Through community partnerships, Sunrise staff facilitated financial literacy training to 160 individuals throughout 2014. Sunrise Banks also continues to offer Financial Choice, a financial counseling and budgeting service through Lutheran Social Services, to all of its customers and employees for free.
Sunrise was awarded with a $38 Million New Markets Tax Credit allocation by the Community Development Financial Institution Fund to spur new or increased investments into low-income communities. Two projects, Twin Cities Public Television and Seward Community Co-op, have received funds from our allocation to spur investment in severely distressed Twin Cities communities.
Throughout 2014, Sunrise was honored with a number of awards for our dedication to community development: Progress MN Honoree for driving economic growth in innovative ways; Minnesota Bankers Association Community Champion for making a positive difference; and Best for the World honoree for scoring in the top ten percent of all B Corps in overall and community impact.
Philanthropy and social impact are driving forces behind Sunrise Banks. In 2014, employees at every level of the company joined in to create positive change across the community. Whether it be a food drive, or proceeds from our coffee shop program called Park Perks, Sunrise and Sunrise staff use business to make a difference.