Call for Entries: Award Recognizing Your Bank’s Work in the Community

The American Bankers Association Foundation is requesting submissions for its annual Community Commitment Awards to recognize banks' essential involvement in their communities. The awards will honor innovative, high-impact bank programs that improve the quality of life for the customers and communities they serve. The entry period ends on June 29. Now in its sixth year, the Community Commitment Awards have honored banks for efforts ranging from teaching financial literacy lessons at women’s correction facilities to purchasing and donating solar panels to local nonprofits. Banks of all asset sizes are eligible to enter and submissions will be judged by a panel of nationally recognized experts. The ABA Community Commitment Awards for 2018 will recognize excellence in seven categories:

  • Affordable Housing;
  • Community and Economic Development;
  • Economic Inclusion;
  • Financial Education;
  • Protecting Older Americans;
  • Volunteerism; and
  • The George Bailey Award, for non-CEO bank employees who demonstrate outstanding service to their bank, industry and community.

For full category descriptions, please click here.

 Award winners will be recognized in a ceremony during ABA's Annual Convention in New York City, Oct. 21-23. All awardees will receive a complimentary registration to the convention. All Community Commitment Award entries will be displayed on the ABA Foundation’s “Banks in Their Communities” map – an interactive, searchable map on that showcases all program entries by state.  The map serves as a database for corporate social responsibility efforts in the banking industry and currently features over 900 program profiles from across America. For an entry form or a list of past winners, visit For more information, contact Melissa Murray at mmurray@aba.comor 202-663-5440.

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