Giving back to communities in the Pacific Northwest

At RBC Wealth Management, we are dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we live and work through philanthropy, volunteerism and responsible stewardship. We are very proud that each of our branches in the Pacific Northwest Complex actively support the causes they are passionate about. We invite you to explore the information below to learn more about our community involvement.

Portland branch recognized for commitment to youth

Recently, the Portland, Oregon branch was recognized by Janus Youth Programs with the 2017 "Champions for Children" award for their commitment to changing lives and building futures for youth in the Pacific Northwest. Employees from the Portland branch have been supporting Janus' innovative programs for the past 22 years. Under the leadership of Shelly McFarland, who has served Janus for more than 20 years including several years as chair of the Janus board, and Richard Sorenson, employees have donated more than $50,000 and contributed many hours of volunteer work. Thanks in part to their support, Janus is able to change the lives of 6,000 youth every year. Janus Youth Programs operates more than 40 different programs that span Oregon and Washington and provide a second chance for at-risk youth through innovative, community-based services which enhance the quality of life for children, youth, and families.

Portland, OR branch earns top fundraising spot at Fight for Air climb

For the second year in a row, colleagues from the Portland, Oregon branch participated in the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Stair Climb event. During the event, teams climb 40 flights of stairs to help raise awareness for the millions of Americans who suffer from lung disease. Together, Team RBC Portland raised a total of $6,525, making them the top fundraisers at this year's event. In total, the event raised $87,000 for the American Lung Association that will help make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease.

Seattle colleagues help support fight against cancer

Seattle colleagues recently helped support the fight against cancer by participating in the 25th annual SummeRun & Walk. The local event raised $383,000 for the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer, a Seattle-based nonprofit funding cutting-edge ovarian cancer research, high-risk early detection screening, and other educational programs that support women in an effort to keep them healthy. RBC Wealth Management was a sponsor of this year’s event, made a donation of $5,000, and many employees also walked or ran the event.

Pacific Northwest Complex employees partnered with Rebuilding Together – Seattle

Recently RBCWM Seattle and Bainbridge Island employees partnered with Rebuilding Together - Seattle to help an elderly Seattle woman with various projects around her home.  Rebuilding Together - Seattle serves low income homeowners who are elderly, living with a disability, families with children or veterans in need.  They also serve non profit organizations in need of facility repairs.

Tri Cities branch sponsors annual volunteer banquet, hosts Secretary of Defense

The Tri Cities, Washington branch recently had a well-known visitor: Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Originally from Richland, Washington (where the branch is located) Sec. Mattis was in town to speak at the annual Tri-Citian of the Year volunteer banquet, which the Tri Cities branch sponsored. At the sold-out event with nearly 1,000 attendees, West Divisional Director Darryl Traweek spoke for a few minutes, and introduced Financial Advisor Andy Wade (COL, U.S. Army Reserves), who then introduced Sec. Mattis. Tri Cities Branch Director Brad Fisher knows Sec. Mattis personally, and invited him to visit the branch the following day. There, Sec. Mattis met with employees and family members, and a $2,227 donation was presented in his name from the branch to the Tri-Cities Food Bank.  The Tri Cities Branch hosts Secretary of Defense James Mattis (seated, third from left)