Investor Education and Protection Program With $500 Prize to be Launched by Four States and IPI

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NEWS ADVISORY – Residents in Alaska, Connecticut, Florida and Iowa are eligible to participate in an investor education and protection program and contest taking place September 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019. The Investor Protection Institute (IPI) will present two winners in each participating state with a $500 prize to open or add to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for 2019.

The DASH for the STASH online contest is open to all residents in Alaska, Connecticut, Florida and Iowa. The program provides investor education and protection content in a format similar to a video game. Participants join “IRA the Squirrel” on a journey, accessing four video game levels that have information related to financial advisers, investment fees, investor fraud and building a nest egg. Participants score points and advance to the next level by collecting coins and acorns and answering a quiz question related to each level’s topic. At each level, participants may read a digital poster with educational content corresponding with that level’s topic. To be entered for the prize, a participant must complete all four levels, answer all four questions correctly and be able to receive an IRA contribution. An eligible statewide winner will be randomly selected at the end of September and the end of October. Each winner will receive a $500 IRA contribution. The 2019 DASH for the STASH program builds on the success of previous programs held since 2014. The online version debuted in 2017 with 184 entries and participants from 26 States. For more information, visit

The participating states and IPI are partnering with public libraries, colleges, high schools, extension educators, workplaces and community organizations. During the DASH program, collaborating organizations will engage individuals with investor education content, encouraging them to read the digital posters, participate in the program and share with their friends, colleagues and family.

“More people are accessing information online than ever before,” said Don Blandin, president and CEO of the Investor Protection Institute. “By offering the DASH program online where noncommercial, educational content can be easily shared among social media and other communication platforms, we hope individuals and their networks will learn key investing lessons and become wise and safe investors.”

The DASH for the STASH can be played by using a smartphone or mobile device, in addition to a desktop computer.

For more information about DASH for the STASH rules, go to

The Investor Protection Institute ( is an independent nonprofit organization that advances investor protection by conducting and supporting unbiased research and groundbreaking education programs. IPI carries out its mission through investor education, protection and research programs delivered at the national and grassroots level in collaboration with State Securities Regulators and other strategic partners. IPI is dedicated to providing innovative investor protection programs that make a meaningful difference in the financial lives of Americans in all walks of life and at all levels of sophistication about financial matters.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jeanie Adkins, for IPI, (202) 796-5031 or