Chicago-based Byline Bank distributed $30,000 to fund philanthropic initiatives, including $5,000 donations to three local charities:
- Evanston, Ill.-based Cook County Health Foundation to help expand and improve health care and provide education, fundraising and advocacy for the most vulnerable in the Cook County public health system.
- Kendall County Community Food Pantry, which provides food, household goods, personal care items and other necessities.
- Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, which promotes racial justice, equity and inclusion work in Oak Park, Ill., River Forest, Ill., and surrounding communities.
Byline Bank branches will also provide $15,000 to community nonprofits and for charitable activities such as buying winter coats and coordinating meals.
The donations are part of Byline Bank’s community enrichment work. As of last December, the bank spent more than $680,000 in community grants, donations and sponsorships toward financing for small business and workforce development, health and welfare, financial literacy, education and affordable housing initiatives.
The nearly $9 billion Byline Bank has also prioritized more than $60 million in community development investments and $70 million in community development loans.
“We believe that supporting our communities is about fostering an ecosystem where both small businesses and local charities can thrive, creating a ripple effect of hope, goodwill and economic opportunity,” said Byline Bank Head of Retail Banking Megan Biggam. “Every dollar we contribute is a seed for community growth; our Giving Tuesday contribution represents our dedication to our vibrant communities in Illinois and the small businesses that help them grow.”