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  • Umpqua Bank Rallies Over 27,000 Votes of Community Support with Click 4A Cause Campaign
    Company Release - 09/03/2009 12:42

    Community Bank Turns Online Clicks into $30,000 in Donations to Nonprofits

    PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Umpqua Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:UMPQ), named YWCA Clark County the winning nonprofit of its "Click 4A Cause" campaign. Receiving more community votes than any other participating nonprofit during Umpqua's Click 4A Cause campaign, YWCA Clark County in Vancouver, Wash., will receive a $15,000 donation from Umpqua Bank towards their community garden project. Additionally, Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley and Kids Unlimited will received a combined donation of $15,000 toward the formation of a teen financial literacy curriculum in the Chico, Calif. area and a culinary education program for low-income kids in Medford, Ore., respectively.

    "Community nonprofits are in need of financial support now more than ever, with many receiving less funding when the need is higher," said Nicole Stein, vice president of community responsibility for Umpqua Bank. "We developed Click 4A Cause to help three nonprofits explore new online avenues to generate visibility and grow community support, while overcoming the financial challenges facing them in the current economy. We're pleased to be able to help bring these programs to life and look forward to continued work with these nonprofits as they serve our communities."

    "Partnering with Umpqua Bank for the Click 4A Cause campaign has helped raise awareness of YWCA Clark County efforts," said Jennifer Werdel, YWCA Clark County director of development and communications. "The campaign allowed us to extend our community outreach through the world of social media, and in turn provided critical funding to a project that fulfills a basic need."

    Through Umpqua's Click 4A Cause campaign, Umpqua Bank donated $1 for every online vote of support the nonprofits received during the eight-week campaign beginning on July 13. Using the click of a mouse, communities cast more than 27,000 votes to help Umpqua Bank bring the following community projects to life:

        --  Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valleyin Chico, Calif. -Donations raised
            through Umpqua's Click 4A Cause program will go toward the
            implementation of a teen's financial literacy curriculum. The curriculum
            will be available through the Boys & Girls Clubs' after-school "Be
            Smart" program and is anticipated to reach more than 810 teens.
        --  Kids Unlimitedin Medford, Ore. -Click 4A Cause contributions will fund a
            culinary education program for low-income children through Kids
            Unlimited in Medford. The program is designed to empower children to
            prepare healthy meals for themselves.
        --  YWCA Clark Countyin Vancouver, Wash. -Funds raised will go toward the
            development of a community garden in Vancouver. The garden will serve as
            a collective space for therapy, learning and rehabilitation. Vegetables
            harvested from the garden will be used by the YWCA as well as local food
            kitchens.
    
    

    Throughout Click 4A Cause, Umpqua Bank customers and non-customers alike were encouraged to cast their votes once a week for the nonprofit program of their choice at http://www.savehardspendsmart.com/Click4ACause/. For more information on "Save Hard, Spend Smart" and "Click 4A Cause," visit www.savehardspendsmart.com.

    About Umpqua Bank

    Umpqua Bank, headquartered in Roseburg, Ore., is a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:UMPQ) and has 150 locations between Napa, Calif. and Bellevue, Wash., along the Oregon and Northern California Coast and in both Central California and Central Oregon. Umpqua Bank has been recognized for its innovative customer experience and banking strategy by national publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company and CNBC. The company has been recognized for the past three years in a row on FORTUNE magazine's list of the country's "100 Best Companies To Work For." Umpqua Holdings also owns retail brokerage subsidiary, Umpqua Investments Inc., which offers services through Umpqua Bank stores and in dedicated offices throughout Oregon. Umpqua Bank's Private Bank Division provides tailored financial services and products to individual customers. Umpqua Holdings Corporation is headquartered in Portland, Ore. For more information, visit http://www.umpquabank.com.

    
        Source: Umpqua Bank
    

    Contact: Umpqua Bank Nicole Stein, 503-727-4130 nicolestein@umpquabank.com or L A N E PR Shannon Riggs, 503-546-7885 shannon@lanepr.com