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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2020 Matching Gift Program

  • 1,007 associates participated
  • Utilization increased 380% from 2019 to 2020
  • Distributed more than $123,000 in matching gift funds
  • Supported 784 charities across the nation

Workplace Giving Campaign

  • In 2020, we transitioned to a company-wide workplace giving campaign
  • Associates pledged more than $551,000 to nonprofits of their choice
  • Participation increased by 62% compared to 2019

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.

UMB Market – an interactive financial activity for kids

Explore the UMB Market, a grocery store and financial education simulation, for students to practice healthy shopping on a budget. While the UMB Market is typically conducted in person at the annual American Royal Field Trip, we’ve modified the UMB Market so it can be completed by kids independently at home or together in a classroom setting.

UMB Market

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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