Opus Community Foundation Announces 19 Grant Awards to Charitable Organizations in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Opus Bank (“Opus” or the “Bank”) and Opus Community Foundation (the
“Foundation”) announced today the Foundation’s approval of 19 grant
awards to charitable organizations that the Bank and Foundation believe
will have an immediate and long-lasting impact on efforts to rebuild and
strengthen its communities. The charitable organizations receiving the
Foundation’s financial support create enrichment and advancement
opportunities that directly improve the lives of individuals and
families in the communities Opus serves.

The Foundation has awarded grants to 19 nonprofit organizations in
Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington that focus on economic and
financial literacy, community health and human services, safety net
services, the arts, and education for at-risk children. These
organizations include:

California:

Boys & Girls Club of Huntington Valley received a grant to support its
Twilight Education Program, which provides families the tools and
resources they need to succeed, such as English language classes for
parents and children, job training classes for parents, and homework
help, tutoring, and other enrichment activities for children.

C5 Youth Foundation of Southern California received a grant to support
its educational programs, which inspire high-potential teens from
under-resourced communities to pursue personal success while preparing
them for leadership roles in school, college, work, and their
communities through an innovative five year, year-round leadership
development and college preparatory program.

Crystal Cove Alliance received a grant for its Marine Protected Area
Citizen Science Cruises, which take 8th-12th grade
classes out on the ocean to engage in ongoing scientific research
projects. College Access Plan received a grant to support its programs,
which provide college preparation services to underserved high school
students, including assistance with college applications and financial
aid, SAT preparation courses, and study skills workshops.

KidWorks received a grant to support its University Starts Now program,
which provides low-income K-12 students college preparatory classes as
well as college counseling.

The OC Homelessness Collaborative received a grant to support its
affordable housing programs, which facilitate lowered barriers of entry
for families and individuals and shorter stays for families in the
transitional housing system.

OC Human Relations received a grant to support its BRIDGES Safe and
Respectful Schools Program, which brings together students, school
staff, and parents to create a safe and inclusive school climate through
training in conflict resolution, leadership skills, community
organizing, and public speaking.

Oak View Renewal Partnership received a grant to support its CIELO
program, which provides entrepreneurship training and mentoring to Oak
View residents interested in developing microenterprises.

Sage Hill School received a grant to support its service learning
program, which will allow Sage Hill students to partner with EB Cole
Academy, a Santa Ana charter elementary school, to build a hydroponic
garden on the EB Cole campus.

Taller San Jose received a grant to support the Anaheim expansion of its
programs, which provide the resources young adults need to transform
their lives through workforce training skills and life skills
instruction, including financial literacy, healthy relationships, and
other personal development topics.

YMCA of Orange County received a grant to support its afterschool
programs, which facilitate child development through meaningful
experiences, activities, and collaborations that build relationships and
a sense of community for students in grades K through 12 attending
schools in low-income areas of Orange County.

Young & Healthy received a grant to support its referral programs, which
connect children whose parents do not have health insurance with
volunteer medical professionals who provide needed medical care free of
charge.

Arizona:

Arizona Council on Economic Education received a grant to support its
educational programs, which provide economic and personal financial
literacy programs for low-income students and their families.

Harmony Project Phoenix received a grant to support its music education
and mentorship program, which provides low-income youth access to a
musical instrument, after-school music classes, and community
performance opportunities free of charge.

Project Access received a grant to support its youth programs, which
provide school readiness services, after-school tutoring, and enrichment
programs for elementary school students at their resource centers in the
Phoenix metropolitan area.

Save the Family received a grant to support its programs, which provide
emergency and transitional housing, financial literacy education, career
development support, budgeting workshops, parenting classes, and
self-esteem coaching to homeless families in the Phoenix metropolitan
area.

Oregon:

Family Promise of Washington County received a grant to support its
programs, which provide shelter to homeless families with children and
other programs to help families become self-sufficient.

Portland Opera Association received a grant to support its Portland
Opera To Go program, which provides fine arts performances to schools
and communities that would otherwise have little to no access to ongoing
arts learning.

Washington:

Burlington-Edison Education Coalition for Kids received a grant to
support its Back to School event, which provides disadvantaged youth
with school supplies, haircuts, and clothing.

Opus Community Foundation

The Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) organization established by Opus
Bank on September 30, 2010. The Foundation targets its philanthropic
efforts in the areas of affordable housing, community development,
education, financial literacy, community health issues, and the arts.
The Foundation’s goal is to stimulate economic change, promote
reinvestment, inspire philanthropy, and strengthen the communities
around us. For additional information about the Opus Community
Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s website: www.opuscf.org.

About Opus Bank

Opus Bank is an FDIC insured California-chartered commercial bank with
over $5.8 billion of total assets, $4.6 billion of total loans, and $4.6
billion in total deposits as of June 30, 2015. Opus Bank provides
high-value, relationship-based banking products, services, and solutions
to its clients through its Retail Bank, Commercial Bank, Merchant Bank,
and Correspondent Bank. Opus Bank offers a suite of treasury and cash
management and depository solutions and a wide range of loan products,
including commercial business, healthcare, technology, multifamily
residential, commercial real estate, and structured finance, and is an
SBA preferred lender. Opus Bank offers commercial escrow services and
facilitates 1031 exchange transactions through its Escrow and Exchange
divisions. Opus Bank provides clients with financial and advisory
services related to raising equity capital, targeted acquisition and
divestiture strategies, general mergers and acquisitions, debt and
equity financing, balance sheet restructuring, valuation, strategy, and
performance improvement through its Merchant Banking division and its
broker-dealer subsidiary, Opus Financial Partners. Opus Bank operates 58
client experience centers, including 33 in California, 22 in the
Seattle/Puget Sound region in Washington, two in the Phoenix
metropolitan area of Arizona, and one in Portland, Oregon. For
additional information about Opus Bank, please visit our website: www.opusbank.com.
Opus Bank is an Equal Housing Lender.

Contacts

Opus Community Foundation
Ms. Katie S. Ellis
Executive Director
Telephone:
(949) 250-9800
or
Opus Bank
Mr. Jeff L. Leonard
SVP,
Director of Corporate Strategy/Communications
Telephone: (949)
251-8146