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January 01 2007

HOPE's Silver Rights Movement Gets Holiday Boost With $200,000 Individual Donor Commitments

“Seeing how these children have directly benefited from HOPE’s award winning financial literacy program, Banking on Our Future, personally touched Barbara and I,” said William Hanna about the family’s $100,000 gift to advance HOPE’s “silver rights” movement.   

The Hanna’s unexpected $100,000 gift and $100,000 matching donation from personal family friend, Violet Jacob of the Jacob Family Foundation, is the result of their commitment to helping young people break the cycle of poverty in underserved communities. With the goal of financially empowering students attending public schools in the Inglewood Unified School District, the Hanna Family was on hand as Inglewood Mayor Roosevelt Dorn headlined a ceremony where 6th, 7th and 8th graders also had an opportunity to meet state and local elected officials.“The City of Inglewood is grateful to William and Barbara Hanna and the Jacob Family for this investment in our community’s future,” said Mayor Dorn.

In his twelve years on the national board, William Hanna has been an integral part of HOPE’s continued growth. A member of the Executive Board, he also chairs HOPE’s Audit Committee and serves on the Executive Compensation and Benefits Committee. Currently, Mr. Hanna is the president and chief executive officer of Pacific Western Bank’s Los Angeles Region. 

“We’ve enjoyed wonderful partnerships over the years with entities such as Citi and Comerica Bank,” said Mary Haggerty, Senior Vice President and Chief of Financial Literacy Initiatives at Operation HOPE. ”But to have individuals display such confidence in the work we’re doing is not only gratifying, but extremely humbling.” HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant added, “This incredible family and the Jacob Family Foundation exemplify the true spirit of giving. It is our hope that others are inspired to match their financial commitments to help us in our quest to inspire self reliance and personal empowerment.”