• Futures Hero

  • As bankers, financial literacy is dear to our hearts (and our expertise). Because few causes are more important to Tennessee's future prosperity, our foundation sponsors:

    • Mini-banks in Junior Achievement model cities in Greater Knoxville, Memphis, Hamblen, Cleveland, Chattanooga and Nashville, where students simulate earning a living and budgeting. General support and volunteerism for Junior Achievement is provided in Northeast Tennessee
    • The University of Tennessee Extension's Youth Consumer and Financial Education program that reaches more than 45,000 students across Tennessee annually.
    • In Nashville, funded scholarships and mentored women as leaders and professionals through the YWCA and CABLE Connects
    • In Chattanooga, the Chamber Education Initiative, where financial institutions work together to develop financial academies in three Hamilton County schools and collaboration with the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, where the bank sponsors a program called Consumer Credit Counseling
    • The Bank On initiative, a network of organizations whose goal is to raise public awareness, target outreach and expand access to financial education.
    • Develop strategies to help unbanked customers enter the financial mainstream
    • In Knoxville, supports the Knoxville Area Urban League’s Homeownership Center Homebuyer Education classes, Foreclosure Counseling, and Financial Fitness classes. Also provides Financial Literacy Classes through HomeSource East Tennessee.
    • In Hamblen County, supports the HC*Excell programs for Financial Literacy and workforce development for Public School Students.
    • In Jefferson County, supports the Jefferson County Economic Development Oversight Committee, which promotes economic development and new job creation for the county.

    Our bank also has trained volunteers who, on their own time, teach identity-theft prevention and spending and credit management courses for adults who need to better understand and control their personal finances.

    Because strong communities need solid support structures and healthy job markets, we support:

    • Chambers of Commerce in the communities where we do business, with our employees serving in volunteer leadership roles
    • A regional economic development initiative spanning the Knoxville/Oak Ridge Innovation Valley that fosters new jobs and economic growth
    • The Small Business Resource Center in East Tennessee that offers free information to people interested in starting, operating and owning small businesses.
    • Commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley for Our Kids, Our Future Capital Campaign in order to serve more kids, more often.
    • Commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Smoky Mountains for their Fulfilling The Dream Capital Campaign to build a Boys & Girls Club facility in Pigeon Forge.
    • The Mid-South Minority Business Council's Model Diversity Corporation Initiative, which promotes the purchase of goods and services from minority-owned businesses and establishes best practices in supplier diversity, workforce diversity and community giving diversity
    • Nonprofit agencies in Middle Tennessee focused on housing, education and economic development programs
    • The Regional Alliance for Economic Development in Northeast Tennessee, which promotes economic development and new job creation by attracting domestic and international organizations to the region