Here’s What the Opus Community Foundation Cares about in California Right Now

We’ve recently covered the philanthropy of Opus Bank as it relates to the nonprofit sectors in Arizona and Los Angeles. Like many bank funders, it has considered financial literacy to be a big deal in recent grant cycles. However, other areas of recent funding include topics like affordable housing, community revitalization, education, community health, human services and the arts.

Well, the Opus Community Foundation just came out with an announcement of its newest round of 26 grants to nonprofits in Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington.

For our local grantseekers, let’s take a closer look at what has caught Opus’ attention in California lately.

Financial Literacy

This is a big area of funding for Opus in California lately, and the most recent grant cycle was no exception.

Opus awarded a grant to the Affordable Housing Clearinghouse for its financial literacy programs, as well as to the California Council on Economic Education, so it can expand its economic and personal finance programs. The grant to Hands Together is going toward financial literacy programs, as well as job skills, parenting skills and English language skills training.

Out-of-School Youth Programs

Opus has funded more out-of-school programs than in-school programs in California lately.

It awarded a grant to A Place Called Home for after-school and summer programs for youth in Los Angeles and also to Girls Inc. of Orange County for an all-day summer program with a STEM focus. Another after-school grant went to Volunteers of America Southwest for its Chula Vista program providing tutoring and enrichment activities for low-income housing community students.

Transitional Living

Opus has lately prioritized vulerable populations that are in transition in California.

The foundation awarded a grant to the Long Beach Crime Prevention Fund recently to support its re-entry and rehab programs, which help ex-gang members receive tattoo removal procedures to give them a better chance at finding jobs. Another new transitional living grant went to Pathways of Hope to help homeless families and individuals in Orange County gain the life skills they need to become stable and find jobs.

All this means that the bulk of Opus' support has gone to groups in California lately, followed by the state of Washington. In fact, 15 of the most recent 26 grants went to California nonprofits, many of which are in Southern California and Los Angeles County. For comparison, only two of the 26 recent Opus grants went to Arizona nonprofits during the most recent grant cycle, and only one grant went to an Oregon nonprofit. This is good news for Los Angeles area organizations, which seem to have a steady hold on Opus’ attention, for now.

To learn more about this funder, check out IP’s full guides linked below and visit the foundation’s website. The FAQ section is a good resource, and specific questions about applying for a grant can be directed to GrantApps@opuscf.org.

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