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The focus of the Joe Belew Award changes annually to reflect current financial issues. Previous Awards have focused on job creation, low- and moderate-income housing programs, and programs supporting military servicemembers, veterans and their families. The objectives of the Joe Belew Award are timely, and they are targeted to make a difference.
Regardless of topic, judges consider the following criteria for each applicant program:
- What is unique or innovative about the program that sets it apart from other programs seeking to enhance their community development initiatives?
- How is this program solving an issue in a new way?
- Does the program have an evaluation plan to measure progress and impact?
- What measurable success has the program achieved or potentially will achieve?
Sustainability & Replicability:
- Is the program sustainable?
- Could these “best practices” be replicated by other players in the industry?
- How has the bank involved organizations or individuals from the community in the program?
- What partnerships have been formed?
Large and small banks are judged on equal footing—CBA judges look for quality over quantity. The Joe Belew Award is not intended for full departments or entities within a bank that regularly perform charitable or philanthropic activities but rather for a specific program.
The Joe Belew Award winner and finalists are selected by a subcommittee of the CBA Community Reinvestment Committee in consultation with the chairman and officers of the Consumer Bankers Foundation.