Lights, Camera, Save Video Contest is here!

What is Lights, Camera, Save?


Lights, Camera, Save! is a teen video contest that encourages teens to educate themselves and their peers about the value of saving and using money wisely. Students enter the contest by submitting videos to local participating banks. These banks then choose a local winning video and submit it for judging at the national level.

Looking to Increase Your Savings Account?

The top three national winners will receive a cash prize of $1,000$2,500, and $5,000 to fund their savings goal! Additionally,
each winner’s school will receive a scholarship for a teacher to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference.

Think You Can Create the Winning Video?​

Check out the contest rules and contact a participating bank in your area for a contestant entry form. Don’t see a participating bank in your state, contact contest manager Jeni Pastier. Remember the contest closes Dec. 1.

Banks looking host a contest must first register participation before gaining access to contest materials.

Save Your Refund in 2018 and Win $10,000!

Partner with SaveYourRefund to Promote Tax Time Savings!

Nearly half of all Americans don’t have enough savings to cope with even small emergencies. Yet more than 100 million taxpayers get refunds from the IRS each year. For many individuals and families, that tax refund is the largest check that they will receive all year, and the perfect windfall to start or grow an emergency fund.

In the 2018 tax season, SaveYourRefund will once again offer tax filers the chance to win cash prizes for saving a portion of their tax refunds. Now in its sixth year, SaveYourRefund is a partnership between Commonwealth and America Saves that provides fun and exciting incentives for Americans to save at tax time, when households making less than $53,000 claim $100 billion in federal tax refunds. A chance to win one of two $10,000 grand prizes or one of the 100 prizes of $100 is enough to turn a saving skeptic into a savings believer.

We encourage all of you to sign up as a SaveYourRefund partner for the 2018 tax season. Some Partners work directly with clients to offer free tax preparation services. Other Partners help us by spreading the word and promoting SaveYourRefund in their communities. By signing up as a Partner, you will receive communications about the promotion leading up to and during tax season, including information on trainings, promotional materials, progress updates, and inspiring saver stories.

Sign up to be a 2018 SaveYourRefund Partner today!



2015 America Saves Designation of Excellence

TS Institute and TS Bank are one of nine banks nationally to receive this award. We are very honored to partner with America Saves and believe wholeheartedly that financial education and savings education will in fact change the American financial landscape.

Below is a description of the America Saves Designation of Excellence Award.

New for America Saves Week 2015, America Saves is recognizing banks that go above and beyond to encourage people to save money during America Saves Week with the America Saves Designation of Excellence. America Saves Week is an opportunity for banks to encourage individuals to save money – with an emphasis on reaching low- to moderate-income families. America Saves will recognize exceptional banks that succeed in promoting savings or other wealth building accounts and have high levels of accounts opened or added to during America Saves Week. America Saves will recognize not just one, but all banks that achieve excellence during the week at the America Saves National Savings Forum.


This recognition will be primarily based on aggregate account activity results during America Saves Week (either the week or the month of February). Banks will be compared with other banks of similar asset size. Specifically:

    • Number of customers opening savings (or other wealth building) accounts
      • Amount saved to accounts
    • Number of customers adding to savings (or other wealth building) accounts Amount saved to accounts
      • Amount saved to accounts
    • Number of customers setting up automatic deposits to a savings (or other wealth building)

We know that promotion of accounts is key to gaining new customers and additional deposits. Therefore, we will also take into account:

    • Account incentives offered
      • Gifts or bonus incentives for opening accounts
      • Gifts or bonus incentives for adding to accounts
      • Special interest rates for opening accounts
      • Prizes or drawings
      • Promotional methods
        • Published press release/held press event
        • Broadcast program appearances
        • Public service announcements
        • Paid or donated advertising
        • Held community events
        • One-on-one financial counseling
        • Financial education workshops
        • Reached out to business customers to encourage employees to save
        • Included information on website
        • Internal/external publications
        • Distribute posters/flyers
        • Postal mailings
        • Sent emails
        • Utilized social media

*Information used with permission from America Saves. For more information about this award please visit America Saves.

Click here to see the news release.