Community Involvement

Community is at the heart of everything we do.

Community Involvement

Community is at the heart of everything we do.

Commitment to community

For more than a century, UMB has maintained a commitment to the prosperity of each community we serve. In addition to providing financial products built for the needs of our customers, we use associate volunteerism and corporate philanthropy to build strong community partnerships.

Associate involvement

Our goal is to enable associates to be their best personally and professionally. UMB encourages associates to give back to their local community through various programs and initiatives. We empower associates and help them amplify causes they care about most by providing resources through the volunteer time off (VTO) and matching gift programs.

Enriching with purpose

We are always looking for new ways to enrich and support our communities, and to channel that energy, we focus on four philanthropy pillars: arts, agriculture, financial education and self-sufficiency. These emphasis areas help us strategically align our volunteers and opportunities for maximum impact.

Volunteering

A strong sense of volunteerism is built into the foundation of UMB. UMB associates receive two paid days each year to volunteer at qualifying organizations of their choice, in addition to company-sponsored volunteer opportunities offered throughout the year.

Leading

UMB's workforce is a diverse, talent-rich pool of individuals with various strengths, skills and connections. To use those skills for the good of the community, we encourage associates to partner with organizations that need the targeted expertise they can provide from within their field. Whether it's through board membership, committee involvement or educational programs that reach a broader audience, we are stronger when we serve together.

Giving

For more than a century, UMB has withstood shifting economic climates to thrive and expand into new regions. We are honored to be able to give back to the communities that have supported us over the years. UMB's giving policy includes sponsorships, donations and fundraising that align with our four philanthropy pillars: arts, agriculture, financial education and self-sufficiency.

Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)

Under CRA, UMB Bank is committed to helping address the needs of the communities where we are located. UMB and its associates are dedicated to our local communities, through financing for small businesses and providing loans to companies that support job creation and retention, to our corporate philanthropy and our associates' personal volunteerism.

Whether we're sponsoring a neighborhood school or raising money for local charitable organizations, we're dedicated to every city we call home.

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Diversity and inclusion

We pledge to support an inclusive workplace. At UMB we don’t see diversity and inclusion as the right thing to do, we see it as a way to energize our culture and ignite innovation, factors which led to our decision to join the pledge: CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion. We are intentional about diversity, with strategies designed to help us attract, develop and retain the most talented workforce.

Diversity brings unique ways of thinking and problem solving — approaching things from different perspectives always results in better solutions. Better solutions are what we strive for every day for our customers.

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  • More than 10,500 hours of volunteer time off in 2018
  • Health Equity Partner of the Year, Black Health Care Coalition
  • 30% of eligible associates take advantage of volunteer time off
  • Guardian Award, St. Michael’s Veterans Center
  • More than $2.4 million contributed to nonprofits in 2018
  • Ace Award, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
  • The associate matching gift program donated $75,000 to nonprofits in 2018
  • Associates dedicated more than 25,000 hours to community involvement work in 2018
  • Associates volunteered with more than 675 nonprofit organizations in 2018

School of Economics

A connection with School of Economics

School of Economics, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, brings real-world lessons to nearly 20,000 Kansas City-area students each year by providing interactive, educational experiences through curriculum-based field trips. UMB supports the School of Economics by leasing, for $1 annually, the organization space for its downtown location and providing a pipeline of eager volunteers.

Meet the 2019 American Royal UMB Market captains

The American Royal Field Trip, formerly known as School Tours, helps kids from across the Kansas City area learn the importance of agriculture in their daily lives. For the 2019 event, the American Royal renamed this four-day activity to better reflect how the organization helps connect students to all the fields in agriculture — career fields, fields of crops and fields of opportunity.

American Royal Market captains

Agriculture

UMB has strong ties to the stockyards and farming as a means for self-sufficiency and economic development—ties that it shares with its headquarters city, Kansas City.

Arts

For more than a century, art has been an integral part of the culture and character of UMB. As such, UMB works to enhance knowledge of and appreciation for the performing and visual arts by supporting art programs and events that entertain, educate and enrich communities.

Financial Education

As a financial services company, UMB is dedicated to helping our customers and our communities achieve long-term success. We support organizations and programs that provide people with the knowledge and tools they need to achieve financial health and stability.

Self Sufficiency

UMB aims to support programs, events and activities that promote and lead to self-sufficiency in ways that build and sustain vibrant communities. We make a particular effort to support activities that enhance distressed, low-to-moderate income communities and assist those living within them.

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Corporate citizenship

We work to live up to the high standards we set for ourselves and to exceed the expectations of our customers and communities.

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