The Joe Belew Award

About the Joe Belew Award

The Joe Belew Award was established to honor former CBA President, Joe Belew, for his commitment to community development. The award encourages and recognizes the efforts of CBA member banks whose innovative solutions address pressing social and community issues. The focus of the Award changes annually, with past honors spotlighting job creation, and low- and moderate-income housing programs.  The 2017 Joe Belew Award honored the applicant with the most innovative and impactful program to support digital access to financial services. 


2018 | Underbanked & Unbanked Consumer Programs

The 2018 Joe Belew Award was presented to the CBA member-bank applicant with the most innovative and impactful program serving underbanked and unbanked consumers, highlighting its “Beyond the Bank” efforts in the community.  The award was presented at CBA LIVE 2018 in Orlando, FL. 


  • Learn about the programs nominated for the 2018 Joe Belew Award here.  
  • Watch the 2018 Joe Belew Award presentation here.  
  • Read our press release to learn more about the winning program.


2018 Co-Winners - Programs Supporting the Unbanked & Underbanked

Congratulations to PNC's Community Connection Center, named one of two winners of the 2018 Joe Belew Award.


Congratulations to Discover's Bank on Wheels program, named one of two winners of the 2018 Joe Belew Award.



For questions or additional information, contact Maren Colon or call (202) 552-6394.  For printable details about the 2018 Joe Belew Award, click here.