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How partnering with local TV and radio can help your communities

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Partnering with local media can yield astonishing results for not only your brand but also your community. Join Courtney Taylor from Veritex Bank to learn how they've partnered with local TV and radio stations to promote financial literacy and their nonprofit partners. This has resulted in increased nonprofit support and brand awareness for Veritex, establishing them as local community leaders. Register now to learn about Veritex Bank's media partnership and if something similar could benefit your institution and community.

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Courtney Taylor

SVP, Community Development Officer, Veritex Bank

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Streamline Your Community Involvement

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Managing and tracking community involvement data can be a manual and time-consuming process. Kadince streamlines that process by automating the collection, management, and reporting of community involvement data. You can streamline donation requests, volunteer hours, event management, and more. Join this webinar to see how you could save time and streamline your work with Kadince Software.

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Bart Liechty

Chief Sales Officer

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CRA's Section 109: What it is and why you can't ignore it

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If your bank has or plans to have interstate branches, you need to know about “Section 109" of the Riegle–Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act of 1994 (Interstate Act). According to Section 109, your bank can’t take in deposits outside your home state and fail to meet the credit needs in those communities. Join the nation’s leading CRA expert and author, Dr. Ken Thomas, to learn more about Section 109, why it’s becoming more heavily scrutinized during CRA exams, and how to ensure your bank avoids violating it. Plus, you’ll learn what your bank can do if it doesn’t currently meet the requirements (Hint: you need to act fast).  Register now and avoid the consequences of inaction!

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Kenneth Thomas, Ph.D

Founder/CEO, Community Development Fund Advisors

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Streamline Your CRA Compliance

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Complying with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) can often be a manual and time-consuming process. Kadince streamlines CRA management by collecting and geocoding all community development data. Kadince also helps organize the documentation needed for a CRA exam. Join this webinar to see how you can streamline your CRA compliance process with Kadince!

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Bart Liechty

Chief Sales Officer

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Ask an examiner! How to prepare for your next CRA exam

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If you’ve ever wondered just how an examiner thinks and approaches a CRA exam, now’s your chance! Join Linda Ezuka of CRA Today and Jason Keller, a Community and Economic Development Senior Advisor and examiner from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in a fun and fast-paced session where they will share their tips and tricks on preparing for your next CRA exam.    We will take both a CRA Officer’s perspective contrasted with an examiner’s approach to a CRA examination to share exactly how to ensure a productive and smooth process. From the pre-exam process, to the onsite examination, and then to the eventual verdict (your rating), we will share best practices each step of the way to ensure you and your financial institution remains "exam ready!”

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Linda Ezuka

Owner, CRA Today

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Jason Keller

Senior Advisor, Community and Economic Development, FRB

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CRA Ambassadors—Engage employees in CRA

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It can be difficult to engage employees in your community development program. Iris Jones (VP, CRA Officer at Seacoast Bank) had the same problem. Based on their success in one area of their footprint, Iris and her team built the CRA Ambassadors program. This program engages select employees and helps expand the bank's community development program. Since its inception, they've dramatically increased the number and quality of their community development activities.  Watch this webinar to learn about the CRA Ambassadors program and how you could start something similar in your organization.

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Iris Jones

VP, CRA Officer

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PCs for People

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Hundreds of financial institutions across America throw away computer equipment each year when upgrading to newer equipment. This equipment usually ends up in a landfill, even though it’s still functional. North American Savings Bank (NASB) saw an opportunity to keep their used equipment out of the landfill, repurpose it to help bridge the digital divide in the low-to-moderate income (LMI) community, and receive CRA credit. NASB worked with PCs for People, a nonprofit social enterprise, that recycles business electronics, refurbishes used computers, and distributes them at deeply discounted prices to low-income households and non-profits throughout the United States. NASB donated over 400 computers to PCs for People, who then refurbished and provided the computers to local adults, students, and non-profit organizations. When schools and businesses pivoted to online learning and work due to COVID-19, these donations were vital in helping our community's students and adults find success. Register for this webinar to learn more about how you could donate your old computer equipment, make an impact in your community, and potentially receive CRA credit!

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Sarah Baharin

VP, Fair Lending/CRA Officer

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Financial Literacy and the CRA

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What do excessive consumer debt, pandemic recovery, and "back to school" all have in common? The need to educate young people about finances and ensure that they are prepared for their financial future. Join Linda Ezuka of CRA Today as she shares how your bank can leverage CRA-qualifying financial literacy programs in partnership with local schools and community-based nonprofit organizations. Linda will be joined by Nick Hammerstad, EVP of Banzai, and a CRA Officer who is successfully using Banzai and other resources to educate young people and build their CRA program. Banzai is an online financial literacy program aimed at helping students learn and apply financial practices that will help them throughout their lives. Register now for this webinar, so you can improve your CRA program and help your communities become financially educated!

