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Champions in Action

Championing change in the community requires hard work and dedication. We think efforts like that deserve recognition.

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Champions in Action

At Citizens Bank, we’re dedicated to helping our communities reach their potential. To address the social challenges our communities face, we created Champions in Action, a unique program designed to reward nonprofit organizations in our communities.

Champions in Action embraces the goals of our community efforts through charitable contributions and the volunteer work of our colleagues. Since 2002, the program has awarded more than $8.6 million in unrestricted funds to 317 Champions. In partnership with key media outlets, we provide tailored local promotion, volunteer support and publicity to help our Champions in Action better serve our communities.

Our Champions in Action are shining examples of dedication and determination within our communities and they look to community members like you, to come forward and lend a hand. This year, we are proud to be celebrating 15 years of Champions in Action.

Our current Champion in Action is being honored for their commitment to Violence Prevention.

Eastern Pennsylvania: Lutheran Settlement House

Massachusetts: Mothers for Justice and Equality

New Hampshire: HAVEN

Rhode Island: Day One

Western Pennsylvania: Gwen’s Girls

Become a Champion in Action

If you are a nonprofit organization that focuses on Social Entrepreneurship/Enterprises, you may be eligible to apply for our Champions in Action program

Champions in Action will receive:

  • $35,000 in unrestricted funds from Citizens Bank
  • Local media support/coverage through our media partners
  • Volunteer support from Citizens Bank
  • Opportunities to tap into the expertise of our local executives through the Executive Mentoring program
  • Promotional support including advertising in Citizens Bank branches and on our website

To be recognized as a Champion in Action, an organization must:

  • Be a nonprofit organization based in Eastern or Western Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Rhode Island that addresses a specific social concern (see below)
  • Provide proof of tax-exempt status under Internal Revenue Code Section 501c3
  • Have a total operating budget of $5 million or less

How to Apply

To apply, complete the online application prior to the designated deadline date (see below). A local selection committee comprised of community leaders, Citizens Bank colleagues, and media partner representatives will review each submission and will select a Champion in Action. Applicants will be advised of outcome via email. Previous Champions in Action may reapply after five years have elapsed.

Complete the Champions in Action application now.

Next Champions in Action Topic and Deadline:

July — December 2018 Social Entrepreneurship; deadline February 23, 2018

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