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Bank of the Sierra Announces $4 Million Sierra Grant Donation Milestone

For Immediate Release February 23,2024

Contact: Mitchell Lee, AVP, Communications Manager
Matthew Hessler, SVP, Director of Marketing
Phone: (559) 782-4900 or (888) 454-BANK
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Bank of the Sierra Announces $4 Million Sierra Grant Donation Milestone,
Awarded $325K to Nonprofits During Second Half of 2023
Community bank’s Sierra Grant Program provides funding to 45 nonprofits
Porterville, Calif. – Bank of the Sierra is proud to announce that it has donated more than $4
million to nonprofit organizations in its communities through its Sierra Grant Program. Since the
program’s inception in 2004, more than 1,700 grants have been awarded. Bank of the Sierra
awards grants to 10-30 nonprofit organizations each quarter as part of the program.
During the second half of last year, Bank of the Sierra donated $325,000 to nonprofits in its
communities through its Sierra Grant program. From July to December 2023, Bank of the Sierra
awarded a total of $213,000 in grants to 28 Central Valley nonprofits, $98,500 to 14 nonprofits
in the Bank’s Coastal and Southern California footprint, and $13,500 to three nonprofits that
offer services in both regions. In total during 2023, Bank of the Sierra awarded $600,000 to
nonprofits throughout the communities it serves.
Nonprofit organizations and school districts that received a Sierra Grant in the second half of
2023 include:
• Fresno County
o CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Fresno and Madera Counties
o Fowler Unified School District
o Good Dirt Collective
o Jim Burke Education Foundation
o Orange Center School District
o Sanger Unified School District
• Kern County
o Beardsley School District
o Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire
o Kern Economic Development Foundation
o Lakeside Union School District
• Kings County
o Hanford Elementary School District
• San Luis Obispo County
o Lucia Mar Unified School District
o People’s Self-Help Housing
• Santa Barbara County
o Lompoc Unified School District
• Tulare County
o Access Plus Capital
o American Red Cross of the Central Valley
o ASIAN, Inc.
o Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias
o California Council on Economic Education
o California FarmLink
o Dinuba Unified School District
o Exeter Unified School District
o Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation
o Junior Achievement of Northern California
o Lindsay Community Theater
o Porterville Unified School District
o Rural Community Assistance Corporation
o Salt + Light
o Sierra View Foundation
o Tulare County Economic Development Corporation
o Tulare County Farm Bureau Educational and Scholarship Fund Trust
• Ventura County
o Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley
o Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme
o Briggs School District
o EPIC Leadership Center
o Fillmore Unified School District
o Santa Paula Unified School District
o Spirit of Santa Paula
o Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
o Ventura College Foundation
o Ventura County Community Development Corporation (VCCDC)
• Multiple counties
o California Coalition for Community Investment, Rural Community Assistance
o California Coalition for Rural Housing
o Mission Community Services Corporation (Kern and San Luis Obispo counties)
o REACH (San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties)
“Our communities would not be the same without these wonderful organizations,” said Kevin
McPhaill, Bank of the Sierra President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are very proud that our
Sierra Grant Program has reached a four-million-dollar milestone and we’ll continue to help
nonprofits make a difference!”
About the Sierra Grant Program
Since its inception in 2004, the Sierra Grant Program has been responsible for donating over
$4.1 million to organizations that improve local communities. For more information, visit the
bank’s website at
About Bank of the Sierra
Bank of the Sierra is in its 47th year of operations and is the largest independent bank
headquartered in the South San Joaquin Valley. Bank of the Sierra is a community-centric
regional bank, which offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking services through
full-service branches located within the counties of Tulare, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Ventura, San
Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. The Bank also maintains an online branch and provides
specialized lending services through agricultural credit centers in Templeton, and a loan
production office in Roseville. Bank of the Sierra was recognized as one of the strongest and
top-performing community banks in the country, with a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial.

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