The American Bankers Association Foundation is accepting submissions for its 11th annual Community Commitment Awards and encouraging banks of all sizes to enter their successful community initiatives. The awards, ABA’s highest honors for extraordinary community engagement, recognize innovative, high-impact bank programs that improve the quality of life for the communities they serve. The entry period for submitting nominations closes July 7.
“The Community Commitment Awards give ABA a great chance to recognize banks of all sizes for their wide-ranging efforts to improve the lives of the customers and communities they serve,” said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO. “I encourage banks across the country to submit a nomination, so that we can showcase the incredible programs making a real difference, and hopefully inspire other banks to duplicate those initiatives.”
Banks interested in submitting Community Commitment Award nominations can enter into one of seven categories ranging from affordable housing to volunteerism, while the George Bailey Award recognizes an individual non-CEO bank employee demonstrating extraordinary commitment to their bank and community.
Banks of all asset sizes are eligible to enter and submissions will be judged by a panel of nationally recognized experts in each category. The categories are:
- Affordable Housing;
- Community and Economic Development;
- Financial Education;
- Economic Inclusion;
- Protecting Older Americans;
- Supporting Military Families;
- Volunteerism; and
- The George Bailey Distinguished Service Award, for non-CEO bank employees who demonstrate outstanding service to their bank, industry and community.
Full category descriptions are available here.
Winners will be recognized at ABA’s Annual Convention in Nashville this October and featured in the Foundation’s “Banks in Their Communities” database. The searchable database on the ABA website, showcases program entries by state highlighting corporate social responsibility efforts within the banking industry. Over 500 program profiles are currently displayed from across America.
This year’s Community Commitment Awards are generously sponsored by CNote.