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05/02/2014 - Independent Community Bankers of America

WHAT WE DO:
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), is the nation’s voice for more than 6,500 community banks of all sizes and charter types and is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services.  

With nearly 5,000 members, representing more than 24,000 locations nationwide and employing 300,000 Americans, ICBA members hold $1.2 trillion in assets, $1 trillion in deposits, and $750 billion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community.

Whether located in small towns, suburbia or big-city neighborhoods, community banks improve our towns and cities by funding small businesses and using local dollars to help families purchase homes, finance college and build financial security.

ICBA member community banks create symbiotic relationships with the communities they serve, favor local decision-making, while adhering to the highest business practices and ethical standards. ICBA and its members believes that financial literacy is vital to the success of local economies and that it is pivotal that children learn financial skills and education at an early age to become better at handling money and credit as adults.

WHAT WE OFFER:

  • Banking on Kids. ICBA promotes the Banking on Kids program that allows local banks to help sponsor neighborhood elementary and middle schools by opening student-run banks within the schools, and allowing students to create savings account which become interest bearing after they reach $10 or an amount designated by a sponsoring bank. The program teaches children the value of saving, helps create a framework for lessons on financial education and gives students the opportunity to gain real-world experience when they manage and operate a real bank using real money.


WHAT WE NEED:
ICBA welcomes community bankers to learn more about financial literacy resources and tools that they can take back to the communities they serve.

WHAT’S NEW:
This year ICBA hosted its first financial literacy Twitter chat. Guest Tweeters included Terry Jorde, former N.D. community banker and senior executive vice president and chief of staff at ICBA; the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy; Bankrate; Practical Money Skills for Life; America Saves, Wise Bread and award-winning, syndicated Washington Post columnist, Michelle Singletary.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Audrey Wright-Cipriano
Director of Marketing & Brand Strategy
Independent Community Bankers of America
Direct Line: (202) 821-4308