Univest Corporation Announces First Quarter "Committed to Local" Charitable Giving Donations Totaling $172,500

Univest Plans to Contribute More than $1 Million to Local Nonprofits in 2012

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SOUDERTON, Pa., March 27, 2012 - Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ: UVSP), parent company of Univest Bank and Trust Co.SM, a full service financial institution with more than 135 years of experience in delivering financial solutions, launched its "Committed to Local" giving campaign - the initiative announced last fall to invest an additional $100,000 in 2012 to advance the missions of local nonprofit organizations and help make a difference in the lives of individuals in need right here in our neighborhoods. The announcement and first round of charitable donations was made at a press conference held today at the Central Bucks Family YMCA in Doylestown, Pa.

Univest Bank and Trust Co.SM's president and chief executive officer K. Leon Moyer explained at the conference how the initiative was developed after Univest saw increased requests for financial support coming from the nonprofit community as the prolonged tough economic cycle brought increased challenges to many local organizations.

"Nonprofits locally are losing funding streams at the same time the demand for services increases,' said Moyer. "While Univest has always supported the communities in which we serve, 'Committed to Local' is our way of responding to the growing needs this economic climate has brought to our local community. We are proud to be in a position to step up, increase our investment and partner with various nonprofits to make a positive difference in the lives of those in need."

Through the "Committed to Local" giving program, Univest is partnering with nonprofit organizations that focus on youth education and wellness development. During the first quarter of 2012, Univest partnered with 30 nonprofit organizations tied to these two areas and contributed $172,500, approximately a 35% increase over the first quarter of last year.

Five benefiting Bucks County nonprofit organizations joined Univest at the event, including the host of the conference - the Central Bucks Family YMCA, the Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic, CB Cares, Quakertown Christian School and Delaware Valley College. Administrators, executive directors, staff and teens benefitting from the support in attendance represented approximately $66,000 of the donations, a significant portion of the overall "Committed to Local" support from Univest Corporation during the first quarter. The support will help their nonprofit organizations fund new programs, keep existing programs running, offer scholarships and provide needed medical services for uninsured individuals.

Perhaps the "Committed to Local" program can also be described as providing opportunities, as the funds Univest has made available to support programs such as the 7th grade free membership program at the Central Bucks Family YMCA are positively impacting teens.

"The free 7th Grade Membership makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower youth to reach their personal potential and live life to the fullest through healthy and responsible choices," said Zane Moore, president and CEO of the Central Bucks Family YMCA. "It is during these critical early teen years that young people begin to experiment with their independence. We not only want to be there at this time of need, but also to provide these students with the knowledge, skills, character, and passion to be more active in the community as adults."

It is insightful to learn of the impacts these programs have from the leadership teams, but it is even more meaningful when you learn of the difference services make from individuals actually using the programs.

"I love being a part of the YMCA and having a chance to meet new friends from other schools," said Carmen Navia, the current teen leader at the Central Bucks Family YMCA. "The 7th grade initiative and the overall program tailored to the needs of teens at the YMCA provide amazing opportunities to many children who can't afford memberships. On behalf of the 7th graders in our program, I'd like to thank Zane and everyone involved in making this possible."

In addition to announcing its initial support through "Committed to Local," Univest also highlighted its overall philanthropic commitment to contribute financially just over $1 million to the local community and volunteer more than 10,000 hours to area nonprofits. In addition to selecting organizations and distributing funds through their traditional process, Univest is allowing the community to participate in a new way.

Univest is giving the community a chance to vote on their favorite nonprofit each quarter through a Facebook poll, which can be found on their corporate Facebook page at www.facebook.com/univestcorporation. Each quarter, Univest will identify a few local organizations tied to youth education and wellness development and allow all "friends" of Univest Corporation to vote for the winner. The first quarter poll includes area community colleges including Bucks County, Montgomery County and Lehigh-Carbon County colleges. The poll will be live by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 and continue through Sunday, April 15. The organization with the most votes will win $1,000 from Univest.

"We take our role as a corporate citizen seriously," said William S. Aichele, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Univest Corporation, who also was in attendance. "Like many businesses, Univest has a mission statement and a core value that focuses on community. While many corporations print these words, our 'Committed to Local' program is an example of how we live them out every day. Our mission and our core values aren't just statements. Together with our employees, we embrace the vision of what these guiding principles mean and what they can do for the future success of our communities."

If registered 501(c) 3 organizations are interested in applying for support from Univest's "Committed to Local" program, applications can be found at https://www.univest.net/online_univest_support.aspx. While Univest's "Committed to Local" initiative focuses solely on support for youth education and wellness development, Univest's overall philanthropic program also includes support to nonprofit and civic organizations operating in the areas of arts and culture. For more information, please contact Kim Detwiler, senior vice president of corporate communications at 215-721-8396 or email.

About Univest Corporation
Headquartered in Souderton, Pa., Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania (www.univest.net) and its subsidiaries serve the financial needs of residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Lehigh counties. For more information on Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania and its subsidiaries, please visit www.univest.net.