BofA presents Boys & Girls Club $50K grant

Bank of America names Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County as Neighborhood Champion awardee for impact on community’s youth

(Serena Bettis)
Mid Valley Times Staff
Published December 19, 2023  • 
1:00 pm

FRESNO COUNTY – Just in time for the holiday season, Bank of America has bestowed an early Christmas gift on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County by naming the nonprofit as their 2023 Neighborhood Champion awardee. 

This honor could not have come at a more pivotal moment for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County as it approaches its 75th year of dedicated service in 2024. This recognition celebrates the nonprofit’s efforts in supporting some of the most vulnerable youth in the region, including children and teenagers facing the challenges of poverty, food insecurity and the absence of stable parental guidance.

With its $50,000 grant from Bank of America, the club plans to invest in training and leadership development, further strengthening its mission, according to the news release of this announcement.

According to the nonprofit’s website, bgcfresno.org, the overall mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County is to “enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

And with their after-school programs focusing on youth’s academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and leadership, the nonprofit has delivered on that front in more ways than one.

According to statistics posted on its website, thanks to the efforts of Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County and their programs such as Power Hour, Triple Play, Youth of the Year, etc., 92% of club members expect to graduate high school and are active for at least 60 minutes per day. Not only that, 96% of them have said staff give them clear expectations and opportunities they need to better themselves as people.

“We envision a future in which the Boys & Girls Club Movement is a catalyst for an age in which success is within reach of every child, and whole generations of children are inspired to achieve greatness,” the nonprofit states as part of its vision under ‘Who We Are’ on its website. 

The presentation of this generous grant unfolded at the Fresno Boys & Girls Club at 1621 S. Cedar Ave. on Monday, Dec. 18. Joining the event was CEO Diane Carbray and VP of Development Kathryn Weakland from the Boys & Girls Club of Fresno County and Bank of America’s Fresno/Visalia Market Executive Marisa Moore, along with other nonprofit leaders and enthusiastic boys and girls club members.

As noted in the release, the Bank of America stands as a global financial powerhouse, catering to individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations alike. Offering a comprehensive range of banking, investment, asset management and financial services, the company places a premium on convenience and digital accessibility.

With approximately 68 million clients, 3,900 retail financial centers, and 15,000 ATMs, Bank of America leads the way in providing seamless financial solutions. As a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across diverse asset classes, Bank of America serves a wide array of clients, including corporations, governments, institutions, and individuals worldwide. 

Additionally, the company offers cutting-edge support to nearly 4 million small business households through innovative online products and services.

Mid Valley Times Staff