Bank helps nonprofits get social-media funds



First Independent Bank is helping seven local nonprofit organizations raise money through social media and matching funds this year.

The bank’s Ready2Give program provides training in a partnership with Washington State University Vancouver’s Digital Media & Culture department.

First Independent has also pledged a dollar-for-dollar matching grant to the nonprofits, up to $1,500 each or $10,500 total, for new dollars raised through social media channels.

The seven nonprofit partners First Independent selected for 2012 are Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, March of Dimes, The Right Brain Initiative, Share, The Children’s Center, and Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools.

Nonprofit organizations that were not selected to receive funds in 2012 were also invited to participate in the 12-week social media training at WSUV.

Last year’s five Ready2Give partners also had the opportunity to attend the training sessions at WSUV.