The Banks Community Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support projects that benefit our local community by sharing expertise and resources to facilitate networking, training and project management.

The Foundation's goals are

  • Identify and prioritize projects for the Banks community
  • Increase our visibility and member participation to assist in project identification and completion
  • Raise funds for projects
  • Strengthen our organizational infrastructure to ready the organization for larger projects


What does the Banks Community Foundation do in the community?

The BCF has launched a website that includes a community calendar for use by all Banks' groups to advertise and coordinate their events, a community directory, and a community news page.

In a cooperative effort with the Banks Chamber of Commerce we continue to provide scholarships to students from Banks HS students. We also receive funding from local donors to provide two science/engineering scholarships at Banks High School.

In 2008 the Foundation received a generous grant from the Ford Family Foundation to complete the City of Banks playground project in Greenville City Park.

Projects that have resulted from Ford Leadership Institute training classes, sponsored by the Ford Family Foundation, are the completion of the sound stage study, the Main Street pennants and the Exit the Sunset to Adventure Guide to Banks and North Plains. The Exit the Sunset to Adventure brochure is now in its second printing and is available in the community at local businesses, Banks Library and Banks City Hall.

For the past five years, with funding from the Banks Lions Club and book discounts through the Friends of the Banks Public Library, we have donated children's books to the United Methodist Church and Assembly of God holiday gift boxes.

We have assisted with the long range Banks Strategic Plan that was developed in the summer of 2003 and plan to continue to work on these goals in the future. Banks