BBVA Compass Foundation donates $75,000 and BBVA Compass offers special products to help wildfire victims

- American Red Cross and Care and Share Food Bank receive donations

- Qualified applicants must apply for offers by Sept. 28

Jul 03, 2012, 11:44 ET from BBVA Compass

DENVER, July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The BBVA Compass Foundation today announced a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross' 2012 Colorado Wildfires Fund and a $25,000 donation to the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado in response to the wildfires that have raged across Colorado.  Wildfires have destroyed more than 100,000 acres across Colorado, forcing many evacuations. So far, the wildfires have not disrupted the 37 BBVA Compass branches in Colorado and its 21 branches in New Mexico.

Individuals and businesses desiring to make donations to the Red Cross may do so at BBVA Compass branches in Colorado or online at

"We are saddened to see the wildfires continuing to spread," said Rey Ocanas, director of corporate responsibility and reputation for BBVA Compass. "These donations are to help alleviate some of the financial stress some of our customers in Colorado are experiencing."

BBVA Compass also is making limited-time offers available to customers, among them special loan and payment deferral programs, in FEMA-designated disaster counties.  The limited-time offers are part of a disaster-relief program for individuals and small businesses affected by the wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico.  Applications for the limited-time offers may be submitted through Sep. 28.

Components of the disaster-relief program, available in the affected areas, include(1):

  • Special rates and terms on consumer and small business loans
  • Deferred payments on existing consumer and small business loans and credit cards    
  • Loan payment late fee forgiveness
  • CD early withdrawal penalty waivers*
  • Free replacement of debit and credit cards, with express delivery

For more information on these offers, call 1-800-Compass (1-800-266-7277).

In addition to donations by the BBVA Compass Foundation and the special disaster-relief program by BBVA Compass, the bank's employees are also working to help in the affected communities.  "Although Colorado Springs is facing a difficult reality, I am absolutely astounded with the community's response, especially from BBVA Compass and its employees," said Steve Self, Colorado Springs city president for BBVA Compass.

(1) Restrictions and limitations may apply. See your local banking center for details.  All loans are subject to credit approval. BBVA Compass is an Equal Housing Lender.

*Withdrawals occurring within seven days after the date of deposit will be assessed the early withdrawal penalty.

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About BBVA Group
BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The group has a solid position in Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico and has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its diversified business is geared to high-growth markets and relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. BBVA ranks among the leading eurozone banks in terms of ROE and efficiency. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies the best practices. The group is present in the main sustainability indexes.

About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates more than 710 branches, including 371 in Texas, 93 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 65 in California, 45 in Florida, 37 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading Small Business Administration lenders and was named retail bank "Brand of the Year" by a Harris Poll EquiTrend® study in 2011. Additional information concerning BBVA Compass can be found on our website,

Editor's Note: BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank. Compass Bank, member FDIC.