Past Winners


At CBA LIVE 2023 in Las Vegas, NV, the 2023 Joe Belew Award was presented to U.S. Bank Access Commitment™. Launched in February 2021, building on initial commitments the company made in June 2020 to ensure the bank’s workforce reflects the communities it serves, the program supports Black-owned businesses through grants and supplier relationships, and supports nonprofits and community institutions working toward racial equity. Read more about the program here.


2021 / 2022

At CBA LIVE 2022 in San Antonio, TX, Wells Fargo's Shaun McDougall (L) accepted the 2021 Joe Belew Award for Well Fargo's Drive Up Food Bank from Citigroup's Lloyd Brown (R), Chair of the CBA Community Reinvestment Committee. Learn about Well Fargo's Drive Up Food Bank here, and view video about the program here.



Ernie Johannson of BMO Harris accepts the 2020 Joe Belew Award recognizing the BMO Harris Neighborhood Network Partnership, one of two winners for 2020. Read more about the winners and nominees here.


Adrian Villarreal of IBC Bank accepts the 2020 Joe Belew Award on behalf of its program, Minitropolis, one of two honorees for the year. Read more about the winners and nominees here.



Congratulations to Woodforest National Bank, who was presented the ninth annual Joe Belew Award for its program, Woodforest Foundry.  Learn more about the program here.  Read more about the 2019 Joe Belew Award winners here.




For the first time in the history if the Joe Belew Award, 2018 yielded two winning programs. (Top) PNC Bank, in partnership with the Choanoke Area Development Association of North Carolina, developed the Community Connections Center, which has provided over 300 low-and-moderate income individuals from the surrounding community with free access to digital and mobile banking, online classes, financial education, college preparation tools and professional development.  (Bottom) Discover’s Bank on Wheels program provides low-and-moderate income citizens in Wilmington, DE with access to “no-barrier savings accounts” and financial education. Read more about these programs here.



The PNC Fairfax Connection is a free-of-charge community resource center providing local residents with internet access, financial education, and professional development programs. In January of 2017, the Fairfax Connection had more than 6,600 members, averaged 1,200 visitors per month, and offered distinctive programs through partnerships with local organizations. Read more about the program here.


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.


First Niagara Bank was presented with the third annual Joe Belew Award at CBA LIVE 2013 in Phoenix, AZ. The competition focus on 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. 


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