IRVINE, Calif. – November 3, 2011 – Opus Bank (the “Bank”) and Opus Community
Foundation (the “Foundation”) announced today the Foundation’s approval of 12
grant awards to charitable organizations that the Bank and Foundation believe will
have an immediate and long lasting impact on efforts to rebuild our communities.
The initiatives receiving the Foundation’s financial support create enrichment
and advancement opportunities that directly improve the lives of individuals and
families in the communities Opus Bank serves.
Stephen H. Gordon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Opus Bank and
Chairman of Opus Community Foundation, stated, “While Opus Bank remains
focused on providing capital funding to business owners, real estate investors, and
entrepreneurs who share our vision to expand and grow, our vision doesn’t stop
there. The organizations with whom we have chosen to partner
have programs targeting specific areas of need in our communities and these
proven to be very successful year after year.”
The Foundation has awarded grants to nonprofit organizations in California and
Washington that focus on critical health issues, education, financial literacy, or the
arts. These groups include:
Blind Children’s Learning Center received a grant to support its Therapy Services
clinic, which provides on-site occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech
therapy, nursing, counseling and optometric services to help students reach their
full potential, despite their disability.
Boys and Girls Club of Fullerton received a grant to support its Academic Success
for All program, which supports its members' school success through such efforts
as homework help and school readiness, by engaging members in fun, hands-on
activities to practice
and learn reading, writing, speaking, math, and scientific inquiry.
Florence Crittenton Services received a grant to support its S.E.R.V.E. program,
which bridges the gaps in education by empowering at-risk youth to discover their
potentials through collaborative goals and achievements, and emphasizes peer
accountability and mentoring.
Fullerton Excellence in Education Foundation received a grant to support its
programs, which provide increased access to technology in the classrooms, as
well as expanded long-term professional development for teachers and staff in the
Fullerton School District.
Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Services received a grant to support its Life Skills
and Career Prep Coaching programs, which address parenting and nutritional
issues, legal services, goal setting, job retention, and work force development
training for homeless and at-risk clients.
Muckenthaler Cultural Center received a grant to support its arts education and
performing arts programs, which stimulate the creativity and imagination in
individuals through exhibitions, performances, and educational programs.
Norris Center for Performing Arts received a grant to support its scholarship
programs, which provide at-risk youth from low income neighborhoods with access
to arts education programs and to participate in high-quality performing arts
Providence General Foundation received a grant to support the Providence
Children’s Center, which provides access to health and wellness services to the
most vulnerable in society; low income families who have children with challenging
medical conditions such as Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and autism.
St. Jude Hospital Foundation received a grant to support its Care for the Poor
program, which provides comprehensive health services for the entire family,
including primary medical, dental, and vision care; counseling, and health education.
The Joyful Child received a grant to support its programs, which are designed to
protect children from sexual abuse and abduction through programs that unite and
uplift communities, empower children, promote parent awareness, and utilize best
practices related to child safety.
The Wooden Floor received a grant to support its dance and pre-collegiate
programs, which bridge the education and college access challenges of children
from low income families by strengthening their self-esteem and self-discipline, and
instilling a sense of accomplishment through dance, academic skills workshops, and
Western Youth Services received a grant to support its Anaheim/Fullerton Family
Resource Center, which offers at-risk youth from low income neighborhoods access
to financial literacy, resume building, counseling, parent education, and safety net
About Opus Community Foundation
The Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) organization established by Opus Bank on
2010. The Foundation targets its philanthropic efforts in the areas of affordable
housing, community development, education, financial literacy, critical health
issues, and the arts. The Foundation’s goal is to stimulate economic change, promote
reinvestment, inspire philanthropy, and strengthen the communities around us.
About Opus Bank
Opus Bank, headquartered in Irvine, CA, is an FDIC insured California-chartered commercial
bank with $1.9 billion of total assets, $1.1 billion of total loans, and $1.4 billion in total deposits,
as of September 30, 2011, before the impact of the acquisition of RMG Capital Corporation and
Fullerton Community Bank (“Fullerton”) that closed on October 31, 2011. At September 30,
2011, Fullerton reported $636.3 million of total assets, $475.9 million of total loans, and $473.8
million in total deposits. Opus Bank provides high value, relationship-based banking products
and exceptional service to its clients comprised of small and mid-sized commercial businesses,
entrepreneurs, real estate investors, high-net-worth individuals, professionals, and consumers.
Opus Bank offers a wide range of loan products, including commercial and industrial,
commercial real estate, multifamily residential, jumbo single-family residential, and consumer
loans; and is a Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Preferred Lender. Opus Bank currently
operates 37 banking offices, including 22 in the Seattle/Puget Sound region in Washington and
15 banking offices in Southern California. Opus Bank has announced plans to open new banking
offices in Danville, located in Contra Costa County; Encino, Long Beach, and West Los
Angeles, located in Los Angeles County; Irvine, and Laguna Niguel, located in Orange County;
Del Mar and La Jolla, located in San Diego County, California; and Kirkland, located in King
County, Washington. For additional information about Opus Bank, please visit our website: www.opusbank.com