Category: Community giving

BMO’s community giving strategy is built on three pillars – collaboration, learning and innovation – that are supported by our 200-year commitment to helping improve the quality of life in our communities.


Holiday window display for Magnificent Mile Lights Festival BMO Harris Magnificent Mile Lights Festival kicks off

 

Community giving

You know the holiday season is right around the corner when the annual BMO Harris Magnificent Mile Lights Festival event takes place. This year, the festival took on a different look and feel. There wasn’t a parade, but a show was curated and shown in Chicago on ABC7 this past Sunday to honor the tradition […]

Mother and daughter looking at each other BMO donation makes Latino Progresando’s new Community Resource Center in Little Village neighborhood a reality

 

Community giving

Latinos Progresando (LP), an organization whose mission is to deliver high quality information and resources for people to build secure, healthy and productive lives, is in the process of transforming an abandoned library in Little Village into a community center that will provide essential resources to individuals. “Our neighborhood has faced so many challenges this […]

A group of people wearing masks in front of the mural outside BMO’s Lake Street branch in Minneapolis Juxtaposition Arts and BMO Harris Bank Create Mural of Hope & Unity

 

Community giving

Over the past several months, BMO partnered with local not for profits to create murals out of the plywood that was placed outside BMO Harris Bank branches damaged during the protests and acts of activism that took place across the country after the death of George Floyd. These murals were designed to bring the message […]

CBA | Joe Belew Award BMO Harris recognized for innovative community development program

 

Community giving

The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) awarded BMO Harris Bank with the Joe Belew Award for its cornerstone role and recommitment to the United Way of Metro Chicago’s Neighborhood Network Initiative. The 2020 Joe Belew Award is presented to the CBA member-bank with the most innovative and impactful community development programs. A record 14 entries were submitted this […]

Food bank at Instituto del Progreso Latino Instituto del Progreso Latino pivots to keep their community safe

 

Community giving, Diversity and inclusion, Response

“What folks need right now is different than last month, and next month it will change again. So we keep listening and learning to understand how we can help,” says Karina Ayala-Bermejo, CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino. “When we can respond right away to the needs of our community, that’s where we can really […]

Students creating a mural BMO continues to spread the word of unity and hope with new mural

 

Community giving, Corporate social responsibility

Earlier this summer, BMO invited Chicago students to transform the plywood covering BMO Harris Bank’s main Chicago branch during protests into beautiful works of art that communicate unity and hope. Two Chicago not-for-profits – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Lives and After School Matters – created murals that returned to BMO’s main branch windows as a […]