Neighborhood Champion®

Bank of America today announced United Way of Lee County as the 2023 Neighborhood Champion® awardee for their work advancing economic mobility and building up underserved neighborhoods in Southwest Florida. Through this grant’s multi-year funding and leadership training, the organization will be able to foster more economic and social progress in low and moderate-income local communities.

United Way of Lee County is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in Lee County by providing educational services, job training, mentoring and emergency resources to those in need. Through the bank’s program, United Way of Lee County will participate in virtual leadership training delivered by experts in the nonprofit sector on topics like human capital management, increasing financial sustainability and storytelling, and receive a $50,000 grant over two years. The funding will be used to support the Community Partnership Schools program offering learning experiences, healthcare services, financial literacy information, food, and clothing to low-income students and families.

“We are thrilled to receive the Neighborhood Champion award from Bank of America. This grant and the leadership training will allow us to expand our work at our three United Way Community Partnership Schools in Lee County,” said Jeannine Joy, president and CEO, United Way of Lee County. “This program allows us to support students and their families during these challenging times. We sincerely thank Bank of America for their generosity and partnership.”

As part of the Neighborhood Builders program, one of the largest philanthropic investments into nonprofit leadership development in the nation, the invitation-only program is highly competitive. Nonprofits are selected by a committee comprised of community leaders and past awardees. Five nonprofits have been selected as Neighborhood Champions in Southwest Florida since 2019, with the bank investing $250,000 into these local nonprofits.

“Nonprofits like United Way of Lee County are vital to solving social challenges, improving communities and promoting economic advancement,” said Gerri Moll, president, Bank of America Southwest Florida. “Providing these nonprofits with flexible funding and leadership training not only positions them for sustainable, long-term success, but demonstrates our commitment to creating real change in the places where we live and work.”

Since 2004, Bank of America has invested more than $300 million in nearly 100 communities across the U.S., partnered with more than 1,600 nonprofits, and helped more than 3,000 nonprofit leaders strengthen their leadership skills through the Neighborhood Builders and Champions program.

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