ABA Foundation Community Commitment Awards


Community Commitment Awards

2016 Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 winners who were honored at the ABA Annual Convention, October 16 and 18 in Nashville, Tennessee. Bank  programs submitted for this year's awards can be viewed on the ABA Foundation's Banks in Their Community​ interactive map.

Affordable Housing

  • National Cooperative Bank, Arlington, Virginia for its ROC USA Financing Program, which provides purchase financing for resident-owned manufactured home communities (ROCs). The program offers affordable long-term fixed rate financing and technical assistance to low and moderate-income residents in the community, enabling them to buy and own homes, improve their communities and remain long-term stewards of their neighborhoods.

Community and Economic Development

  • TD Bank, Baltimore, Maryland for its East Baltimore Historic Program, which has helped to improve market and neighborhood conditions in East Baltimore. Since its inception, the program has invested more than $40 million to fund the redevelopment of 175 new or rehabilitated homes and consolidated more than 100 vacant lots. The program has helped significantly reduce abandonment rates, improve safety, stimulate market growth and enhance the overall look of the community.

Financial Education

  • Triumph Bank, Memphis, Tennessee for its Personal Financial Management with the Boy Scouts of America Program. The program empowers boy scouts from low to moderate-income communities by providing them with in-depth, personal financial education on topics such as saving, setting financial goals, paying for college and the difference between renting and buying a home. The program aims to improve the socioeconomic status of the boy scouts and their families by helping them make well-informed financial decisions.

Nontraditional Borrower and Underbanked

  • TheBANK of Edwardsville, Fairmont City, Illinois for its Fairmont City Branch Program, which established the first, full-service bilingual banking center in the St. Louis area. The bank provides products and services specifically catering to the needs of the Hispanic population, helping families cash their checks, save money, access car loans and achieve homeownership.

​Protecting Older Americans

  • Montecito Bank, Santa Barbara, California for its Preventing Elder Financial Abuse Program, which helps raise awareness and educate older customers about the red flags associated with elder financial abuse. The program holds regular workshops to engage members of the community in conversations around their financial safety.


  • Old National Bank, Evansville, Indiana for its 100 Men Who Cook Program, a fundraising event in which local celebrity chefs volunteer their talents and time to prepare food for the community. Through this program, the bank has raised more than $3.2 million for local charities.

George Bailey Distinguished Service Award

  • David Devine, senior vice president and marketing director of Columbia Bank in Tacoma, Washington helped establish the Warm Hearts Winter Drive, an initiative that benefits homeless shelters in local communities throughout Northeast Washington. His philanthropic efforts have helped collect more than 12,000 pieces of winter clothing and raise more than $150,000 in donations to benefit local homeless shelters. Read more.

2016 Honorable Mentions

Affordable Housing Nontradtional Borrower and Underbanked
TheBANK of Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL United Bank, Atmore, AL
Flordia Community Bank, Weston, FL BB&T Bank, Winston Salem, NC
Gate City Bank, Fargo, ND LegacyTexas Bank, Plano, TX
First National Bank of Omaha, Omaha, NE Heritage Bank, Tacoma, WA

Community and Economic Development Protecting Older Americans
Resource Bank, N.A., Dekalb, IL People's United Bank, Bridgeport, CT
F&M Trust, Chambersburg, PA Thomaston Savings Bank, Thomaston, CT
SunTrust Bank, Franklin, VA Bank of America, Charlotte, NC
First Federal Savings and Loan
Association, Port Angeles, WA
Arrow Bank, Glens Falls, NY

Financial Education Volunteerism
Montecito Bank & Trust, Santa Barbara, CA Webster Bank, N.A., Waterburty, CT
Blue Hills Bank, Hyde Park, MA Berkshire Bank, Pittsfield, MA
MidFirst Bank, Oklahoma City, OK Sandy Spring Bank, Olney, MD
Community State Bank, Union Grove, WI Katahdin Trust Compnay, Houlton, ME
George Bailey Distinguished Service
Mary Morstadt, Senior Vice President, Standard Bank and Trust, Hickory Hills, IL
Jeff Pace, Senior Vice President, Central Valley Community Bank, Fresno, CA
Dora Brown, Senior Vice President, IBC Bank, McAllen, TX
Bob Tate, Senior Vice President, PlainsCapital Bank, Lubbock, TX

Prior Years


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 Banks in Their Communities

Banks in Their Communities MapFrom the ABA Foundation, use this interactive map to learn about the corporate social responsibility programs submitted for a Community Commitment Awards by banks across the U.S. and its territories.