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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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At Citizens Bank, we're dedicated to helping the communities around us thrive. To address the social challenges these communities face, we created the Champions in Action program — a unique initiative designed to reward the nonprofit organizations that work so hard to champion change in our communities.

"The Champions in Action program impacted our organization in both tangible and intangible ways. The funding and exposure allowed us to expand our reach and serve greater numbers of Philadelphia students at a time when the need for our services has never been greater."
– Joan Mazzotti, Executive Director, Philadelphia Futures

How You Can Help

Our Champions in Action are shining examples of dedication and determination in community outreach. And they look to community members, like you, to come forward and lend a hand.

Our current Champions in Action are being honored for their commitment to Addiction Prevention & Treatment Services. If you'd like to learn more, please visit our current Champions in Action for more information.

Eastern Pennsylvania: Interim House

Massachusetts: Phoenix Multisport

New Hampshire: Serenity Place

Rhode Island: Amos House

Western Pennsylvania: Sojourner House

Become a Champion in Action

If you are a nonprofit organization that deserves recognition for its contribution to the community, you could be a candidate for our Champions in Action program. Chosen organizations will receive:

  • Unrestricted funds from Citizens Bank
  • Local media coverage
  • Volunteer support from Citizens Bank
  • Opportunity to tap into the expertise of our local-executives through the Executive Mentoring program
  • Public relations support
  • Promotional support, including advertising in Citizens Bank branches and on Citizens Bank ATMs

"The NH Preservation Alliance is still enjoying the benefits of CIA three years after being selected and know that will continue for some time. The combination of funds, coaching and media visibility offered a critical boost to increase investment in special places, improve understanding or benefits and expand our base of support."
– Jennifer Goodman , Executive Director, NH Preservation Alliance

Qualities of a Champion

In selecting our Champions in Action, we look for:

  • A demonstrated history of strong fiscal responsibility and leadership.
  • An ability to show how the organization will make effective use of the support and resources being awarded.
  • Proven success in addressing the particular social concern.

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

  • Be an Eastern Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Western Pennsylvania-based, nonprofit organization that services that geographic area and addresses the designated social concern (see chart below).
  • Provide proof of tax-exempt status under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3.
  • Have a total operating budget of $5 million or less.

Applying for the Champions in Action Program

To apply, complete the online application on the designated deadline date (see chart). A selection committee composed of community leaders and representatives of Citizens Bank and respective media partners will review each application. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by email. Previous Champions in Action may reapply after five years have elapsed.

Complete the Champions in Action application now.

Champions in Action Topics and Application Deadlines for 2017

Time Frame Application Deadline Topic Honorees Announced
July-December February 24, 2017 Violence Prevention July 2017

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