- Organizations: Six total organizations were recognized as recipients at a ceremonial breakfast
- Donations: Grants are part of the bank's overall commitment to community development across its U.S. footprint
- 2019 giving: BBVA gave a total of $44,685 in grants and sponsorships in 2019 to Bryan-College Station community organizations
BRYAN, Texas, Jan. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A total of six community organizations in the Bryan-College Station area were awarded a sum of $22,500 in grants from the BBVA USA Foundation during a breakfast presentation on Thursday.
The foundation check, presented by BBVA USA Bryan-College Station City President Amos McDonald, were given to the Blinn College Foundation, the Brazos Valley Certified Development Corporation, Brenham ISD Education Foundation, Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity, Voices for Children, Inc., and Walker Montgomery CDC. The money was donated for various purposes, including a facility maintenance training program, a financial fitness center, and new construction projects, among other items.
"The organizations that received these grants all have a common denominator," said McDonald. "They all have exemplary track records of focusing on what the community needs, and being proactive in delivering those needs. BBVA does business in multiple markets across its U.S. footprint, and in each of those markets, we are committed to investing in those areas and their development. It's my privilege to hand these checks to organizations that have that same mission."
The breakfast, held at the Center for Regional Services, included 75 people from multiple organizations, and bank leadership in the College Station-Bryan market. The donation allocation for each grant recipient is as follows:
- Blinn College Foundation ($2,500) - Provides financial support for programs and activities that enhance the quality of education for Blinn College students, and expands educational opportunities for communities throughout the Blinn College District.
- Brazos Valley Certified Development Corporation ($7,500) - Provides quality services and products to the residents and businesses of our community in such a way as to maximize the affordability of safe and decent housing, especially for the low income.
- Brenham ISD Education Foundation ($2,500) - Generates and distributes resources to Brenham ISD to enrich and expand programs needed to meet the District's stated mission of excellence in education.
- Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity ($2,500) - Brings people and the community together to build safe, affordable homes in the local area.
- Voices for Children, Inc. ($5,000) - Improves the lives of children in foster care through powerful volunteer advocacy. VFC trains and supports community volunteers to be the voice for children in court, in schools, at home and in the community.
- Walker Montgomery CDC ($2,500) - Expands affordable housing in the area for low- to moderate-income families.
The grants are also part of the bank's overall commitment to community development across its U.S. footprint. In October 2019, BBVA USA pledged to put nearly $15.5 billion in lending, investments and services toward supporting its communities over the next six years in an aim to boost economic development in the areas it serves.
In 2019, BBVA gave a total of $44,685 to 13 organizations in the Bryan-College Station area. That figure represents both grant and sponsorship giving. The $22,500 donation is a major milestone for the market, its communities, and also for the relatively new city president in Amos McDonald, who was hired to his current position in April.
A sixth generation Texan, McDonald joined BBVA in 2008 and progressed within the company, taking positions in Austin and Houston. In Austin, he served as a District Sales Manager for Austin and Central Texas. He then quickly advanced to the Small Business Sales Specialist for South and East Texas. His most recent position was the District Retail Executive for the Texas region.
McDonald is also active in his community, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Bryan/College Station, Bryan Rotary, Brazos Valley Food Bank, 1 Million Cups-College Station, American Red Cross - Heart of Texas, Startup Aggieland, and the Brazos Valley Affordable Housing Corporation.
For more financial information about BBVA in the U.S., visit bbvausa.investorroom.com.
BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a strong leadership position in the Spanish market, is the largest financial institution in Mexico, it has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States. It is also the leading shareholder in Turkey's Garanti BBVA. Its purpose is to bring the age of opportunities to everyone, based on our customers' real needs: provide the best solutions, helping them make the best financial decisions, through an easy and convenient experience. The institution rests in solid values: Customer comes first, we think big and we are one team. Its responsible banking model aspires to achieve a more inclusive and sustainable society.
In the U.S., BBVA is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 641 branches, including 330 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 63 in Arizona, 61 in California, 44 in Florida, 37 in Colorado and 17 in New Mexico. The bank ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (6th). In the U.S., BBVA has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and ranked 8th nationally in terms of dollar volume of SBA loans originated in fiscal year 2018.
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