Last year, Ken Hoelzl, Santander Bank manager in Ipswich, was particularly glad one day when he received a memo from the bank's corporate office. It was challenging local branches to look for ways to give back to their communities, and was just the opportunity Ken had been waiting for.
So Ken (pictured left) asked his four employees each to designate a nonprofit in the area. They put the list on a cardboard sign, placed it at the entrance of the bank and then asked customers to vote for the nonprofit of their choice. A ballot box near the teller windows made voting easy.
Six weeks later, Ken tallied the votes and Ipswich customers made their voice heard: their designated community nonprofit was the Essex County Community Foundation!
“I think people had a sense of what ECCF does for the nonprofits in our county,” Ken said. “Many from Ipswich knew of its work, and trusted that our contribution would be put to good use.”
On Monday, July 7, Ken presented ECCF Executive Vice President Jay Caporale (pictured right) with a check for $500.00, which will help support the efforts of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. And more good news: Ken hopes to collaborate with ECCF in new ways next year. “We’re both part of the community so why not partner?” Ken said. Why not indeed!
Many thanks to the customers and employees of Santander Bank in Ipswich for your generosity and vision to make Essex County a better place to live for all of us!