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Celebrating Spring 2019 Grant Award Recipient: Bainbridge Island Senior Center

Staff and board members of First Federal Community Foundation and First Federal Bank, with staff and board of the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center: Awarded $10,000 Community Support grant for new Resource Navigator program.  The navigator program helps identify the needs of seniors and connect them to resources to address them, including transportation, home repairs, in-home and memory care, affordable housing and support groups.

First Federal Community Foundation Releases 2018 Annual Report

First Federal Community Foundation was funded in January 2015 with a generous gift of stock and cash valued at nearly $12 million from the parent company of First Federal Bank, when the bank was converted to a publicly traded company. With this gift, First Federal Bank made clear its commitment to continue its long tradition of supporting the communities it serves.

In that spirit, First Federal Community Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities in which First Federal Bank maintains full service branches. We are committed to creating broad impact in our communities through gifts that benefit charitable services, affordable housing, economic development and community development projects.

Since our inception, First Federal Community Foundation has awarded $2,861,500 in grants to nonprofit, government and tribal agencies in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom Counties. Of that total amount, $785,000 was invested in our communities during the year 2018.

Click here to view the 2018 Annual Report.

First Federal Community Foundation Recognized with Corporate Citizenship Award

PORT ANGELES, Wash., May 29, 2019 –(BUSINESS WIRE)– First Northwest Bancorp (NASDAQ: FNWB) (“Company”), the holding company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles (“Bank”), and First Federal Community Foundation are proud to announce that they were recently recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the top corporate philanthropists in Washington State. Of the 25 midsize companies that made the Journal’s list, First Federal Bank and Foundation collectively contributed $1.01 million, and was ranked #3.  Together, these 25 midsized companies contributed $12 million to Washington nonprofits.

The combined contributions of the Bank and its Foundation to Washington non-profit organizations was acknowledged at the annual Corporate Citizenship and Healthy Community Champion Awards luncheon hosted by the Puget Sound Business Journal on May 23rd at the Seattle Sheraton.

About the Awards: The Puget Sound Business Journal annually recognizes the top 75 corporate philanthropists and ranks these in the categories of small, medium and large companies.  Puget Sound Business Journal has calculated that the 75 companies on this year’s list had a combined cash giving in Washington State of $168.3 million in 2018.

About the First Federal Community Foundation:  First Federal Community Foundation is a private 501(c)3 charitable corporation funded with a gift of cash and stock from First Northwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles. The Foundation provides funding for community support, affordable housing, economic development and community development in communities where First Federal operates a full-service branch.

About First Federal:  First Federal is a subsidiary of First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB). First Federal is a Washington-chartered, community-based savings bank headquartered in Port Angeles, WA. First Federal is currently serving Western Washington through 12 banking centers; located within Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender. www.ourfirstfed.com / (360)417.3204 / (800)800.1577

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jan Simon at 360-417-3112 or email jan.simon@firstfedcf.org.

First Federal Community Foundation Announces Spring 2019 Grant Awards

Sixteen local nonprofits receive $400,000 in gifts

Port Angeles, WA, May 6, 2019– First Federal Community Foundation announces the following grant awards to nonprofit agencies that are making a difference in their communities:

  1. Jefferson Healthcare Foundation: Awarded $100,000 Community Development grant to renovate the inpatient areas of Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center.
  2. Max Higbee Center: Awarded $50,000 Community Development grant to remodel and expand facility for new primary location in Whatcom County.
  3. KPTZ Radio Port Townsend: Awarded $50,000 Community Development grant to purchase transmitter site and develop emergency broadcast center program.
  4. Whatcom Center for Early Learning: Awarded $50,000 Community Development grant to remodel new facility and expand capacity.
  5. North Olympic Regional Veteran’s Housing Network: Awarded $25,000 Economic Development grant for construction of a new retail facility that will employ disabled veterans in Forks.
  6. Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County: Awarded $25,000 Affordable Housing grant for the South County Home Repair Program.
  7. Dungeness River Audubon Center: Awarded $25,000 Community Development grant for reconstruction and expansion of River Center location in Sequim.
  8. North Olympic Healthcare Network: Awarded $25,000 Community Development grant to equip a new 7-chair dental clinic in Port Angeles serving low-income patients.
  9. Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center: Awarded $10,000 Community Support grant for new Resource Navigator program.
  10. Scarlet Road: Awarded $10,000 Community Support grant to purchase security equipment and make property improvements to enhance safety of clients and staff in Kitsap County.
  11. Camp Beausite Northwest: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to expand programming for disabled campers attending the camp’s Jefferson County location.
  12. Girls on the Run of Westsound: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for scholarships to girls from low income families in Kitsap County.
  13. Kids in Concert: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to purchase new and used instruments for programs serving low income kids in Kitsap County.
  14. Sequim Museum & Arts: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for construction of new building.
  15. Olympic Neighbors: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for developmentally disabled adult programs at new facility in Jefferson County.
  16. Recreation Northwest: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for “Parkscription” public health campaign.

