Partner Spotlight: U.S. Bank

Special Olympics Oregon is honored to be one of the many nonprofits that has received critical support from U.S. Bank during a year when we’ve all watched our revenue streams be impacted by a global pandemic. At the core of U.S. Bank is the philosophy that people deserve the opportunity to dream, believe, and achieve – which perfectly aligns with Special Olympics Oregon’s mission of using sport as a platform to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. “I’m inspired by the many nonprofit partners U.S. Bank engages with throughout the year”, shared Karen Kervin, Vice President and Community Affairs Manager. “There is great need in the community right now, and this need is being met by nonprofit organizations.”


Karen has been actively following Special Olympics Oregon’s rebuild over the last two years and saw an opportunity to come alongside the organization to relaunch and refresh one of its most beloved events – Breakfast with Champions. With engagement from Stacey Dodson, Market President overseeing Portland, Oregon and SW Washington, and Lance Rudge, Consumer and Business Banking Market Leader, U.S. Bank became the event’s presenting sponsor. On the morning of October 14th from 8:00 – 9:00, all Oregonians are invited to start their day at home with a virtual program that promises to be as joyful as it will be inspiring. Thanks to U.S. Bank, Special Olympics Oregon athletes have been empowered to curate the program content and will be hosting the show to give the audience a glimpse into their lives. It’s an hour you won’t want to miss – and all are welcome to join.


On behalf of the entire Special Olympics Oregon family, we thank U.S. Bank for the tremendous impact they make in our program and throughout our state. When asked what she loves most about the work she does, Karen said that “it’s an honor to support nonprofit work through U.S. Bank Foundation grants. I am particularly proud of the $650,000 we invested this year with eight local, BIPOC-led, nonprofit organizations that are addressing needs exacerbated by systemic racial inequities in small business, housing and workforce advancement. These grants were awarded as operating funds because we trust community leaders to know how, when and where to use these funds for the greatest impact.”


We hope to see everyone for the Breakfast with Champions presented by U.S. Bank next week!


For more details and to register, please visit our website >> BWC: Info + Registration.