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Linda Ezuka

Owner, CRA Today

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Nick Hammerstad

EVP, Banzai

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Demystifying the CRA "Outstanding" Rating

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It can be hard to know how to make the jump from a "Satisfactory" CRA rating to an "Outstanding." And why would you want to if a "Satisfactory" is all you need? In this webinar, Janice DeLima of Norway Savings Bank will explain how they got an "Outstanding" rating and why it’s been beneficial to their institution.

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Janice DeLima

VP, CRA Officer

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Community Development Loan Primer

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Are you wondering how to build an “Outstanding” community development loan portfolio? Most banks understate their community development loan performance—-but not on your watch! Join our webinar and learn how to build an "Outstanding" community development loan portfolio. You'll learn from CD loan expert Linda Ezuka how to identify and document loan opportunities and resources, as well as how to best utilize those opportunities. Community development loans are the most subjective and complicated aspect of the CRA. Register today and let’s get to it!

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Linda Ezuka

Owner, CRA Today

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Magical Moments - Community Involvement Ideas

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The COVID-19 pandemic required all of us to close our doors and rethink our “normal” community activities. As COVID-19 is coming to a close, Carter Bank & Trust wanted to find a way to boost its local economy in a COVID-friendly way. From that thought evolved the Magical Moments campaign. For every customer account opened, they gave $10 to a nonprofit organization in their community. As a result, over $30,000 was given back to nonprofits in their community. Register for this webinar to learn more about Magical Moments and how you could do something similar in your community.

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Kim Simon

VP, Marketing Officer

Suzy Barta

VP, Marketing Services Manager



CDFIs and MWLIs - Your Partners in Community Development

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Are you maximizing your partnership opportunities with high-impact institutions? You may have heard of them, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), but what about minority/women-owned financial institutions and low-income credit unions (MWLIs)? In this webinar, you will learn from CRA expert, Linda Ezuka about forging catalytic partnerships among various types of financial institutions and how to find them in your local neighborhoods. This webinar is tailored for the CRA professional who is ready to approach a CDFI, a MWLI, or wants to try new tools to deepen already established partnerships.

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Linda Ezuka

Owner, CRA Today

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Her Traditions - Community Involvement Ideas

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We know that the financial realities of a woman’s life are unique — different stages, different paths, different personalities, different levels of preparedness. So Traditions Bank created "Her Traditions," a program to support women in their unique lives. Her Traditions focuses on helping women gain the knowledge — and the confidence — needed to achieve strong financial health. In this webinar, we’ll share how Traditions Bank supports women through Her Traditions’ Financial Personalities as a tool to engage in goal setting. We’ll also explore the Her Traditions scholarship program, events, and communications, all of which are focused on celebrating and supporting women.

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Nicole Shaffer

Director of Her Traditions

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CRA Service Summit

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This webinar is a bit different! Accompanying Linda will be three banks. They explain how they were able to engage in innovative partnerships and programs and remain active in their communities. Linda Ezuka joins the conversation to provide her expert advice. In this webinar, we cover the following 5 key service concepts:  • Creating bank-wide incentive programs tied to employee performance • Increasing your commitment to financial literacy programs • Serving on committees and coalitions to aid in economic development and recovery  • Partnering with local community development financial institutions (CDFI's) to support short-term and long-term mission-based initiatives • Developing a mentoring program or workforce development program to inspire young lower-income individuals to consider banking as a career pathway. Watch now so you can learn these 5 key service concepts, learn from the experience of fellow bankers, and improve your CRA program.

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Linda Ezuka

Owner, CRA Today

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CRA Fundamentals: Illinois Credit Unions

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As a state-chartered credit union in Illinois, you may be wondering how the new Illinois CRA laws will affect you. We can only imagine how stressful and obscure this may be for you. Although the state hasn't finalized the new law, we do know federal CRA very well. As you wait for clarity from the state, you are invited to register for a free webinar on the fundamentals of CRA. CRA expert, Linda Ezuka, will start to orientate you to the core principles of the Community Reinvestment Act. In this webinar, we will cover • The history of the CRA • The core principles of CRA regulation • CRA modernization • Key provisions and CRA stakeholders important to this work

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Linda Ezuka

Owner, CRA Today

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CRA Service Fundamentals

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Remember the days when we were volunteering for nonprofit fundraising dinners or waking up early Saturday morning to participate in a community walk fundraiser? The pandemic has changed the ways we volunteer but the core concepts of CRA service haven’t changed. In this webinar, we will share the core principles of community development services from the basics to the most complex. Learn how to maximize CRA credit for community activities, how to use modern technology to collect qualified activities, and engage in programs like the Federal Home Loan Bank programs and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to take your CRA program to the next level!

