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    Citizens giving $210,000 to aid financial literacy

    The Citizens Bank Foundation, the nonprofit outpost of Citizens Financial Group, said Friday it will give $210,000 to five Massachusetts nonprofits that promote and teach financial literacy.

    Recipients include Interise, a nonprofit aimed at growing small businesses; uAspire, an organization focused on college affordability; the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts; and Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts and of Eastern Massachusetts.

    The funding is part of the Rhode Island-based bank’s new program to provide nonprofits across 12 states with $2 million.

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    “We believe this investment will [help] . . . adults and young people in Massachusetts learn to make smart decisions,” said Jerry Sargent, president of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, Massachusetts.

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    Boston-based Interise, which will receive $50,000, said the money will fund StreetWise MBA, a program that helps business owners with financial management, strategic planning, and business development.

    Alyssa Edes

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