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CHARITY & PHILANTHROPY
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Opus Bank honors 11 charities with financial grants

Five Orange County nonprofit organizations are among the recipients.

By Elaine MurphyPublished: March 21, 2012 07:30 AM

The Opus Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization established by Irvine-based Opus Bank, will award grants to 11 charities and organizations in California and Washington, including five groups in Orange County.

YMCA of Orange County and the Irvine Children’s Fund will receive money for their before- and after-school childcare programs for low-income students. The MIND Research Institute will receive support for its Math Initiative program, created for K-12 schools located in low-income neighborhoods; the program improves math and science skills, and reduces the language barrier for English learners. The Opus grants will also support medical programs and research at CHOC Children’s.

The Orangewood Children’s Foundation will put the money toward the construction of The Academy, a new residential Santa Ana charter school that will provide a learning environment with support, stability and a sense of community to at-risk and foster teens. 

“While Opus Bank remains focused on providing capital funding to business owners, real estate investors and entrepreneurs who share our vision to expand and grow, our vision doesn’t stop there,” said Stephen H. Gordon, CEO of Opus Bank and chairman of the Opus Community Foundation. “The organizations with whom we have chosen to partner have programs targeting specific areas of need in our California and Washington communities. These programs have consistently proven to be very successful and have shown great results.”


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