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Fifth Third Foundation

Despite a challenging economic environment, the Fifth Third Foundation kept flying last year, working hard to provide uplifting support to charitable entities throughout Fifth Third’s market areas. Led by Vice President Heidi B. Jark, the Fifth Third Foundation’s resources were leveraged to provide the maximum impact for the organizations that needed them most.

The Fifth Third Foundation made over 200 grants last year to deserving organizations which work constantly to give hope to the people they serve. The grants represented nearly $3.4 million in community support of education, health and human services, community development and arts and culture.

In addition to providing crucial grant funding, the Fifth Third Foundation Office also advises not-for-profit organizations on ways to accomplish their missions in the most efficient and effective ways possible. Through site visits, grant writing assistance and suggestions for additional funding sources, the Foundation works behind the scenes to make a positive difference.

Company operations in Florida; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Michigan; Missouri; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Tennessee; West Virginia where we have BDPA chapters co-located in Central Illinois, Chattanooga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Gr Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, Lexington, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, South Florida and St. Louis.

BETF received a $2,500 grant from Fifth Third Foundation in 2008 for SITES program in Columbus OH.

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BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) partnered with BDPA Cincinnati chapter on a grant proposal that we submitted to Fifth Third Foundation. We are asking them to provide us with funding to support the chapter's Student IT Education and Scholarship (SITES) program.

Do you have any inside contacts with Fifth Third Bank that might be able to help us?
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked with BDPA Charlotte chapter president Markus Beamer to submit a $5,000 grant proposal to the Fifth Third Bank Foundation. We seek the funding to support the outstanding Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program for Charlotte-area high school students.

Wish us luck!
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with BDPA Charlotte chapter president Markus Beamer and the chapter's BETF liaison John Hoffler to create a $4,000 grant proposal for consideration by the community development folks at Fifth Third Bank. Unfortunately, our proposal was declined by the bank.

The declination letter read as follows:
Dear Mr. R. Wayne Hicks,

Thank you for your request Fifth Third Bank to provide support BDPA Education and Technology Foundation. Although wee do support the great work you do, we regret we are unable to provide the funding you seek.

While we know this is disappointing news, please keep in mind that Fifth Third Bank receives many worthwhile requests such as yours, and we make every effort to support a wide variety of programs that make a vital difference in the community. Unfortunately, we must decline many meaningful appeals for the simple reason that our funds are limited, while requests for those funds are not.

We wish you and BDPA Education and Technology Foundation much success in securing the funding needed for its programs now and in the future.

Sincerely,
Jada Grandy
Senior Vice President and Manager
Community Development

BETF hopes that our supporters will see the value of what BDPA Charlotte chapter is doing to provide science, technology, engineering and mathematics experiences for K-12 students. My hope is that you may want to support the chapter with a secure donation to their college scholarship fund.

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