BBVA Compass honors local nonprofits at 'Building a Better Houston' reception

- Bank recognizes 52 nonprofit grantees during the event

- More than 50 people attend event at BBVA Compass Plaza in Galleria area

Jan 16, 2014, 15:47 ET from BBVA Compass

HOUSTON, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass and the BBVA Compass Foundation hosted a "Building a Better Houston" reception Thursday, honoring 52 of the nonprofit and community partners it teams with to make the city a better place to live and work.

In 2013, some $1.4 million was contributed to Houston's nonprofit community directly from the bank and through the BBVA Compass Foundation and BBVA Compass Charity, the bank's employee giving program. In addition, local employees volunteered more than 8,416 hours of their time.

"BBVA Compass and its employees proudly support a number of local nonprofits and our community partners in Houston," said Mark Montgomery, BBVA Compass Houston city president. "Our support for these organizations is directly linked to our dedication to building better communities across our footprint."

The honorees included:

  • Accion Texas
  • Air Alliance Houston
  • American Red Cross
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Houston Chapter
  • AVANCE Houston
  • Avenue CDC
  • Bering Omega Community Services
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston
  • Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos
  • Children's Museum of Houston
  • Chinese Community Center
  • Communities In Schools
  • Community of the Streets Outreach
  • El Centro de Corazon
  • Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
  • Greater Houston Partnership Foundation
  • Holocaust Museum Houston
  • Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
  • Houston Area Urban League
  • Houston Community ToolBank
  • HEA Foundation
  • Houston Food Bank
  • Houston Grand Opera Association
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Houston Symphony Society
  • Houston Zoo
  • Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas
  • Klein ISD Education Foundation
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Main Street Theatre
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Neighborhood Centers
  • New Hope Housing
  • Lemonade Day Houston
  • Pink Ribbons Project
  • Project GRAD
  • Rebuilding Together
  • Tahirih Justice Center
  • Teach for America
  • Texas Medical Center Orchestra
  • TSU Foundation
  • The Arc of Greater Houston
  • The Ensemble Theatre
  • The Mission of Yahweh
  • The Summerhouse
  • The Women's Resource of Greater Houston
  • Trees of Hope
  • University of Houston Foundation
  • Writers in the Schools
  • YMCA of Greater Houston Area

More than 50 people attended the event at BBVA Compass Plaza. Houston is a key market for BBVA Compass, which is the fourth-largest bank in the city and employs nearly 1,400 people in the area. Receptions also have been held in Birmingham, Ala., and Austin and Laredo in Texas to celebrate 2013 contributions in those markets.

About BBVA Group

BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). 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 toward high-growth markets and relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. 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 best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at

About BBVA Compass

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 687 branches, including 351 in Texas, 90 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 64 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 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 lenders by the Small Business Administration and was recently awarded the 2013 Celent Model Bank Award for its new core banking platform. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at

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