Past Winners


PNC Financial Services, in partnership with Volunteers of America Mid-States (VOA), provides residents of VOA’s Men’s Addiction Recovery Program with financial education workshops on topics such as credit, savings, and contemporary banking. PNC Financial Services also hosts two annual Financial Education Workshop series covering issues like budgeting and savings, understanding and repairing credit, and using contemporary banking products and services. Read more about PNC's winning program here.


Citizens, in partnership with Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships and Clarifi, a regional nonprofit providing financial education, provides a comprehensive initiative in wealth building and entrepreneurship to increase financial stability in the Mantua community. Supported by a Citizens Bank Foundation grant and dedicated volunteer activity, the Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money program directly serves those in deep poverty who have historically lacked the resources and support system to break the cycle of poverty and attain financial mobility. Read more about this program here.


Discover, in partnership with Dover Air Force Base and Delaware Technical & Community College  (DTCC), provides a work-at-home employment opportunity for military personnel and their family members.  Recruitment is done at the Air Base and DTCC in Dover, and job training is completed at DTCC as part of the college’s customer service training program.  Read more about this program here.


On Tuesday, March 12, 2013 the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) announced First Niagara Bank as the winner of the third annual Joe Belew Award at CBA LIVE in Phoenix, AZ. The 2012 competition focus was creating and maintaining affordable housing for low and moderate income individuals or communities, and First Niagara was selected for its Affordable Housing Partnership with Habitat for Humanity Capital District. 


Congratulations to Wells Fargo, the 2012 winner of the annual CBA Joe Belew Award! Wells Fargo was selected for its job creation efforts through the SFMade Manufacturing Incubation and Growth Program. The announcement was made at CBA LIVE in Austin, TX on March 20, 2012. CBA also announced the Citizen’s Financial/Charter One Growing Communities program as the honored second-place recipient and announced the programs submitted by Citi Bank, SunTrust Bank, and U.S. Bank as award finalists.


Topic: Housing in Low- and Moderate-Income Communities
Discover Bank's Comprehensive Rural Housing Opportunity Program (CRHOP) was selected as the 2011 Joe Belew Award winner based on the intricate working relationship Discover Bank has formed with a primary community partner, the Milford Housing Development Corporation (MHDC). The program has significant depth and breadth in southern rural Delaware. Discover Bank’s CRHOP Program Summary