With these gifts, First Federal Community Foundation has now funded over $3.2 million in grant awards since we began operations in 2015,” said foundation board chairman Norman Tonina, Jr. “We will continue investing in our communities through our local non-profit agencies as they address the economic development opportunities and the many pressing challenges.”

In 2018, First Federal Bank and its foundation were ranked #2 of the top 25 mid-sized corporate philanthropists in the Pacific Northwest by the Puget Sound Business Journal. First Federal Community Foundation makes grants to qualified agencies that provide services in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom Counties in the state of Washington.

About the First Federal Community Foundation:  First Federal Community Foundation is a private 501(c)3 charitable corporation funded with a gift of cash and stock from First Northwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles. The Foundation provides funding for community support, affordable housing, economic development and community development in communities where First Federal operates a full-service branch.

About First Federal:  First Federal is a subsidiary of First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB). First Federal is a Washington-chartered, community-based savings bank headquartered in Port Angeles, WA. First Federal is currently serving Western Washington through 13 banking centers; located within Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender. www.ourfirstfed.com/ (360)417.3204 / (800)800.1577

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jan Simon at 360-417-3112 or email at jan.simon@firstfedcf.org.

First Federal Community Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

Jan Simon succeeds Karen McCormick, who is retiring

Jan SimonPort Angeles, WA, April 3, 2019– First Federal Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Jan Simon is joining the nonprofit organization as its new executive director. Simon succeeds Karen McCormick, who is retiring from the leadership role and will remain on the Foundation’s board of directors.

Jan Simon brings more than 20 years of experience leading nonprofit organizations. In her more recent roles, Simon served over 15 years as President and CEO of the Washington Lodging Association, and most recently served as the executive director of Seattle’s Center for Spiritual Living. She has been involved in civic and community organizations including Seattle Rotary and the Ballard Ecumenical Homeless Ministry.

“We are delighted to welcome Jan Simon to First Federal Community Foundation,” said Foundation board chairman Norman Tonina. “She brings a wealth of experience, energy, and awareness of the challenges facing our communities and how we can create meaningful and lasting impacts through our foundation.  We believe the Foundation will benefit from her experience in managing financial sustainability, marketing and communications, community leadership, and her experience in fundraising from a grantee perspective.  The board would also like to thank Karen McCormick for her leadership as founding executive director of the Foundation; Karen’s tenacious leadership not only launched the organization but led to $2.9 million in grants over the last 4 years, making a serious impact in the communities we serve.”

“I am honored and delighted to join the First Federal Community Foundation as its executive director,” said Simon.  “In its first four years alone, the Foundation has already made a significant difference in improving the quality of life in Whatcom, Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties.  I look forward to working with the Board and other community leaders to continue build on and grow the Foundation’s impact in delivering benefits to the community, facilitating economic development, and enhancing the availability of affordable housing.”

Simon will join the Foundation in late April.

 

About the First Federal Community Foundation:  First Federal Community Foundation is a private 501(c)3 charitable corporation funded with a gift of cash and stock from First Northwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles. The Foundation provides funding for community support, affordable housing, economic development and community development in communities where First Federal operates a full-service branch.

About First Federal:  First Federal is a subsidiary of First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB). First Federal is a Washington-chartered, community-based savings bank headquartered in Port Angeles, WA. First Federal is currently serving Western Washington through 13 banking centers; located within Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender. www.ourfirstfed.com / (360)417.3204 / (800)800.1577

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Karen McCormick at 360-417-3112 or email at karen.mccormick@firstfedcf.org.