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Linda Ezuka

Owner, CRA Today

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Kindness Kits - Community Involvement Ideas

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Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, State Employees Credit Union of Maryland planned to host their first companywide volunteer day during their annual month-long Giving Campaign. However, with in-person volunteer opportunities on hold, SECU instead shifted their efforts to a company-wide Day of Kindness in which employees took a full day to complete random acts of kindness in the community. By providing employees with kindness kits containing some tools to help get started, SECU ignited a movement to share kindness with friends, family, neighbors, and strangers to create a ripple effect that inspires others to spread smiles and positivity.

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Amanda Parsley

Sr. Community Outreach Specialist

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Solomon Dragon Boat Festival - Community Involvement Ideas

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Sometimes it can be hard to blend a fun activity with a cause that will really make an impact. But Kristin Kauffman of Cedar Point Credit Union has found a great solution. Each summer, Cedar Point CU is a direct sponsor of the Solomons Dragon Boat Festival. Community members get a chance to race long canoes, and all of the proceeds go to providing events and opportunities for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities in the Southern Maryland region. Watch this webinar to learn more about their sponsorship and how you could do something similar in your community.

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Kristin Kauffman

CMO, Cedar Point FCU

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COVID-Friendly Community Involvement Ideas

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COVID-19 has made holding community events hard this past year. Join our Community Involvement Ideas webinar to learn about community initiatives that have worked well during COVID-19. Non-profit organizations everywhere have seen a drastic cut in donations due to COVID-19. Theresa Wendhausen of First National Bank and Trust Company saw this gap and decided to take action. Through their Employee Directed Donations program, they’ve engaged their employees by having them select the non-profits they would like to support. Their employees get to play a bigger part in the donation process and non-profits get their much-needed funding. COVID-19 has made it difficult for families to provide for even the most basic necessities and many businesses have struggled to conduct their business remotely. Through their Rapid Relief Fund Grants, Melissa Denbow & Machias Savings Bank help struggling families receive food, shelter, and childcare. And through their Business Resilience Grants, they help support small businesses adapt to working remotely. 

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Melissa Denbow

VP, Corporate Giving & Community Relations

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Theresa Wendhausen

Vice President, Branding and Communications Officer

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Student-Operated Branches - Community Involvement Ideas

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Want to create a unique & impactful financial literacy program for students? Then this is the webinar for you! Alana Parker, Vice President, Community Development Officer, and Director of Relationship Banking will talk about First Metro Bank’s nationally recognized Student-Operated Branches program. First Metro has established branches within local high schools that are run by the students themselves! Watch this webinar to learn more.

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Alana Parker

Community Development Officer, First Metro Bank

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$5K Halftime - Community Involvement Ideas

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Wondering how you can partner with local schools? Sierra Jones, Marketing Assistant, will talk about Forward Bank’s high school cooperative programs. This includes a $5K Halftime program and their new (COVID friendly) School Pride Video Contest. Watch this webinar to learn more.

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Sierra Jones

Marketing Assistant, Forward Bank

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Grilling for Good - Community Involvement Ideas

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Looking for a fun way to engage your community? In this webinar, Danielle Remus, Marketing Director, will talk about NebraskaLand’s Grilling for Good program. With over 150 events each year, 600+ service hours, and over 45,000 hamburgers and hotdogs, “The Grill” has become an important part of NebraskaLand’s marketing and community involvement strategy. Watch this webinar to learn more.

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Danielle Remus

Vice President Marketing Director, NebraskaLand National Bank

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Pay-it-Forward - Community Involvement Ideas

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Looking for a community involvement program that will really engage your employees? Then this is the webinar for you! Julie Peterson Klein, EVP and Chief Culture Officer talks about Bell Bank’s Pay-It-Forward program. With Pay-It-Forward, each year every full-time employee receives $1,000 and every part-time employee receives $500 to give to a cause or someone in need. Since 2008, Bell Bank has generated 12,000 stories and donated $17 million as part of this program. Watch this webinar to learn more.

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Julie Peterson

Chief Culture Officer, Bell Bank

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