Key Helps "Make it Rain" in Seattle

April 2018

Key Helps "Make it Rain" in Seattle

KeyBank is committed to enhancing and supporting the communities where we work – and live. Recently, CEO Beth Mooney and Regional Sales Executive and Seattle Market President Carol K. Nelson demonstrated our commitment by helping to distribute more than $1.9 million to Seattle-area nonprofits during the April 3 Community Impact Day. Also participating were KeyBank executives Margot Copeland, Bruce Murphy, E.J. Burke, Dennis Devine, Lorraine Vega, Don Graves and Kim Manigault.

KeyBank executives made a big impression on Seattle when they took an entire day to donate KeyBank Foundation grants to a wide range of educational and nonprofit organizations throughout the city.

Funding Education to Improve the Future

Community Impact Day in Seattle began with the announcement of a KeyBank Foundation grant for $300,000 to the University of Washington Foster School of Business’ Consulting and Business Development Center, as well as a $300,000 grant that will support the University of Washington Tacoma’s Opportunity Academy.

“I was inspired by the leadership of KeyBank and the strong, values-based culture. Your team is amazing,” said James Jiambalvo, Dean, UW Foster School of Business.

Grants for Organizations That Improve the Community

The executives had lunch at local nonprofit restaurant, FareStart, where $1 million was awarded to four organizations in the community. FareStart, which offers restaurant employment and training opportunities for those struggling to escape poverty and homelessness, received $100,000. El Centro de la Raza, an advocacy program for the Latino community, received $250,000 over three years. Low Income Housing Institute, an advocacy and action group that owns and operates housing for homeless and formerly homeless, received $250,000 over two years. Technology Access Foundation (TAF), which works to improve access to STEM education for students of color and underrepresented communities, received $400,000 over three years. The afternoon continued with a visit to Mary’s Place, which provides emergency shelter for homeless women, children and families. Key awarded $100,000 to this important organization.

KBINGs Award Grants

The Community Impact Day ended with a reception where more than 200 KeyBank staff and representatives from recipient organizations enjoyed live music from "Flashback Nation." The band included a KeyBank employee and was joined by Dennis Devine, co-president of Key Community Bank, who showcased his guitar skills for a couple of songs. The reception continued the day of giving, with grants totaling over $200,000 awarded to a variety of nonprofits. The recipients of these grants were chosen by Seattle’s eight active KBINGs (Key Business Impact and Networking Groups): Key Executive Women’s Network; Young Professionals; Military Inclusion; African-American; Asian/Pacific Islander; Hispanic/Latino; Champions of People of All Abilities; and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Allies. Representatives from the KBINGs were on hand to help distribute the donations to organizations such as Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Wing Luke Museum, 2018 Special Olympics USA, Refugee Women’s Alliance (REWA), YWCA BankWork$, Treehouse for Kids, Seattle Pride, Boots to Shoes Foundation, Millionair Club, International Community Health Services (ICHS) and YouthCare.

“All of us at the Wing Luke Museum are elated to receive your wonderful grant; thank you for supporting us and our communities,” said Beth Takekawa, Executive Director of Wing Luke Museum.