ABA Foundation Community Commitment Awards

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Award Categories


Affordable Housing

Improving the availability of quality housing for everyone in your community.. Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Establishing partnerships with civic groups, nonprofit organizations or government agencies to promote affordable housing construction or rehabilitation
  • Creating mortgage lending programs designed to encourage qualified buyers to become catalysts for change by buying in neighborhoods in need of residential renewal
  • Hosting homeownership seminars to encourage community members to become responsible homeowners


Community and Economic Development

Thinking beyond the commercial lending box to spur growth in their communities. Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Establishing partnerships with merchants, community groups, residents or property owners to assist in job creation, identification and training; to attract new businesses to the area; or to build a thriving economic center in the neighborhood
  • Creating agriculture lending programs designed to meet the lending needs of rural communities and their local economies
  • Financing community facilities or addressing elements that improve a neighborhood’s quality of life, including access to child care, education, health care, fresh food, physical activity and public safety


Financial Education

Honors educational initiatives that raise awareness and build knowledge among people who need it—from at-risk youth to seniors in your community to your own employees. Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Creating a program or partnership with local nonprofits or schools to offer financial literacy education for at-risk student
  • Creating or participating in financial outreach programs that have changed long-term attitudes and behaviors about managing money through use of tools, products or services
  • Providing financial education programs to employees that show results, innovation, effective tactics and greater financial wellness


Economic Inclusion

Celebrates efforts to increase economic inclusion for all. Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Establishing partnerships with nonprofit organizations, government agencies or other financial partners to promote financial inclusion for unbanked borrowers and individuals with no or limited credit histories;​
  • Hosting credit counseling workshops or lessons
  • Creating innovative, safe and affordable products to encourage unbanked customers to join the financial mainstream​


Protecting Older Americans

Banks that excel in stopping elder financial abuse. Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Establishing partnerships with law enforcement, adult protective services or ​community groups to protect older Americans from financial abuse
  • Hosting workshops to educate older Americans or their families about the various forms of financial abuse and a bank’s role in preventing financial abuse
  • Creating a robust training program for frontline employees to recognize the signs of financial abuse and to provide intervention strategies to protect older Americans from financial abuse
  • Creating innovative product features to protect older Americans from financial abuse



Banks that put their employees to work for the good of the community. Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Outreach programs in which teams of employees commit to renovating schools, clubhouses and other facilities to help anchor and sustain life in the community
  • Mentoring programs that match employees' skills with the needs of underserved or at-risk groups
  • Partnership with groups advocating for veterans, seniors and others to retrofit their homes to enable them to enjoy full accessibility and increased quality of life


George Bailey Distinguished Service Award​

Named after the community banker hero of “It’s a Wonderful Life” for a non-CEO employee who demonstrates outstanding initiative, performs highly effective work and inspires others. Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Going above and beyond to build goodwill between their bank and community
  • Made outstanding contributions to their institution(s), had major positive influence on peers, subordinates and even affected the industry as a whole
  • Consistently gives back to the bank and the community, giving freely of their time, energy and resources for volunteerism, community service and charity
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 Banks in Their Communities

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