We provided a grant to the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council in Redlands, California to help fund a new environmental learning lab at Skyland Ranch camp.

It might seem surprising that a financial institution is focused on play. At U.S. Bank, we know communities are stronger when they are connected through the arts, cultural opportunities and safe, accessible recreational play spaces. We believe in the power of play, which is why we invest in community programming that supports access to the arts, arts education and learning through play for children and adults in low- to moderate-income (LMI) communities. Last year, we invested $25 million in grants, corporate contributions and sponsorships to make play possible.

$25 millioninvested in grants, corporate contributions and sponsorships.

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Southern California Girl Scouts anticipate new U.S. Bank Environmental Learning Lab.

Our inaugural $1 million Market Impact Fund (MIF) program supports 20 organizations a year through a one-time grant. These grants are an opportunity for markets to compete for larger, strategically focused grants for women, people of color, and LMI communities.

“We look to invest our resources in areas where there have traditionally been gaps in terms of racial or income equity,” U.S. Bank Community Affairs Manager Rockette Ewell said. “And we want our investments to be a part of closing those gaps and helping people reach their possibilities.”

U.S. Bank helped fund a project that will provide the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio the opportunity to learn about renewable energy sources, forest management, astronomy, geology, hydrology and more at the new U.S. Bank Environmental Learning Lab at its Skyland Ranch camp in the Inland Empire region of Southern California.

“Environmental science is one of the areas that girls say they are looking for education in,” Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo said. “The environment is so important to our girls,” she said, pointing to specific examples of members launching public initiatives to conserve wildlife such as sea turtles, birds and more. “And it’s part of our mission statement to make the world a better place.”

U.S. Bank helped fund a project that will provide the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio the opportunity to learn more about:

  1. Renewable energy sources
  2. Forest management
  3. Astronomy
  4. Geology
  5. Hydrology

Our Girl Scouts are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and do things, because often that’s the best way to learn. That is why the U.S. Bank Environmental Learning Lab will be such a significant addition to the outdoor experiences offered at Skyland Ranch. We are honored that U.S. Bank finds us to be worthy of this gift and thank the Bank and its employees for their support.

– Cynthia H. Breunig, President and CEO of Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio
Last summer, we invested in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego to help upgrade the gymnasium and enhance play spaces.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego is an inaugural grant recipient of the U.S. Bank Market Impact Fund.

San Diego youth and community leaders celebrated the renovation of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego William J. Oakes Branch in Logan Heights.

Funded by the San Diego Padres, McCarthy Builders and a U.S. Bank Market Impact Fund grant, the first phase of the makeover includes an upgraded gymnasium with a new scoreboard and speakers, a transformed learning center into a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Lab, improved exterior landscaping and enhanced play spaces.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego CEO and President Danny Sherlock said, “We’re just getting started. Because of our partners and other caring leaders, we can continue building greater futures and opportunities for San Diego youth. This is an amazing accomplishment for everyone involved and for generations to come.”

This grant allows us to further focus our efforts on supporting organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, which are working to close historical economic gaps in the areas of greatest need.

– Manuel Rodriguez, U.S. Bank San Diego Market President