Community Relations

Social or financial gains? Impact investments offer both

Philanthropists are continually looking for innovative ways to make a positive impact with their charitable gifts, and many are increasingly turning to impact investments. Although the concept has been around for nearly 40 years, the term “impact investing” didn’t exist until more recently. [Continue]

UFMD: A way to build industry connections and support charity

It’s not often that bank and credit union executives break bread together. One might question whether it’s even a good idea to put them in the same room. But come together they did, more than forty of them along with a dozen representatives of the vendor community, for the February kickoff of United Financials Making a Difference. [Continue]

Banks to help nonprofits affected by tax reform

One outcome of the recent federal income tax overhaul will likely be  reduced charitable giving. Taxpayers using the increased standard deduction (expected to be more than 90 percent of all individual filers) will lack a tax incentive to make charitable donations. The consequences for nonprofits could be sorely felt. Interest for Others Foundation has responded … Read more

Associated Bank invests in women’s business initiative

Associated Bank, Green Bay, Wis., invested $1 million in the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation loan opportunity fund as a part of the bank’s Associated Community Development program. The investment, announced Feb. 13, supports the WWBIC’s, Putting Dreams To Work fund, which supports women and minority-owned companies in their economic and entrepreneurial development throughout Wisconsin. [Continue]

Media relations acumen essential at all levels of the bank

Journalists are going to find their way to your bank someday whether you want them to or not; therefore it is in your best interests to develop a media strategy that plays to your advantage. This was the argument made by Patrick Dix, vice president of public relations for SHAZAM, in a webinar focused on media communications strategies for bankers. [Continue]

Minneapolis nonprofit connects banks, job candidates

Project for Pride in Living graduated its 42nd class of banking trainees on Feb. 2. PPL helps low-income individuals or those looking to find steady employment with a variety of options, including the possibility of an entry level banking position. [Continue]

Midland States Bank supports home ownership program

The City of Kankakee, Ill., in partnership with Midland States Bank, Effingham, Ill., announced the launch of the Kankakee Homebuyer Incentive Program. The program will help make homeownership possible with assistance for down payment and/or closing costs and will be open to those individuals wishing to purchase a home within the Kankakee City limits.
“I am very excited about this partnership with Midland States Bank as the investment in this program demonstrates Midland’s commitment to community reinvestment and social responsibility,” said Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong. [Continue]

Wisconsin bank spreads wealth among 10 non-profits

Community State Bank, Union Grove, Wis., kicked off the new year for 10 local non-profit organizations with donations totaling $10,000. The funds reached groups ranging from the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Waterford, Wis., to four fire department. [Continue]