Maggie Stamoulis and Jo May from the Surrey Hills Community BankÂ® branch recently attended a ladies lunch at the Surrey Park sports pavilion hosted by the Surrey Park Football Club. The event was a fundraiser for the club and was enjoyed by many club ladies on a sunny winter day. The Surrey Hills Branch has a great relationship with the Football Club and we have recently provided funding toward the installation of the new electronic scoreboard.Read more
Size & Diversity of Community we support
Since the opening of the first branch in 2003,Â the Canterbury, Surrey Hills, Ashburton and Balwyn Community BankÂ® branches have supported more than 250 local groups and organisations. Weâ€™ve now contributed more than $3 million in sponsorship, grants and incentive payments.
The program has developed over time, based on a changing perspective about how the Community BankÂ® model can assist our local communities. Originally, we used sponsorships as a way of telling the community we were here. Now, weâ€™re looking at the returns we can get from our community investments:
- Returns to the Company, as additional banking business â€“ Additional banking business grows the profits of the Company, which in turn allows us to grow the community investment program.
- Returns to the community, as better outcomes â€“ These outcomes could not be achieved without the financial support we provide.
Sporting clubs account for just over half (50.3 per cent) of total community investments since 2005, followed by Community welfare organisations (25.0 per cent), Community groups and events (14.3 per cent) and Schools and early childhood (6.9 per cent)
Who we sponsor
Sporting clubs account for the largest proportion of sponsored organisations (42.02 per cent), followed by Community groups and events (28.15 per cent), Schools and early childhood (15.97 per cent), Community welfare organisations (13.45 per cent) and Business partnering (0.42 per cent).
For information on how we can support your community organisation please contact our Senior Manager,Â Nick Coker