Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation

Many of our customers are aware that we actively invest in our community, but this month we received an award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter (AFP), that recognizes our  corporate giving and dedication to our communities.

From left: BendBroadband CEO, Amy Tykeson; AFP Chapter President, Carol Van Natta; BendBroadband Community Giving Manager, Sonja Donohue at the 26th Annual Philanthropy Awards.
BendBroadband was recognized as Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation at AFP’s 26th Annual AFP Philanthropy Awards luncheon in Portland, on November 14, 2012.“Central Oregon communities have weathered a tough economic cycle because of the great work by many non-profit organizations and philanthropists. BendBroadband is proud to join with others to make a collective difference,” said Amy Tykeson, President and CEO of BendBroadband. “We are deeply honored to be recognized by AFP.”

BendBroadband could not have received this recognition without nomination letters from several local organizations: Deschutes Children’s Foundation, Family Access Network Foundation, Deschutes Public Library, High Desert Museum and Volunteer Connect.

Examples of BendBroadband’s 2012 outreach:

    • BendBroadband gave a considerable gift to Deschutes Children Foundation during their holiday drive because their work with organizations that protect families and children in our community is critical.
    • During Child Abuse Prevention month, we sponsored the Internet safety program at Kids Intervention and Diagnostic Service (KIDS) Center.
    • BendBroadband recognized the connection between a four-year university and economic stability in Central Oregon. We have pledged support to OSU Cascades for five years to support the development of a four-year college.

  • We partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon to help underprivileged students in our area prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. We introduced a national program called Connect 2 Compete, which provides affordable Internet service to families with students in middle school. The program also makes home computer purchase more affordable.

The award for Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation recognizes a community-minded corporate citizen that, through their foundation, corporate giving program, or employees, commits significant resources to assist organizations in meeting community needs.



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