One of the Guiding Principles of Zions Bank is "to be actively engaged in community issues and help provide creative solutions to community needs. All employees are encouraged to be active participants in their communities.
Annually, Zions Bank employees contribute more than 100,000 hours to worthy organizations and projects in the communities where they live. They serve on boards, assist with community programs, teach students about finances and more.
The opportunities Zions provides for employee community involvement include:
- Teach Children to Save Day — A bankwide event designed to help K–12 students understand the importance of saving for the future.
- The Zions Bank® Paint-a-Thon — An annual event that brings employees, their families and friends together to paint homes of senior citizens and the disabled. Over the years, Zions’ employees have painted more than 850 homes in Idaho and Utah.
- Annual food drive to support food pantries in Idaho and Utah. To date, bank employees, vendors and customers have raised enough to provide more than a million meals for those in need. Each month employees donate 2 hours to purchase, prepare and serve an evening meal to the homeless.
- Annual United Way campaign and annual service projects for the United Way Day of Caring. Employees are involved with several United Way programs, such as the Women's Leadership Council, Young Leaders and Tocqueville Society.
- Participation in the political process through the Bank the Vote non-partisan program.
Zions Bank supports community organizations and events through donations and sponsorships, while serving a diverse population of employees, customers, consumers and communities. Decisions about donations or sponsorships are made by regional committees. For more information about the organizations that Zions Bank employees contribute to, see the Zions Bank annual report of Our Commitment to Our Communities.
Contributions are made to organizations in the following categories:
- Affordable housing
- Arts and culture
- Community service or community development
- Economic development
- Health and human services
Zions Bank empowers community bankers to make local decisions. It also receives valuable feedback from each community through regional advisory boards that help guide the direction of the bank and ensure consideration of local interests.
Local leadership includes:
- Local officers make credit approvals
- Product pricing is established locally
- Products are adjusted to fit individual market needs
- Officers enjoy visibility in their communities
- Charitable giving decisions are made locally
- Sponsorships are determined locally