Successful Connection Story: MainSource Bank Donates Computers to CASI through findCRA

In celebration of the 2014 holiday season, findCRA is excited to share the generosity of MainSource Bank, who stepped up and donated 15 corporate computers to Community Action of Southern Indiana (CASI)!  While searching though findCRA’s online project listing, MainSource discovered that CASI needed office equipment and supplies for their […]

2014 NICRC: Five Important Lessons Learned

Looking over notes from the 2014 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference, certain themes recurred throughout the sessions.   The following is our list of the five most important insights for bankers. Are the right people involved in your CRA program? As the CRA Officer, do you have the appropriate level of […]

CRA Officer’s Examination Myth Dispelled

MYTH:  “Mortgage loans are all that count towards my CRA lending performance.” Let’s be honest, regulators will review a bank’s mortgage lending data as a key indicator of CRA lending performance.  But while mortgage data is key to developing and supporting your CRA efforts, it’s not the only way you can get CRA […]

2014 NICRC: An Inside Look

So what does a T-Rex skeleton have to do with CRA and community development?  Not much, really.  Is it a captivating image that sums up my experience at the 2014 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference?  Absolutely.  Everything about this event was new and fascinating to me, while at the same […]

The Dreaded Downgrade

The two years since your last CRA examination have been great.  The bank’s lending is exceeding peer averages in your assessment area.  Financial contributions for community development purposes are the highest in the bank’s history.  Every employee volunteered or taught a financial literacy course.  A Satisfactory CRA rating is guaranteed […]

2014 NICRC: Gearing Up…

Just in time for the launch of findCRA.com, the 2014 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference was held in Chicago from March 31st to April 2nd.  For those involved with CRA and community development, this is THE event to attend.  Participants not only have the opportunity to network with the most advanced practitioners and agency professionals in […]