2022 Community Service Award Recipient
Honored by Illinois Bankers Association
for Community Involvement and Stewardship
Busey is proud to announce it has been named a recipient of the 2022 Community Service Award by the Illinois Bankers Association and was honored at the IBA’s Annual Conference on June 9 in Springfield, IL.
The IBA Community Service award honors financial institutions that go "above and beyond" in the area of community service. Three awards are presented annually to financial institutions that demonstrate a high level of service in their communities and honors an institution’s entire portfolio of community service projects, not just a single project.
"Busey is truly honored to receive this award,” said Amy Randolph, Busey’s Chief of Staff & Executive Vice President, Pillar Relations. “We have a passion for helping our communities through a number of initiatives and strive to be a true community partner and steward. It’s especially rewarding to be recognized by our peers at the IBA for the impact our associates are making in their communities."
Busey’s nomination hinged around four initiatives that highlight its powerful demonstrations of community involvement:
- Busey Drives Generosity: a campaign which encourages Busey associates and customers to generously give donations to benefit local neighbors in need through donation drives hosted at each Busey service center;
- Little Free Libraries: a partnership to promote literacy by building and installing Little Free Libraries at 15 Busey service centers across the institution’s five regions;
- Community Promise Month: an annual celebration during the month of April dedicated to honoring associate’s passions, encouraging local involvement and maximizing Busey’s impact in the communities it serves; and
- Community Connection at Busey: a formal community engagement program which invites associates to learn from partnering non-profit organizations about opportunities to become more connected with their communities.
Busey has been proud to give back to communities for more than 150 years—doing the right thing for customers and building trusted relationships that span generations. Working with its communities to support the arts, advocate for our youth and help neighbors in need, Busey bridges needs by providing financial capital through monetary contributions and guidance, human capital through energetic and committed volunteers and social capital through leaders at the table to advocate for business and sustainability practices within our communities.
Since 2015, Busey associates have given 50,000 hours of their time to hundreds of community organizations while the organization’s charitable donations total over $1 million annually. Over half (53%) of Busey’s larger contributions in 2020 were CRA qualified donations—supporting the critical needs of each community through scholarships, youth programs, court advocacy, food insecurity, shelter and more.