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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 $9 million in unrestricted funds to more than 300 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.

Champions in Action honored for their commitment to Inclusion & Equality

Eastern Pennsylvania: Bebashi Transition to Hope

Massachusetts: Understanding our Differences

New Hampshire: Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS)

Rhode Island: The Autism Project

Western Pennsylvania: Dreams of Hope

Become a Champion in Action

If you are an eligible nonprofit, you are encouraged to apply for our Champions in Action program. Topics are announced each fall, and application submissions are accepted twice annually in February and July.

Champions in Action will receive:

  • $35,000 in unrestricted funds
  • Local media support/coverage through our media partners
  • Volunteer support from Citizens Bank
  • 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 (social concerns are announced twice yearly in February and July)
  • 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

Topics for 2020 are Inclusion & Equality (H1) - winners to be announced in January 2020 from the July 2019 submission, and Environmental Stewardship (H2) - winners to be announced in July 2020 from the February 2020 submission.

To apply, complete the online application prior to the designated deadline date. 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.

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