May 1, 2018

ABA: Community Commitment Awards Submissions Currently Open with ABA Foundation

Deadline for entries is June 29

 The American Bankers Association Foundation is requesting submissions for its annual Community Commitment Awards to recognize banks’ essential involvement in their communities.
The awards will honor innovative, high-impact bank programs that improve the quality of life for the customers and communities they serve. The entry period will extend to June 29.
Now in its sixth year, the Community Commitment Awards have honored banks for efforts ranging from teaching financial literacy lessons at women’s correction facilities to purchasing and donating solar panels to local nonprofits.
Bank of the Rockies, N.A., Clyde Park, Mont., a 2017 Community Commitment Award winner in the protecting older Americans category, was recognized for CONversations About Cons program, which educates seniors and their financial caregivers about the dangers of elder financial abuse.
“Keeping our customers and their money safe is a top priority for our bank,” said Mike Grove, president of Bank of the Rockies, N.A. and ABA Foundation board member. “We are thrilled to be recognized for our efforts and believe this award reflects our commitment to the communities we serve.”
Banks of all asset sizes are eligible to enter and submissions will be judged by a panel of nationally recognized experts. The ABA Community Commitment Awards for 2018 will recognize excellence in seven categories:
  • Affordable Housing;
  • Community and Economic Development;
  • Economic Inclusion;
  • Financial Education;
  • Protecting Older Americans;
  • Volunteerism; and
  • The George Bailey Award, for non-CEO bank employees who demonstrate outstanding service to their bank, industry and community.
For full category descriptions, please click here.
Award winners will be recognized in a ceremony during ABA’s Annual Convention in New York City, Oct. 21-23. All awardees will receive a complimentary registration to the convention.
All Community Commitment Award entries will be displayed on the ABA Foundation’s “Banks in Their Communities” map – an interactive, searchable map on that showcases all program entries by state.  The map serves as a database for corporate social responsibility efforts in the banking industry and currently features over 900 program profiles from across America.
For an entry form or a list of past winners, visit For more information, contact Melissa Murray at mmurray@aba.comor 202-663-5440.
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $17 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $13 trillion in deposits and extend nearly $10 trillion in loans. Learn more at
Through its leadership, partnerships, and national programs, ABA’s Community Engagement Foundation (dba ABA Foundation), a 501(c)3, helps bankers provide financial education to individuals at every age, elevate issues around affordable housing and community development, and achieve corporate social responsibility objectives to improve the well-being of their customers and their communities.
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