At Commonwealth Bank and Trust, Brandi Rimpsey said she is proud to say that her company is “not just about banking, we’re about giving back.” As Vice President and Marketing Director, Rimpsey said she often serves as the proponent and planner for philanthropic efforts the bank is involved in, which span from local to national efforts. “I like the “feel-good stuff,” she said.”
One example of the bank’s community outreach is their support of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer for a second year. In its first year supporting the event, Rimpsey said she took pride in the way bank employees were engaged and used bake sales, chili cookoffs, tee shirt sales and other activities to motivate customers at the branches and fellow employees to give. “CBandT’s campaign fundraising topped $10,000 in 2016. They are currently fundraising for this year’s event to be held on October 28, 2017.”
“Many of our employees and friends have been negatively affected by this disease, so it hits home for our organization as a whole. We want to do what we can to show our support, and that’s why we campaign for the cause,” said Rimpsey.
Beyond their support of the American Cancer Society, Rimpsey said the bank is also very active with the March of Dimes Louisville chapter. Bank President, John Key, will serve as the chairperson for the March for Babies Walk in May 2018. Commonwealth also runs successful internal campaigns for both Metro United Way and Fund for the Arts annually. Last year, Commonwealth employees raised more than $17,000 for Fund for the Arts and more than $67,476 for their Metro United Way annual campaign.
Outside the aforementioned philanthropic efforts, Commonwealth Bank also provides support to a wide range of other charities. They sponsor the mobile mammography unit for Jewish and St. Mary’s Hospitals, host a golf tournament for Cedar Lake Foundation, support The Healing Place, Ronald McDonald House, and even small local non-profits like the Shelby County Community Theatre and Cabbage Patch. The bank is also the title sponsor for Foxhollow Farm’s Fall Festival which benefits Dare to Care. Last year’s Foxhollow festival attendance topped 10,000.
Headquartered in Louisville, Commonwealth currently operates 14 retail branches in Jefferson and Shelby counties, and two branches in Northern Kentucky.
Rimpsey said “I like to think Commonwealth Bank’s reach is far and wide in our community. We are invested in the areas we serve. Personally, I feel that giving back is good for your soul. When do you ever feel bad about doing something good?”
Michelle Ciancio, Branch Manager at Norton Commons, said she feels a personal commitment to give back to her clients and the community she serves. “Commonwealth Bank supports my efforts and realizes the well-being of our communities goes beyond our client base. We have a responsibility as leaders to help drive those communities – and the people who live in them – forward to a life of financial and personal strength. I’m so proud to work for a company that allows me to do so much good for my community.”
Ann C. Wells, Co-CEO of Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company, is a Kentucky native, and said her family is deeply rooted here, driving her passion for philanthropy in her home state.
“I have lived a very blessed life, so giving back to a community that has given me so much fills me with a sense of pride. Louisville and surrounding areas are very lucky to have organizations that graciously support the arts, our schools and individuals with disabilities. Giving back is something I always feel good about doing, and I encourage Commonwealth Bank employees and friends to do the same. If we take care of our community, it will take care of us.”