Corporate Contributions

Corporate Contributions

Our Mission Statement

As one of the leading financial institutions in the Northern and Central California areas, Westamerica Bank recognizes our responsibility not only to provide the highest quality banking services to the citizens of our communities, but also to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

We pride ourselves in investing a portion of earned income back into the communities which we serve. One of the ways we do this is through contributions to locally based non-profit organizations providing programs or services in the following areas: health and human services, education, the arts, and civic affairs.

  • Categories & Criteria
  • General Requirements
  • Excluded Organizations
  • Application Procedures

General Requirements

Contributions vary and a range of $100 to $1,500 is typical.

Our contribution decisions are based on the individual merits of specific projects, as well as on the organization seeking funds. Evaluations are done on both new and renewal requests. Programs, population served, services offered, quality of management, other corporate support and financial conditions are all reviewed.

These general guidelines are used in evaluating requests.
  • Organizations that operate in the assessment areas where our banks provide services.
  • Project-specific proposals rather than requests for grants to underwrite operating or capital budgets.
  • Projects that improve access of excluded groups to social and economic opportunity.
  • Projects that directly address human needs, offering direct services rather than through intermediary organizations.
  • Programs promoting citizen participation and volunteerism.
  • Projects that develop leadership skills.
  • Organizations to which bank personnel are giving leadership, whenever possible.
Organizations seeking support should demonstrate programs and management practices characterized by:
  • Clearly stated objectives and long-range planning.
  • Active participation of the governing board.
  • Competent leadership and a continuity of efficient administration.
  • Sound financial principles and practices resulting in reasonable fundraising and administrative expenses.
  • Strategies and plans to move from dependency on any one source of support.
  • Accountability for its actions through regular self-evaluation and public reporting.
  • Qualified professional staff in place and effective use of volunteers.