Lee Bank’s community commitment stretches back in time to our origins in 1852. Since then, our contributions and sponsorship programs now cast a wide footprint across the Berkshire County region. With the establishment of the Lee Bank Foundation in 2021, our promise to engage has a 21st century framework for community reinvestment.
As an independent, community-based bank, we do not have financial obligations to shareholders. Instead, our obligation--and our privilege--is to focus on community reinvestment with financial support for many fine organizations that keep the Berkshires thriving and striving.
Our grant and sponsorship recipients range from arts and culture organizations to grass-roots groups focused on food security, literacy, job readiness, economic development and other initiatives benefiting area families and children. We prioritize Berkshire-based organizations that receive the majority of their funding from local sources.
During 2020, Lee Bank’s community giving totaled $179,000—or about 5.9% of the Bank’s net income. Our support also included a crucial $50,000 contribution to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County. This year, in 2021, between the Lee Bank Foundation grants and our Lee Bank community sponsorship programs we project our community giving to total more than $320,000.
We welcome your inquiries and applications for both grant funding from the Foundation and sponsorships from the Bank as you seek to better our communities and improve the lives of our neighbors.
Any questions can be submitted to our Marketing Manager and Lee Bank Foundation Treasurer Alison Brigham, at [email protected].