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Philanthropy Awards

Bank of the West Celebrates Philanthropy.

Bank of the West honored winners at its seventh annual Philanthropy Awards, giving grants of $100,000 each to Ashoka and Community Resources Housing Development Corporation (CRHDC) for the Innovation Award and Community Impact Award, respectively. The Philanthropy Awards recognize nonprofit organizations for enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families in the regions the Bank serves.

Photo L-R: Jenny Flores, Bank of the West Head of Community Affairs; Konstanze Frischen, North America Lead, Ashoka; Michael Zakaras, Director Strategy and Partnerships, Ashoka; Robin Wolff, Deputy Director, CRHDC; Pierre Ramadier, Bank of the West Head of Wealth Management.

Global nonprofit Ashoka was the winner in the Innovation Award category.

Global nonprofit Ashoka was the winner in the Innovation Award category for its pioneering network of social entrepreneurs in the fields of poverty alleviation, education, environmental stewardship, economic development and other areas of human need. Ashoka continually expands its network and practice by annually identifying and investing in "change-makers" who become Ashoka Fellows. For 35 years, Ashoka has identified and supported more than 3,000 Fellows in 70 countries, including more than 200 in the United States, by providing living stipends and the means to help them grow their ideas. Michael Zakaras, Director Strategy and Partnerships, Ashoka

Colorado-based Community Resources and Housing and Development Colorado-based Community Resources and Housing and Development (CRHDC) was the winner in the Community Impact category. The nonprofit was founded in 1971 to address the lack of adequate housing for migrant farmworkers in rural Colorado.  Since then, CRHDC has expanded its mission to address urban and rural needs state-wide and has built more than 2,100 homes and provided technical assistance toward the development of 500 units of farm worker housing. The nonprofit educates more than 800 individuals annually toward the goal of sustainable homeownership and financial capability.
Al Gold, Executive Director, CRHDC

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About the Bank of the West Philanthropy Awards
Since 2010 the Bank of the West Philanthropy Awards have recognized outstanding examples of organizations and individuals who are making a difference in their communities. The Philanthropy Awards program represents one component of the Bank's dedication to engaging its financial and human resources to improve its communities. In the last five years, the Bank has provided $28 million in philanthropic contributions. In 2015, Bank of the West supported more than 600 nonprofit organizations within its footprint.

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