The United Way
United Way of Central Iowa is one of our oldest relationships—it began with our founding in 1917—and remains one of our strongest. Annually, Bankers Trust joins nearly 600 other companies and organizations and a total of 40,000 donors to raise nearly $30 million for the annual United Way campaign.
The money matters because United Way of Central Iowa is working to achieve three ambitious goals by 2020: raise high school graduation rates in Central Iowa’s 22 school districts to 95 percent, increase the percentage of Central Iowans who are financially self-sufficient to 75 percent, and increase Central Iowa’s score on the Gallup Healthways Well-being Index to 64.5 percent. Executive Director Mary Sellers described the value of our involvement this way, “As one of United Way Chair’s Corporations (one of our top twenty corporate donors), Bankers Trust is mission-critical to achieving our bold community goals.”
Bankers Trust’s support is wide and deep. It begins with Suku Radia, President and CEO, and Jennifer Bryant, Senior Vice President–Human Resources, and reaches from our Employee Events Committee to touch every employee. Our contribution from the Bank and employees totals nearly $500,000 each year and employee participation registers at nearly 100 percent. Bankers Trust regularly ranks #1 in per capita giving and overall participation rate among the Chair’s Corporations.
Leveraging our contributions with those of other donors is paying dividends. Due to partnership with United Way chapters across the country, more Central Iowa students are graduating high school prepared for gainful employment or further education; more families are living in safe, secure housing and are becoming financially self-sufficient; and more adults and children are benefiting from healthier diets and better access to healthcare services. These friends and neighbors need United Way, and United Way needs us. We are proud to do our part.