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By Jaidyn Crookston | January 11, 2022 | 14 Minute Read

How Isabella Bank Gets All Employees to Volunteer with its Compassion Into Action Event

As a bank or credit union employee, you may be required to volunteer in your community each year. You love your community and want to volunteer, but there are just so many things on your plate right now. You’re busy helping customer...

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By Jaidyn Crookston | January 04, 2022 | 9 Minute Read

How to Build a Successful CRA Strategy and Action Plan for 2022

(Don't forget to download the free PDF at the bottom of this screen. This list of questions will help you think about your CRA program and build the perfect plan to promote your program and make a difference in your community.) The...

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By Jaidyn Crookston | December 21, 2021 | 10 Minute Read

Ask an Examiner! How to Prepare for Your CRA Exam

Are you preparing for your next CRA exam? If you are, or you will be soon, you’d probably love to get the inside scoop on how an examiner thinks about an exam.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could sit down with a CRA examiner and pick...

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By Jaidyn Crookston | December 14, 2021 | 7 Minute Read

7 Ways to Encourage Your Followers to Support a Cause on Social Media

Social media is a great way for your bank or credit union to connect with customers/members, build your brand, and raise awareness for a charitable cause.  While you may be able to raise awareness for a cause, it can be challenging...

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By Jaidyn Crookston | December 07, 2021 | 7 Minute Read

How Veritex Community Bank Partnered With Local Media to Support Nonprofits and Community Organizations

Courtney Taylor (Senior VP and Community Development Officer at Veritex Community Bank) loves to be involved in her community. She serves on several bank and community boards, and is even a member of our own Kadince Advisory Board. ...

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By Jaidyn Crookston | November 09, 2021 | 8 Minute Read

8 Tips for Nailing Your Presentation to a Bank or Credit Union Board

If you’re a CRA officer or community impact specialist, you’ll likely find yourself presenting to a bank or credit union board at some point to build support—and it’s rarely a comfortable experience. ‌ Board presentations are a lops...

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By Jaidyn Crookston | November 02, 2021 | 6 Minute Read

Seacoast Bank's CRA Ambassadors: How to Engage Employees in CRA

If you struggle to engage bank employees in your CRA program, you aren’t alone. Just like most financial institutions, Seacoast Bank used to find it hard to engage employees and spread the word about their community initiatives.  B...

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By Jaidyn Crookston | October 26, 2021 | 7 Minute Read

Why Financial Literacy is so Important and How Pinnacle Bank Got CRA Credit

The information in this article came from our webinar with Linda Ezuka of CRA Today, Sue Kocsis from Pinnacle Bank, and Nick Hammerstad from Banzai. You can access the webinar recording here.  Why is financial literacy so important...

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By Jaidyn Crookston | October 19, 2021 | 5 Minute Read

Donate Old Computer Equipment to Help Your Community (and Possibly Receive CRA Credit)

The ideas in this article came from a webinar with Sarah Baharin, VP, Fair Lending/CRA Officer at North American Savings Bank, and Zina Stankewsky at PCs for People. You can access the webinar recording here.  Banks and credit unio...

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By Jaidyn Crookston | October 05, 2021 | 9 Minute Read

Bank and Credit Union Email Newsletters: 7 Ways to Spice Them Up

‌Most banks and credit unions have some type of email newsletter. But just having a newsletter isn’t the same as having an effective newsletter strategy.  Newsletters are a great way to connect with your audience and build interest...

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By Jaidyn Crookston | September 28, 2021 | 7 Minute Read

4 Proven Ways to Share Your Community Impact Story

Most financial institutions, like Machias Savings Bank, are very involved in their communities. Not only do your coworkers spend hours volunteering, but your institution gives grants, donations, loans, and more to support your commu...

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By Jaidyn Crookston | August 03, 2021 | 12 Minute Read

The Outstanding CRA Rating: How To Get It And Why You Should

The ideas in this article came from our webinar with Janice DeLima from Norway Savings Bank. You can access the webinar recording here.  Many banks are happy with a Satisfactory CRA rating. In fact, many banks don’t even try to get...

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By Jaidyn Crookston | July 22, 2021 | 6 Minute Read

6 Solid Steps to Avoid Underreporting Community Development Loans

An estimated 80% of banks underreport their community development loans. This means that 80% of banks are under-representing their CRA lending performance, which puts their CRA ratings at risk.   The lending portion of the CRA exam...

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By Jaidyn Crookston | July 20, 2021 | 5 Minute Read

How to Earn CRA Credit: 7 Ideas to Get You Started

Are you looking for ways to get CRA credit for your financial institution? With so many possible activities and so few details about what counts for CRA credit, it can be difficult to figure out which activities will be the most ben...

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By Jaidyn Crookston | June 29, 2021 | 9 Minute Read

How to Build Emotional Connections with Potential Customers

One of the most important things your financial institution does is connect with potential customers. Recent research has shown that one of the best ways for a financial institution to connect with potential customers is by building...

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