February 17, 2022 | First Foundation Inc., a financial services company with two wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, First Foundation Advisors and First Foundation Bank, recently announced the recipients of its ‘Supporting Our Communities’ philanthropy initiative. California Capital Financial Development Corporation was named among the list of awardees.
In its ninth year, First Foundation continues to build the legacy of its philanthropy programs through an expanded Supporting Our Communities initiative that includes grants for organizations that are working on the community development pillars of affordable housing, work force development, community service, economic development, and entrepreneurship.
“We are grateful to accept a 2022 Supporting Our Communities grant from First Foundation,” says Deborah Lowe Muramoto, president and CEO of California Capital FDC. “With this support, California Capital will continue to provide business advising, training, and access to capital for entrepreneurs and small businesses, to meet the diverse needs of communities throughout our region.” California Capital’s mission is to provide capital and capacity to serve communities, which these services are geared towards.
“We are thrilled to continue our ‘Supporting Our Communities’ initiative this year and gain more nonprofit and community partners throughout our regions,” said Scott F. Kavanaugh. “As we grow we always want to stay close to our founding principle of remaining connected to the communities in which we live and serve, and develop meaningful relationships with these wonderful partners who are helping when it matters most.”
The goal of the program is to drive community growth and sustainability in low- and moderate-income communities through small business development, entrepreneurship, access to affordable housing, and financial literacy education.
This year’s list of nonprofit recipients was compiled to include thirty organizations that are focused on causes important to First Foundation. More than half of the grants were selected based on specific programmatic requirements that will fund programs and services in the community.
The 2022 Supporting Our Communities grant recipients include:
- Accessity, San Diego, CA
- Anaheim Family YMCA, Anaheim, CA
- California Capital Financial Development Corporation, Sacramento, CA
- Casa Youth Shelter, Seal Beach, CA
- Desert Arc, Palm Desert, CA
- Family Promise of Orange County, Orange, CA
- Feeding Hawaii Together, Honolulu, HI
- Gailee Center, Mecca, CA
- Girls Athletic Leadership School, Las Vegas, NV
- Habitat for Humanity of Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, CA
- Habitat for Humanity of Orange County , Santa Ana, CA
- Hart Community Homes/Monkey Business, Fullerton, CA
- Healthcare & Elder Law Programs, Torrance, CA
- Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, Las Vegas, CA
- ICA Fund, Oakland, CA
- Imperial Valley Food Bank , Imperial, CA
- Joslyn Center, Palm Desert, CA
- Lanakila Pacific, Honolulu, HI
- Los Angeles Education Partnership, Los Angeles, CA
- Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire, Riverside, CA
- Nevada Business Opportunity Fund, Las Vegas, NV
- Omni Nano, Los Angeles, CA
- Orange County Rescue Mission, Santa Ana, CA
- Orange County United Way, Santa Ana, CA
- Quiet Storm Foundation, Las Vegas, NV
- Rebuilding Together, San Bernardino, CA
- SCORE Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
- SoLa I CAN Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
- Taller San Jose Hope Builders, Santa Ana, CA
- Villa Esperanza Services , Pasadena, CA
“As the philanthropic landscape continues to change, First Foundation enhanced its commitment to connecting to our community through nonprofits,” said Sylvia M. Figueroa, Director of Community Development & CRA Officer.
First Foundation provides education, consultation, and strategic planning help to its nonprofit partners as they continue to navigate the current philanthropic environment. In addition to the cash grant, First Foundation provides in-kind professional guidance related to the organizations’ daily activities, including: fundraising; donor cultivation and stewardship; gift planning design; staff and board training; campaign planning; board building; development of critical policies and protocols; organizational planning; and counsel on ensuring best practices in their own fiscal matters such as cash management, wealth planning, and investment management.
“The strategic guidance and professional services our employees provide help nonprofits further their programs that we believe will create the types of communities we all hope to live in and take pride in.” said Emily Sukman, Community Engagement Officer.
Stay tuned for additional information about expanding Supporting Our Communities to serve the newly-entered Florida market. Given the timing of the close of the merger with TGR Financial just before year end, First Foundation plans to thoroughly examine the nonprofit landscape there and build upon existing relationships First Florida Integrity Bank has with local organizations.