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October 23 2013

Bank of the West Supports HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit as a Silver Sponsor


Summit support crowns $400,000 Commitment for Operation HOPE and its Financial Empowerment Programs in 2013

Oakland HOPE Financial Dignity Center, the HOPE Inside location in Los Angeles, the HOPE Business in the Box Academy in Denver programs also receive support

LOS ANGELES, CA --- October 24, 2013 —Operation HOPE (HOPE) today announced a $400,000 commitment from Bank of the West (BOTW) for continued support of the financial dignity nonprofit’s programs and activities for 2013.  Since 2003, the bank has contributed $3.3 million and over 2,000 volunteer hours toward HOPE programs that focus on the areas of financial education and economic self-sufficiency.

"We appreciate the continued support Bank of the West has shown for Operation HOPE’s “silver rights” mission to bring economic empowerment to underserved communities," said Chief Executive Officer Operation HOPE Los Angeles and Division President, HOPE Financial Dignity Centers Lance Triggs. “Through our partnership we believe our communities are receiving the benefit of educational programs that contributes to their well-being.”

Bank of the West’s commitment provides a range of support and services to its communities through Operation HOPE programs, including:

The Oakland HOPE Financial Dignity Center

The center is co-located within a Bank of the West branch in Oakland with HOPE counselors on hand to provide financial literacy classes and one-on-one counseling.

The Denver HOPE Inside – Banking on Our Future

Bank of the West employee volunteers and HOPE, in collaboration with four Denver public schools, will host an innovative spin on BOOF by combining financial education messages with outdoor recreation activities. Operation Hope houses their Banking on our Future Program within a Denver Bank of the West Branch.

HOPE Business In A Box Denver (HIAB)

During this entrepreneurial-styled program, HOPE and the bank’s employee will volunteer in the classroom to engage students in education, entrepreneurship, and self-reliance.

HOPE Inside coming to Los Angeles in 2014

HOPE counselors will be available inside Bank of the West branches at a HOPE branded facility so they can assist with financial counseling and education. 

HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta

On November 13-14, 2013, the summit will address the state of economic well being our local and global communities.

“Our support of community organizations allows us to reach deeply into the neighborhoods we serve to provide financial education and asset building opportunities to individuals and families,” said George Stanfield, executive vice president and head of Bank of the West’s Southern California Division.  “We are pleased to be a part of programs that are making important contributions to advancing people’s lives and their opportunities for the future.”

Over the last 12 years Bank of the West has supported lower income communities with more than $79 billion in loans, investment, contributions and services to individuals, small businesses, companies and community-based organizations.

Founded in 1874, $64 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com), member FDIC and equal housing lender, offers a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 600 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 80 countries with nearly 200,000 employees.

HOPE is America's first nonprofit social investment bank and a global provider of financial literacy and economic empowerment programs. Since 1992, HOPE has worked to bring self-sufficiency and a sustained spirit of revitalization and dignity to inner-city communities through ongoing collaborations and long-term partnerships with leading government, private sector, and community interests. At the core of HOPE’s mission to eradicate poverty and empower the wealthless is a movement to establish “Silver Rights” or the right to financial literacy, access to capital, and equality of opportunity for the underserved.

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