Portland Parks Foundation and Financial Beginnings Oregon were named Bank of America’s latest Neighborhood Builders winners, with each nonprofit receiving $200,000 grants, leadership training, marketing assets and volunteer support from BofA. Bank of America believes strongly in the power of “going beyond checkbook philanthropy” by providing meaningful contributions beyond just dollars, all to help nonprofits scale their critical work quicker and more strategically.
Portland Parks Foundation will use their investment to significantly increase their Summer Free For All Lunch + Play program, which brings free, healthy meals to communities-in-need during the summer months for kids who rely on school lunches. Parks will also purchase and deploy customized vehicles to deliver needed community services via Mobile Lunch + Play program in neighborhoods without good access to parks.
Financial Beginnings Oregon will use their support to establish the “Bank of America Financial Empowerment Fellowship.” Diverse fellows will receive leadership and skills training and will then bring financial education programs back into their own communities — resulting in free financial education to an additional 5,000 Oregonians each year.
“Through Neighborhood Builders, we deploy capital and build creative cross-sector partnerships to advance nonprofits addressing economic mobility and social progress issues in our community,” said Roger Hinshaw, BofA’s local Market president.
BANK OF AMERICA’S NEIGHBORHOOD BUILDERS PROGRAM