KeyBank’s Contributions Grow as Treehouse Continues to Expand

By Jesse Colman, Public Relations Specialist

Throughout their organization, KeyBank has shown an extraordinary commitment to Treehouse’s mission.

It all started when the KeyBank Young Professionals network, or KeYP, began organizing holiday drives in 2013. As Treehouse’s impact has grown throughout the state, so too has KeyBank’s contributions.

“Youth in foster care face some of the greatest headwinds to stability in adulthood,” said Ryan Bumrungkittikul, a KeyBank Commercial Banker and member of KeYP. “The foster care system is overwhelmed and underfunded, leaving many of their needs unmet.”

As a former foster parent, Ryan is speaking from experience. Raising a baby boy for about 14 months, his family has been directly impacted by the broad range of services Treehouse provides.

“Being a foster parent was the most impactful experience of my life and gave me the passion I have for supporting youth in foster care,” Ryan said.

That exposure to the foster care system led Ryan to serve on Treehouse’s Young Professionals Board. The opportunity has allowed him to build a bridge between Treehouse and the philanthropy efforts of KeyBank.

“We are very proud of Ryan and his work with Treehouse,” said Carol Nelson, KeyBank’s Pacific Regional Sales Executive and Seattle Market President. “He has really been able to engage KeYP to join his efforts and truly make a difference.”

In 2017, KeYP’s engagement with Treehouse was amplified by a donation from Key Foundation for the organization’s Graduation Success program. This year that financial commitment was doubled when Treehouse received a $10,000 grant as part of KeyBank’s Community Impact Day.

“KeyBank is committed to the communities in which we serve, and we care deeply for our young people,” Carol said.

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Jesse Colman is the Public Relations Specialist for Treehouse. He is passionate about building relationships, storytelling and community development.

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