Bank of MarinGiving generously to 200-plus charities
"At Bank of Marin, we feel it's our responsibility as a member of the community to support and partner with nonprofit organizations," said Russell Colombo, president and chief executive officer. "The bank was founded on the principle of community service, and it's a commitment that remains strong today."
Not only does Bank of Marin give more than 1 percent of pretax profit to more than 200 charities, employees are expected and encouraged to volunteer. Collectively, the staff volunteers more than 10,000 hours a year.
[caption id="attachment_90109" align="alignleft" width="350"] Bank of Marin's Todd Zwiska sorts food at the San Francisco/Marin Food Bank.[/caption]
Bank of Marin volunteers serve as tutors in schools, by serving the homeless, sorting items at food banks, working in the garden at Homeward Bound, and providing board leadership on close to 70 nonprofit boards.
Total North Bay cash contributions reached $341,000 in 2013. Total organization-wide giving was $361,000 in all the bank's markets.
The bank focuses on supporting youth and education, housing and human services, civic and economic development, arts and culture, and health services for those in need.
The bank recognizes there are many ways to give back to the community. Many non-profit organizations do not have adequate equipment or facilities, so it has made it a practice to donate office and kitchen equipment and lend meeting rooms to organizations in need.
Bank of Marin donates generously to Schools Rule, providing funding for art and technology in Marin County schools; Sunny Hills Services, which serves at-risk children and adolescents; and Buckelew Programs, which supports mentally ill teens and adults with affordable housing and job training. Other recipients include Boys and Girls Club, Hospice by the Bay and The Redwoods senior living facility.
Based on the philosophy that individuals and businesses should be recognized and appreciated for their volunteer efforts that serve the needs of the community, Bank of Marin established its annual Spirit of Marin Awards. The bank has partnered with Marin County chambers of commerce for 20 years to honor those who make a difference in the community.
The success of this program influenced the Sonoma County Economic Development Board to replicate it with the formation of the Spirit of Sonoma Awards.
"At the heart of everything we do is giving back to the communities we serve," Mr. Colombo said.Exchange BankSupporting Human Race, Doyle scholarship
As a local financial institution since 1890, Exchange Bank has become a key community partner by focusing on its 124-year legacy of ongoing support that continues to create positive change in the North Bay.
[caption id="attachment_90110" align="alignright" width="350"] More than 50 Exchange Bank volunteers participated in the United Way Day of Caring, where they made interior and exterior improvements to Catholic Charities' homeless shelter.[/caption]
From its leadership in Sonoma County's Human Race, to the distribution of the Doyle Scholarship, to engaging its staff in meaningful volunteer service projects with local non-profits, Exchange Bank has always been there -- ready to help.
In the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013, the bank contributed $688,000 through direct corporate giving program to numerous non-profit organizations.
Exchange Bank also maintains high visibility in the community by encouraging employees -- from upper management to tellers -- to give of their time throughout the community.