Washington Federal Foundation awards more than $30,000 in Arizona grants

Washington Federal team photo (submitted photo)

Washington Federal team photo (submitted photo)

Scottsdale’s own Washington Federal, a full-service national banking institution with more than 30 branches across Arizona, has announced it recently awarded more than $30,000 to several dozen nonprofit organizations statewide through its Washington Federal Foundation corporate giving program.

The mission of the Washington Federal Foundation is to facilitate direct giving to community-based nonprofits serving the needs of low and moderate-income individuals, according to a press release.

“Washington Federal believes that the relationships we have with our local communities are as important as those we share with our clients, stockholders and employees. We believe we have an obligation to operate in a responsible, sustainable manner which supports the health and vibrancy of the communities we serve,” stated Mike Brown, Arizona regional president of Washington Federal, in the release. “It is with this goal that the Washington Federal Foundation was founded.”

According to Mr. Brown, the Washington Federal Foundation is focused on making contributions that benefit nonprofits focused on housing and community development; senior citizens and low-income families; and financial literacy. Just some of the Arizona organizations that benefited from the grant program in recent months include:

  • Arizona YMCA Metropolitan Phoenix
  • Boys & Girls Club of Bisbee
  • Central Arizona Shelter Services
  • Chicanos Por La Causa
  • Community Food Pantry
  • Douglas Area Food Bank
  • Habitat for Humanity Tucson
  • Nogales Community Food Bank
  • Pima County Community Land Trust
  • Take Charge America
  • Verhelst Recovery House
  • Yuma Community Food Bank

In addition to these contributions, Washington Federal also reported its team raised a record $515,900 – including $45,883 locally –  through its annual United Way giving campaign, which was co-chaired on a national level by Arizona vice president and division manager Paris Davis.

“As employees, we have the opportunity to serve the most vulnerable people in the communities where we live, work and raise our families. We can make a positive difference in someone’s life. Our company thrives on team collaboration in our day-to-day operations; and we take the same approach with the United Way giving campaign,” stated Ms. Davis, noting the total donation will impact 62 individual United Way agencies across eight states.

For more information, or to apply for a local grant, visit www.washingtonfederal.com and click on “community relations” or call 541-880-5228 and ask for the community relations team.

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