BOISE; Nov. 27, 2013 — Two Treasure Valley women were selected to receive 2013 Smart Women Grants from Zions Bank: Lori Fascilla of Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers and Alicia Vanderschuere of rosieMADE. The women each received a $3,000 award, which was presented Nov. 26 by Toni Nielsen, Zions Bank Western Idaho Region President.
Having been selected to receive the grant in the category of child and elder care, Giraffe Laugh will deploy the funds to provide scholarships to low-income, single teen mothers at the Marian Pritchett School in Boise so that they can have quality care for their infants. More than half of the children served by Giraffe Laugh come from economically disadvantaged homes, and 88 percent of these families are females heading their own households.
Offering products made in the USA by women-friendly companies, Meridian-based rosieMADE received the grant in the business category. Vanderschuere will use the grant to redesign the community page of www.rosiemade.com to drive more traffic to its web site. rosieMADE is a woman-owned company working to increase the number of women engaged in entrepreneurship, increase wages and jobs for Americans and promote the accomplishments of women while supporting their advancement.
“We are thrilled to support these talented women who are making a difference in their communities every day,” Nielsen said. “Their accomplishments are proof of the positive and significant impact a woman can make when she has a vision.”
Zions Bank’s Women’s Financial Group awards the micro-grants to projects that promote the empowerment of women or directly benefit women or low-income and underserved populations in Idaho and Utah.
This year, Zions Bank will award six Smart Women Grants totaling $18,000. Three recipients from Idaho and three from Utah were selected from more than 120 applicants. Over nine years, the bank has awarded more than $180,000 through the Smart Women Grants.
Grants are awarded in the following categories: small business start-up and expansion, community development, continuing education and teacher support, child and elder care, health and human services and arts and culture.
As Idaho’s original financial center for women, Zions Bank’s Women’s Financial Group created the grants as an extension of their ongoing commitment to empower women in achieving financial independence.
About Zions Bank
Zions Bank, a subsidiary of Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION), is Utah’s oldest financial institution and operates 124 full-service financial centers in Utah, Idaho and Jackson, Wyoming. In addition to offering a wide range of traditional banking services, Zions Bank is also a leader in small business lending and has consistently ranked as the No. 1 lender of U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) loans in Utah for the past 22 years and Idaho’s Boise District for the past 14 years. Founded in 1873, Zions Bank has been serving the communities of the Intermountain West for more than 140 years. Additional information is available at www.zionsbank.com.