On Dec. 22, Bank of America announced Girl Scouts of Gateway Council (GSGC) as a Neighborhood Champion, a recognition that includes both grant funding and leadership training.
The Neighborhood Champions program supports the role strong nonprofit leaders play in advancing economic mobility and is an extension of the bank’s signature philanthropic initiative, Neighborhood Builders, the largest corporate philanthropic investment in nonprofit leadership in the country. Alongside Tallahassee, the bank will bring the program to over 40 additional communities across the U.S. this year as part of its commitment to investing in the long-term health of communities.
As part of the program, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council will receive $50,000 in grant support and an opportunity for engagement in virtual leadership training delivered by experts in the nonprofit sector. GSGC’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Headquartered in Jacksonville, GSGC serves nearly 14,000 girls and 6,000 adults in 35 counties in North Florida from the panhandle to the “first coast.”
The latest funding from the bank will allow GSGC to expand its programming in Leon County, which will benefit at least 200 girls in eight Title 1 schools across the region. In Tallahassee’s lower-income neighborhoods, where there is a lack of safe, enriching activities for girls, it is especially important to provide programming that supports healthy development, life skills acquisition, positive self-esteem and academic achievement.
“As we consider many of the challenges that our communities are facing – from the health and humanitarian crisis brought on by the coronavirus to the need for progress on racial equality and economic opportunity – the Neighborhood Champions program is a relevant and timely initiative to support the communities we serve,” said David Hulse, Tallahassee market president for Bank of America. “This program enables partners like Girl Scouts of Gateway Council to plan strategically for growth and long-term sustainability, and we look forward to seeing how this investment helps GSGC make even greater strides to help girls develop their leadership skills.”
The Neighborhood Champions program is invitation-only for nonprofits who are poised to take their work to the next level. Leading members of the community participated in a collaborative selection process to identify this year’s awardee.
The selection committee was made up of not just Bank of America employees but also of community leaders from both the not-for-profit sector and the business community. Examples of the topics for the virtual leadership training awarded include human capital management, increasing financial sustainability, and storytelling.
“We are dedicated to building high-impact opportunities and life-changing experiences for girls from across North Florida by providing opportunities programs that increase problem-solving skills and empower civic engagement,” said Mary Anne Jacobs, CEO of Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. “The funding from Bank of America is instrumental in launching our programs in Leon County and will allow us to reach even more girls to encourage confidence in the next generation of women leaders.”
Since the program’s inception last year, Bank of America has invested $4.2 million in 84 organizations within 42 communities through the Neighborhood Champions program. The Neighborhood Champions program in Tallahassee will strengthen the bank’s commitment to advancing economic mobility and nonprofit leadership.
In addition to GSGC, the bank has this year provided more than $1,250,000 to local nonprofits dedicated to improving lives and their communities through increased access to affordable housing, workforce development, financial literacy and more.
Recent Bank of America announcements focused on advancing economic mobility include:
- Bank of America Announces Seven Completed Equity Investments in Minority Depository Institutions and Community Development Financial Institution Banks.
- $2 billion Equality Progress Sustainability Bond.
- Universal ESG Reporting; International Business Council of World Economic Forum.
- Top Global Bank on Fortune Change the World List.
- Bank of America Directs $300 Million of Its $1 Billion, Four-Year Commitment to Advance Racial Equality and Economic Opportunity.
- Expanding support of Boys & Girls Clubs of America with $1 million grant to support educational programs.
- $1 billion, four-year commitment to support economic opportunity initiatives.
- Committing $250 million in capital and $10 million in philanthropic grants to CDFIs.
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