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Community Impact

Building our Community Legacy

Each one of us at Baker Boyer is deeply committed to the communities we serve. Professionally, that means we do our best to create solutions uniquely tailored for our clients.  Personally, that means we volunteer our time, lend our expertise, and donate funds to the organizations, programs, and events that make our community strong and vibrant. 

Contributions and Sponsorships

As a bank, Baker Boyer supports hundreds of organizations each year through contributions and sponsorships. Some of these are long-term relationships with organizations and events like Frontier Days in Walla Walla, the Trios Foundation scholarships in Kennewick, and the Yakima Town Hall speaker series. We support dozens of school and youth teams and clubs. And our employees make personal contributions through our annual United Way campaign, supported by corporate matching gifts. 

In 2016, Baker Boyer introduced an addition to their community gifting program to strengthen its mission to help build local legacies. The Legacy Giving Program is designed to help alleviate some of the costs of building a non-profit organization’s legacy. You can learn more about the Legacy Gift Program here, and see profiles of prior recipients below. 

Volunteering

Baker Boyer employees are actively involved in dozens of community organizations. Some serve on Boards of local nonprofits. Some are active members of organizations like Rotary, Exchange Club, and Elks. Many more serve as coaches, classroom volunteers, and mentors. See below for our Featured Community Volunteer. 

Making A Difference

178

Baker Boyer made charitable gifts and sponsorships to 178 organizations last year. 

$100,000+

Baker Boyer's corporate gifts to community nonprofit and civic organizations, programs, and events totaled more than $100,000 in 2017. 

50%

To support employee's giving during the annual United Way campaign, Baker Boyer matches 50% of each gift. 

FIVE

Number of major grants awarded so far through Baker Boyer's new Legacy Gift Program.

Legacy Grant Recipients

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Walla Walla YMCA

This $25,000 legacy donation will help to refurbish and expand the Harmony Room/Learning Center. This project will increase the current space by 1,600 square feet for preschool, after-school child care, and summer camp. These programs are essential to serve working families in the Walla Walla Valley.

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Blue Mountain Action Council

BMAC received a grant of $20,000 for the new Walla Walla Teen Center. The Center is open to all youth in need, regardless of current or former address or school district. It will include an Early Head Start Program, a medical clinic for youth, a youth shelter with flexible program space, a youth employment specialist, and individual and group substance abuse services. 

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Providence St. Mary Foundation

This $50,000 contribution is pledged over five years toward the Cancer Survivorship Clinic project. The Survivorship Clinic fills an important unmet need by providing a treatment plan for patient wellness and quality of life for those who experience cancer, including programs to help family, friends, and caregivers. 

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Christian Aid Center

This $25,000 contribution toward the construction of their new 17,000 square-foot Center for Women and Children will help Christian Aid Center provide more effective programming for homeless women and children. 

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Featured Community Volunteer: Susie Colombo

Susie Colombo Named Woman of the Year

Susie Colombo received the 2017 Award of Merit recipient and the Walla Walla Valley’s Woman of the Year from the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce. Susie is a Vice President and Family Advisor at Baker Boyer in Walla Walla. Over the past 35 years, she has been an active participant and generous member of the Chamber of Commerce, Exchange Club and Providence St. Mary Foundation.