BBVA Compass Foundation Community Giving

BBVA Compass Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Sep 28, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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  • All nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) IRS designations interested in applying for a charitable grant from the BBVA Compass Foundation are invited to join one of the monthly Charitable Contributions Process Conference Calls/Webinar Presentations.
  • We require participation in one of these calls for all first-time applicants before submitting your grant request online.
  • The calls during 2018 will be held at 2 p.m. Central Time on the following Fridays: February 2, February 23, March 16, March 23, April 20, May 18, June 22, July 20, August 17, September 14
  • Please visit our registration site to confirm your participation and receive additional details for webinar login.

BBVA Compass is a leading U.S. banking franchise with operations throughout the Sunbelt region and it ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share. BBVA Compass operates 688 branches in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Texas. It ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). In addition, BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the nation's leading Small Business Administration (SBA) lenders.

The BBVA Compass Foundation demonstrates our support to the communities where we have a presence. The Foundation provides charitable grants to qualified nonprofit organizations – a long and proud tradition of the many banks that came together to create the company we are today.

Each community has unique needs and opportunities. We designate the majority of our community giving dollars to addressing these needs. Charitable grants are considered for organizations that meet the criteria described below.

Focus Areas

Community Development (including Financial Literacy)

Giving priorities:

  • Create and sustain affordable housing.
  • Delivery of alternative financial services and products to low- to moderate-income (LMI) communities through CDFIs.
  • Revitalize low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, facilitate job creation.
  • Delivery of financial education and financial literacy to children, adolescents and adults, especially in LMI communities.
  • Support entrepreneurship and provide economic development for minority and underserved groups and/or LMI areas.


Giving priorities:

  • Address pressing needs in Pre-K – 12 education through public school-sponsored or facilitated curriculum-based programs.
  • Advance Pre-K – 12 student performance through professional development, support and retention of teachers.
  • Facilitate merit-based access to higher education for underrepresented groups.
  • Support research and special programs at higher education institutions.

Health and Human Services

Giving priorities:

  • Enable and sustain independence for individuals and families.
  • Ensure access to health education programs.
  • Ensure access to quality health care.

Arts and Culture

Giving priorities:

  • Facilitate access to and participation in cultural experiences for persons with low- to moderate-income levels.
  • Ensure the availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities/venues that reflect the diversity of the community.

Environment and Natural Resources

Giving priorities:

  • Enable/sustain access to green technology and sustainable sources of energy to LMI communities.
  • Provide support for projects with significant impact on the protection of the environment and sustainable practices.
  • Promote public education about the environment and sustainability.

Diversity and Inclusion

Giving priorities:

  • Provide capacity building to organizations serving minority segments, especially targeted at low-income populations.
  • Provide for leadership development of underrepresented groups through organizations serving minority segments, especially targeted at low-income populations.
  • Promote tolerance and understanding among mainstream and minority populations.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be considered for grant funding, organizations must meet the following criteria:
    • Have a nonprofit, tax-exempt classification under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
    • Be located or provide service in BBVA Compass’ markets
      • Alabama
      • Arizona
      • California
      • Colorado
      • Florida
      • New Mexico
      • Texas
    • Have broad community support and address specific community needs
    • Demonstrate fiscal and administrative stability
    • Align with one or more of the Foundation’s six focus areas
      • Community Development (including Financial Literacy)
      • Education
      • Health and Human Services
      • Arts and Culture
      • Environment and Natural Resources
      • Diversity and Inclusion


  • Strong consideration is given to organizations with the following characteristics:
    • Exhibit significant support (through the contribution of time or financial resources) from a BBVA Compass employee(s);
    • Target individuals or communities with low-to-moderate income (LMI) levels;
    • Help build inclusive and diverse communities; and
    • Foster collaborative efforts that leverage our community investments


  • The BBVA Compass Foundation will not make contributions to support certain types of requests.
  • These include, but may not be limited to, the following:
    • Sponsorships, events or projects for which BBVA Compass and/or its employees receive tangible benefits or privileges. This includes golf tournaments, tables at events and other fundraising activities that include tickets, meals or other benefits.
    • General operating expenses for organizations that already receive substantial support through United Way or other campaigns in which BBVA Compass participates.
    • Programs of a national scope that do not specifically benefit communities in our footprint.
    • Organizations based outside of the United States.
    • Political action committees, political causes or candidates.
    • Veteran and fraternal organizations.
    • Alumni organizations.
    • Religious organizations that are not engaged in a significant project that is non­sectarian and benefits a broad base of the community.
    • An organization or project that discriminates on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, or any other status or other classification protected by federal, state or local law.
    • Private foundations.
    • Individual pre-college schools – private, parochial, charter or home schools.
    • Individual schools in public school systems (other than through efforts to benefit system-wide programs and initiatives or as a part of a BBVA Compass-sponsored partnership program).