Our Mission Statement
As one of the leading ﬁnancial institutions in Northern and Central California, Westamerica Bank is committed to providing the highest quality banking services to the citizens of our communities and to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.
We pride ourselves in investing a portion of earned income back into the communities which we serve. One of the ways we do this is through contributions to locally based non-proﬁt organizations providing programs or services in the following areas: health and human services, education, the arts, and civic affairs. Contributions vary and generally fall in the range of $100 to $1,500.
- Categories & Criteria
- General Requirements
- Excluded Organizations
- Application Procedures
Categories & Criteria
Within each of the program areas, there are speciﬁc categories to which preference will be given.
Health And Human Services
- Housing opportunities.
- Programs for the underprivileged.
- Access to social services.
- Health care education for seniors or minorities.
- Programs for socio-medical diseases such as alcoholism, drug abuse or stress.
- Assistance to those who are physically disabled.
- Support for basic curriculums on a district-wide level for K-12 schools.
- Promote literacy, including adult and minority communities.
- Organizations operating in the ﬁelds of the performing and visual arts that are based in our service areas.
- Organizations which address social problems faced by youth, minorities, women, the elderly and disabled.
Our contributions are based on the individual merits of speciﬁc projects, as well as on the organization requesting funds. Evaluations are done on both new and renewal requests.
Programs, population served, services offered, quality of management, additional corporate support and ﬁnancial conditions are all reviewed.
- Organizations that operate in our service areas.
- Project-speciﬁc proposals such as:
- Projects that improve access of excluded groups to social and economic opportunity.
- Projects that offer direct services specifically addressing human needs
- Programs promoting citizen participation and volunteerism.
- Projects that directly address human needs, offering direct services rather than through intermediary organizations.
- Organizations to which bank personnel provide leadership or guidance.
- Clearly stated objectives and long-range planning.
- Active participation of the governing board.
- Competent leadership and a continuity of efﬁcient administration.
- Sound ﬁnancial principles and practices resulting in reasonable fundraising and administrative expenses.
- Strategies and plans to move from dependency on any one source of support.
- Accountability for its actions through regular self-evaluation and public reporting.
- Qualiﬁed professional staff in place and effective use of volunteers.
Excluded from Funding
It is our general policy not to make grants to:
Proposals for corporate contributions are accepted throughout the year, should be limited to 2-3 pages and must provide the information below. All requests are reviewed within 4-6 weeks. If additional information is needed, we will contact you.
1. A short statement of the history and accomplishments of the organization submitting the request to include:
- A geographic breakdown of the area served by the organization.
- The agency’s Mission Statement.
- The percentage of low-moderate income clientele served by the agency.
2. A brief summary of the specific project and description of the problem or issue being addressed to include:
- Amount requested and intended use.
- Target population/community and number of clients to be served by the project.
- Time schedule for implementation.
- Description of expected results and how results will be evaluated or measured.
3. Complete project budget and details of fundraising plans (include funding sources, amounts and any existing commitments) as well as total amount requested from all other organizations.
4. Agency budget for the most recent year.
5. Agency summary of services.
6. Most recent Annual Report.
7. A copy of the most recent IRS determination letter stating 501(c)3 tax-exempt status.
8. A completed and signed W9 form.
Requests that do not qualify for a corporate donation may be referred to our local branch office for consideration.
Proposals may be sent to:
Community Relations Officer A-2H
P.O. Box 1230
Suisun City, CA 94585–1230