9/20/2023 7:00:00 AM | Newsroom

Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation Awards Community Grants to 54 Local Nonprofits

Grants support nonprofits in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, and Nevada in the areas of financial literacy, college and career preparedness, small business support, affordable housing access, and family services

Second cycle of grants issued as part of $20MM philanthropic commitment following transformative merger with Columbia Bank

The Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization of Umpqua Bank, under its parent company Columbia Banking System, Inc. (Nasdaq: COLB), today announced it has awarded 54 grants to local nonprofits across its footprint totaling $310K. This is the second cycle of three grant cycles in 2023 following the official merger between Umpqua Bank and Columbia Bank in March of this year.

“The local nonprofits receiving grants have shown unwavering passion in supporting communities in need through direct-service programing,” said Randy Choy, Vice President of Philanthropy Programs and Managing Director of the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation. “We look forward to our partnership and the work we will do together.”

Umpqua’s community grants this cycle support nonprofit organizations across Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, and Nevada, and are part of the bank’s corporate giving program that has invested $18 million in communities since the foundation was formed in 2014.

“The Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation plays a critical role in partnering with nonprofit organizations that are making a difference in our communities,” said David Moore Devine, Chief Marketing Officer at Umpqua Bank. “These strategic grants underscore our continued dedication to serving as a catalyst to building healthier, financially stable, more resilient, and inclusive communities throughout our footprint.”

This cycle’s recipient organizations were selected from among many applicants who demonstrated a shared commitment in improving economic success for under-resourced individuals, families, and small businesses. Nonprofits receiving grants are mission driven and are focused on the following: entrepreneurship and business expansion, financial competency, college, career, or technical readiness, housing stability and home ownership, family engagement and resiliency, vibrant and equitable neighborhoods, and small business support and financial guidance.

The following recipients received grants between $5,000-10,000: 



Black Economic Collaborative

Black United Fund of Oregon, Inc.

Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion, and Polk Counties, Inc.

Boys & Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley

Community Action Organization (Washington County)

Dress for Success Oregon

Food for Lane County

Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington


Hollywood Senior Center


Liberty Restoration, Inc.

Mt. Scott Park Center for Learning, Inc.

Northwest Housing Alternatives, Inc.

Ophelia's Place

Oregon Coast Music Association

Oregon Native American Chamber

Phoenix School of Roseburg

Portland Workforce Alliance

Portland Youthbuilders

Project 48, Inc.

Proud Ground

Providence Community Health Foundation

Store to Door




4 Tomorrow

Community Action of Skagit

Degrees of Change

Global Neighborhood

Habitat for Humanity International, Inc. (Whatcom County)

Habitat for Humanity International. Inc. (Tri-County Partners)

Overlake Service League dba Bellevue Lifespring

Rebuilding Together South Sound

Refugee Womens Alliance

Second Harvest

Vancouver School District No. 37 Foundation

Your Money Matters

YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County (BankWork$)



10000 Degrees

Creser Capital Fund

Forget Me Not Childrens Services

Fremont Unified School District (BankWork$)

Grid Alternatives

Hack the Hood, Inc.

Nuestra Alianza De Willits

Rebuilding Together Petaluma

San Diego Center for Children

Southeast Asian Community Center

Yolo Crisis Nursery



Family Promise of North Idaho

Wyakin Warrior Foundation

The Jesse Tree of Idaho



Andson, Inc.

The Envirolution, Inc.