Community Relations

Iowa-based Bank Midwest donates thousands of dollars to local schools

Spirit Lake, Iowa-based Bank Midwest recently delivered a total of $8,222 in checks to Spirit Lake and Okoboji schools as part of a savings program. “Anyone who’s been part of the Spirit Lake and Okoboji schools knows how lucky we are,” said Amy Radcliffe, marketing manager for the $1 billion Bank Midwest. “I’m excited to … Read more

Chelsea State Bank donates to Shop with a Cop program

Southern Michigan-based Chelsea State Bank donated $2,241 to Shop with a Cop last month, including jean money from bank employees and customer donation drives in October and December. The $436 million bank has hosted the Blue Jeans for Charity fundraiser for more than a decade. Employees donate $3 per person each week, allowing them to … Read more

Centier Bank donates $52,000 to nine local United Ways

Merrillville, Ind.-based Centier Bank donated $52,000 to nine Indiana-based United Way agencies as part of its annual Workplace Campaign. The donation assists United Way organizations throughout Centier’s neighboring 11 county-region in northwest Indiana. One-in-three regional households struggle meeting basic needs such as child care, housing, food and transportation.  “United Way of Northwest Indiana values our … Read more

Forward Bank donates $17,000 to nonprofits

Marshfield, Wis.-based Forward Bank recently donated $17,000 to nonprofits through two campaigns. In one $12,000 drive, the bank gave $100 to each employee to donate to a charity that they either volunteered for or personally supported. “As we have grown through the years, we’ve brought our families together to celebrate together,” said President Dave Clark. … Read more

Wisconsin’s One Community Bank donates $5,000 for tree planting initiative

Wisconsin-based One Community Bank donated $5,000 to the village of Oregon for a tree planting initiative.  The village, south of Madison, plans to use the donation to fund its terrace tree program, which partially reimburses residents for trees they plant at their house, and to plant trees in the village. Trees are expected to be … Read more

North Shore Bank marking 100th anniversary this year

Brookfield, Wis.-based North Shore Bank is marking its centennial anniversary this year.  The bank, which was founded in 1923 by a group of teachers in Shorewood, Wis., has grown over the decades to a $2.6 billion institution with 43 branches in eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.  According to a press release, the bank is marking … Read more

New Market Bank donated $25K to local organizations last year

Minnesota-based New Market Bank contributed $25,431 to local nonprofits, schools and community initiatives last year.  According to a press release, that amount included bank donations, sponsorships of fundraising events, donations by employees and customers matched by the bank and special requests.   New Market Bank chooses a nonprofit to help every month through its Giving Back … Read more

First National Bank & Trust program collects 500 stuffed toys for children

Iron Mountain, Mich.-based First National Bank & Trust’s Project Teddy Bear collected more than 500 new stuffed toys this year for local emergency responders, children’s organizations, medical facilities and crisis centers. According to a press release, donations for the program have been collected annually since 2017 from the Flivver Hockey Teddy Bear Toss event, followed … Read more

Iowa-based Northwest Bank raises $5,100 for backpack programs

Northwest Bank branches in Milford, Arnolds Park and Spirit Lake, Iowa, helped raise more than $5,100 for the Okoboji and Spirit Lake Schools Backpack programs. According to a press release, the $2.3 billion, Spencer, Iowa-based bank matched funds up to $500 for each program — $2,515 for the Okoboji Schools program and $2,619 for Spirit … Read more

UMB Bank donates $2 million to local nonprofits

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Bank donated $2 million to seven nonprofits at the end of last year.  The donations, announced in a Jan. 17 press release, included a combined total of $500,000 to area nonprofits Community Housing of Wyandotte County and supportive housing organization Amethyst Place for their work in supporting housing and health needs, … Read more