Designed for family and friends to help 529 plan account holders meet increasing costs of higher education
SAN MATEO, Calif., March 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Franklin Templeton
Investments today announced the launch of its new crowdfunding tool, designed
exclusively for NJBEST and Franklin Templeton 529 College Savings Plan account
holders. SpryngTM (pronounced “spring”) was developed in house to harness the
power of crowdfunding and social media, by creating a secure and convenient
method to engage family and friends in saving for future higher education
“When saving for college, it’s important to start early, invest regularly and
ask family and friends for help,” said Roger Michaud, director of college
savings for Franklin Templeton Investments. “Spryng helps put those tenets to
work by creating a seamless and secure environment where family and friends can
contribute to a child’s or family member’s college education.”
Create, Publish and ShareSpryng is designed to offer “best in class”
functionality that makes it easy for parents or other 529 account owners to set
up and use.
The account owner can create a Spryng profile in a matter of minutes, which can
be customized with a picture, personal message and information on savings goals.
Once the profile is established, Spryng generates a secure URL that can be
emailed or shared with potential gift givers via various social media platforms.
When gift givers access the gifting profile, they can choose an amount to
contribute (a minimum of $10 and a maximum of $2,500), enter their payment
method and send a personal message to the account owner. Payments are validated
in real time, and Spryng emails a transaction confirmation to the gift giver
with a thank you message from the account owner.
"Developing and introducing Spryng is part of our ongoing commitment to equip
our 529 clients with investments and tools that can help them reach their
college savings goals," added Michaud. “As education costs continue to increase,
we believe Spryng is the right tool at the right time to harness the power of
crowdfunding to help finance promising futures.”
About NJBEST and Franklin Templeton 529 College Savings Plan NJBEST is a 529
college savings plan available to New Jersey residents, and Franklin Templeton
529 College Savings Plan, is available to investors nationwide. Offered by the
New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) with Franklin
Templeton Distributors, Inc. serving as the 529 program manager, the plans
together have over $4.8 billion in assets under management.
For more information on the Franklin Templeton 529 College Savings Plan, please
visit franklintempleton.com or connect on Twitter at @NJBEST529. New Jersey
residents interested in the NJBEST 529 College Savings Plan may visit
Investors should carefully consider 529 Plan and/or mutual fund investment
goals, risks, charges and expenses before investing. To obtain the Investor
Handbook or mutual fund prospectuses, which contain this and other information,
talk to your financial advisor or call Franklin Templeton Distributors, Inc.,
the manager and underwriter for the Plan at (866) 362-1597. You should read the
Investor Handbook and/or mutual fund prospectuses carefully before investing and
consider whether your, or the beneficiary’s, home state offers any state tax or
other benefits that are only available for investments in its qualified tuition
About Franklin Templeton InvestmentsFranklin Templeton Distributors, Inc., is a
wholly owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN], a global
investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments.
Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment
management to retail, institutional and sovereign wealth clients in over 170
countries. Through specialized teams, the company has expertise across all asset
classes—including equity, fixed income, alternative and custom solutions. The
company’s more than 650 investment professionals are supported by its
integrated, worldwide team of risk management professionals and global trading
desk network. With offices in over 30 countries, the California-based company
has 70 years of investment experience and over $728 billion in assets under
management as of January 31, 2017. For more information, please visit
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