and staff gather to contact fraud victims and other people at risk. With a combination of part-time staff and 70 volunteers, each year we provide one-on-one counseling to hundreds of thousands of consumers. Learn more at

National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)

NW3C LogoNW3C provides a nationwide support system for law enforcement and regulatory agencies involved in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime. We deliver training in computer forensics, cyber and financial crime investigations and intelligence analysis. We offer investigative support to agencies investigating white collar and related crimes. We conduct original research on all facets of white collar crime. We are a valuable partner in the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3®), which allows victims of cyber crime to report incidents to law enforcement.

Anthony R. Pratkanis

Anthony R. Pratkanis is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California where he studies social psychology, social influence, and prejudice reduction. A frequent contributor to leading scientific journals and the popular press on the topics of persuasion and influence, Anthony is the founding editor of Social Influence and co-author (with Elliot Aronson) of Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion and (with Doug Shadel) of Weapons of Fraud: A Source Book for Fraud Fighters. He has also appeared in the mass media over 500 times including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC, CBS News, New York Times, and CNN, among others. Recently, Anthony testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about what can be done to prevent economic fraud crimes.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

SEC LogoThe SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy serves the tens of thousands of investors who contact the agency each year with investment-related complaints and questions. The Office's trained investor assistance specialists answer questions, analyze complaints, seek informal resolution of investors' problems, and distribute helpful educational materials. The SEC has assembled a number of investment-related resources for senior investors.

Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration (BISHCA)

Vermont BISHCA LogoThe Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration (BISHCA) regulates a variety of financial service providers such as banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers, consumer loan companies, securities brokers/dealers, investment advisors and insurance companies.

Vermont State Treasurer's Office

Vermont Office of the State Treasurer SealThe mission of the Vermont State Treasurer's Office is to manage the financial resources within its purview effectively and efficiently, and to promote prudent financial practices in the State of Vermont.


Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Washington State Department of Financial Institutions LogoThe Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) regulates a variety of financial service providers such as banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers, consumer loan companies, payday lenders, and securities brokers and dealers. In addition to posting information about licensees and administrative actions, DFI’s Web site features consumer tips on a variety of financial fraud-related topics and the agency promotes financial literacy through a variety of media and outreach events and activities. The mission of the DFI Securities Division is "To protect the investing public and promote confidence in the capital markets." This mission is accomplished through a variety of regulatory and enforcement tools from reviewing offerings and licensing investment professionals to investigating complaints and bringing enforcement actions.

West Virginia Office of the Attorney General

The West Virginia Attorney General's Office is responsible for the protection of the citizens of West Virginia and enforcement of the State's consumer protection laws. Each year the Office provides approximately 10,000 consumers with mediation services to resolve consumer complaints between businesses and consumers. This Office believes the first step towards consumer fraud prevention is education. The Consumer Protection Division is dedicated to educating consumers about the latest scams and how to protect themselves against fraud and unfair business practices.

West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner

West Virginia Insurance Commissioner LogoThe West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner regulates the state's insurance industry, focusing on consumers' needs for availability and affordable insurance products offered by financially viable companies directly or through knowledgeable producers.

West Virginia Office of the State Auditor

West Virginia State Auditor LogoThe West Virginia Securities Division of the State Auditor’s Office is charged with enforcing state securities laws. The three main working groups of the division are registration, enforcement and investor education. Field staff are also available to offer programs that help citizens identify, avoid and report investment fraud.