Denver, CO (September 30, 2020) – In September 2020, First National 1870 and Sunflower Bank gave a total of $117,835 to schools and students in their local communities through donations from their ABC Program. Since Sunflower Bank originated the program in 2001, it has contributed over $1.4 million to support kindergarten through 12th grade education in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas. The donations distributed were generated from September 2019 through August 2020.
“We are thrilled with the outcome of this year’s ABC Program that provides educational resources that are needed now more than ever. Our communities have embraced the year-round nature of the program, resulting in our donation of $117,835 back to our schools,” said Mollie Carter, Sunflower Bank Chairman. “This year’s enhancements to the ABC Program are just one example of the innovative solutions we bring to our Sunflower Bank and First National 1870 customers every day.”
The ABC Program is funded in part based on customer debit card transactions and new accounts opened. Sunflower Bank and First National 1870 customers have the opportunity to select an ABC Program-registered school to support with each qualifying debit card purchase during the campaign. The standard school donation per transaction is $0.02*. Throughout the year there are advertised special time periods during which schools are paid $0.04 per transaction and $50 for qualifying newly opened accounts**.
In addition, from February 15, 2020 through March 31, 2020, all branch locations accepted kindergarten through 12th grade students’ report cards for the “Pay for ‘A’s” contest. Five contest winners per branch were chosen to receive $10 for every A grade, up to a total of $100 per student. Participating schools received a matching donation if one of their student’s report cards were chosen.
Local branch associates are currently registering schools to participate in the ABC Program’s next donation cycle. Public, private and charter schools, as well as parent teacher organizations, in communities with Sunflower Bank or First National 1870 branches are eligible to receive ABC Program support. Schools can use the funds as they choose for any programs or supplies. The next “Pay for ‘A’s” contest runs from October 1, 2020 through November 30, 2020***. To learn more about the ABC Program, speak to your local branch, or visit SunflowerBank.com/abc or FirstNational1870.com/abc.
*Offer valid 9/1/20-8/31/21. School must be a participant in the ABC Program to receive payment. Signature-based debit card transactions (credit) qualify for school donations. PIN-based any ATM transactions excluded. **Details provided at the time of the offer. ***No purchase necessary to enter report card drawing. Available for students in grade K-12. Drop off report cards 10/1/20-11/30/20 at any branch location. Drawing will take place 12/1/20. $100 maximum payment per report card.