Washington Federal helps UMOM, Care Fund with latest donations

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Through its Washington Federal Foundation, the bank’s 31 Arizona branches recently donated $25,000 to UMOM New Day Centers and $15,000 to Care Fund.

“The Washington Federal Foundation’s purpose is to facilitate direct giving to community-based nonprofits serving low- and moderate-income individuals’ needs,” according to a release.

Throughout 2018, the local branches donated nearly $70,000 to organizations and have opened the grant submission window for 2019. The goal is to donate in excess of $70,000 by year’s end, officials stated.

Other organizations benefiting from 2018 donations include: Youth on their Own, Junior Achievement of Arizona, Habitat for Humanity, Pima Community Land Trust, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Chicanos Por La Causa, Save the Family and others.

“After the passage of the 2017 federal tax reform legislation, Washington Federal announced a five-year, $5 million contribution to its foundation that supports nonprofits focused on housing, senior care and improving financial literacy.  These enhanced donations are a direct reflection of that, and we intend to do the same this year,” stated Mike Brown, Arizona regional president of Washington Federal.

In Arizona, beyond financial contributions, Washington Federal has partnered with technology provider EverFi on its Washington Federal Financial Scholars Program, a financial education curriculum designed to provide students with the skills needed to make sound financial decisions, according to the release.

The program, which launched at Metro Tech High School in Phoenix in 2013, provides schools with Everfi’s interactive, web-based financial management education tool at no cost.

Since its inception at Metro Tech, the program has graduated more than 800 local students and grown to six other schools across Arizona as well as into Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Oregon and New Mexico.

“We also have a program for younger children – called ‘Save at School’ – which is currently being offered at no cost to elementary and middle schools across Arizona, as well as a volunteer program in-house called ‘Washington Federal Focus on Arizona’ wherein we empower our team members to work together on community volunteerism and fundraising efforts together in their own backyards,” Mr. Brown stated.

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