Community Giving, Community Volunteering and Financial Education
Community is the foundation on which our bank is built. Participation, commitment, and contribution are the basis to the success of any community. Building relationships and supporting our neighborhoods with time, talent and financial resources are what makes us a community bank. This philosophy of commitment carries through to every employee in our organization and guides our efforts to help foster healthy communities, strengthen local neighborhoods, and encourage development. First Bank & Trust is committed to being actively involved in the Chicagoland communities where we live and work by developing opportunities through event promotions, local news, charitable giving, employee involvement, financial education and excellent banking services.
First Bank & Trust is one of just a handful of banks in Illinois that have received the highest possible rating from the Federal Reserve Bank for our performance under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). We received the “Outstanding” rating because of:
- Staff Volunteer Involvement in Community Service Organizations
- Numerous Grants and Donations to Nonprofit Organizations
- Investments in Education Programs and Affordable Housing
- Community Development Loans
Through donations and event sponsorships, we have been pleased to support many local charities and nonprofits that help improve the lives of those we serve. In 2017, we donated approximately $193,000 to approximately 215 organizations around Chicagoland.
Some of the worthy causes and organizations that we have supported include:
- Service agencies
- Projects that support children's education
- Affordable housing programs
- Financial education
- Small business development
If your organization supports any of these initiatives and you would like the bank's support, please contact us for more information. Together we can work to strengthen our great communities.
It is our goal to be the most environmentally responsible bank in the communities we serve. We promote the philosophy that a commitment to environmental sustainability will make our communities better places in which to live and work – now and for future generations. From community giving and education to branch construction and business practices, we actively work to protect and better our Chicagoland communities.
Our Environmental Efforts Include:
- Construction of our LEED Gold Certified Eco-friendly Skokie branch
- Community shredding and electronic recycling programs
- Complete recycling program within the bank to limit waste thrown in landfills
- Sponsorship of environmental community initiatives
- Removal of leaking gas tanks left by previous occupiers at our Emerson St. and Skokie – Dempster & Crawford branches.
We are always looking for opportunities to create a more sustainably community. If you or your organization have ideas for environmental action and would like the bank's support, please contact us for more information.
Community Outreach and Volunteerism
Our employees are encouraged to volunteer their time to organizations around Chicagoland and our officers and directors share their expertise by serving on the boards of local non-profit organizations.
Through our volunteer network, we bring assistance, development and education, to hundreds of organizations in the communities we serve. In 2016 alone, our employees volunteered over 2,000 hours. These volunteer efforts ensure that we are always standing by our neighbors, working together to make Chicagoland great.
Dedication to Financial Education
Understanding money management and economic principals can be the key to personal wealth and financial success. It is our institutional goal to aid consumers and small businesses on their path to financial prosperity by providing tools for financial literacy. In 2017, FB&T appointed a Financial Literacy Officer to collaborate and coordinate with local organizations to facilitate bank-sponsored financial educational programs.
Our bankers work with nonprofits and schools to teach and inform employees and students about proper financial management and each year we are active participants and collaborators in Money Smart Week, a campaign to help consumers better manager their personal finances. Each year we continue to develop our financial literacy program for children, students and community residents. Through sponsorships and donations we assist community programs that promote financial fitness. We also offer many products and services that teach best habits.
FB&T Products to Promote Financial Success:
- eChecking Accounts
- Junior Banker Accounts
- College Checking Accounts
- Secured Credit Cards
- SBA Lending Programs
Our Community Branches: Chicago, the North Shore, and the Western Suburbs
We live, work and make decisions in these Chicago area communities and we invest in individuals and businesses who want to see our neighborhoods thrive. With neighborhood branches in Evanston, Libertyville, Skokie, and Winnetka, we aim to create welcoming environments that serve as anchors for our communities.