Group of friends studying outdoors.
Social

Supporting our Communities

Annually, we donate thousands of meals, support hundreds of organizations and educate consumers on various financial literacy topics. We work closely with our employees to identify needs and collaborate with nonprofit organizations to lend our resources, whether in the form of volunteerism, material donations (such as food, clothing or toys) or financial support. We focus on nonprofit organizations that promote affordable housing, financial literacy/education or health/wellness and assist organizations of all sizes, from some of the largest in the area to local grassroots organizations.

Donations By SandySpring Bank Foundation $850,000

Sandy Spring Bank Foundation

Over the past four years, the Sandy Spring Bank Foundation has donated $850,000 to 19 nonprofit organizations in our region.

Personal Growth

Since 2012, Sandy Spring Bank and Vehicles for Change have partnered to finance cars for low-income individuals who need them to get to work and sustain their families. For Mother’s Day 2021, Sandy Spring Bank and Vehicles for Change donated cars to two local single mothers.

Advancing a More Equitable Community through Martha’s Table

Sandy Spring Bank has supported Martha’s Table since 2017. Through charitable donations and our employee volunteers, we work to support their mission of advancing a more equitable Washington, D.C. In 2021, employees volunteered at a back-to-school giveaway event hosted by Martha’s Table. Families were invited to safely pick up school supplies at no cost, including backpacks and PPE items. Sandy Spring Bank also sponsored Martha’s Table’s annual benefit, which helps the organization continue to operate nationally accredited education programs, pair healthy food access with physical and mental health services, and promote family success by investing in family leaders.

Financial Literacy and Education

For over 10 years we have partnered with EverFi, an education technology company that provides learners of all ages with education for the real world through innovative and scalable digital learning. In 2019 we shifted our in-person, high school focused financial literacy program with EverFi to an online adult consumer financial education program. This resource, known as The $tation, offers an assortment of interactive financial education learning topics, with subjects including building emergency savings, mortgage education and retirement planning. The site had nearly 10,000 visitors in 2021.

Sandy Spring Bank has supported Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland for 30 years. Our contributions supported several programs in the 2021 – 2022 academic year:

  • Skilled Immigrant Program: Provides courses on workforce and career development for mid- and advanced-level English speaking, bilingual, and multi-lingual credit and noncredit students.
  • Silas Craft Collegians: Offers a select group of students – most from low- to moderate-income families – personalized attention, mentoring, and peer reinforcement, as well as scholarships that help bridge the gap in the financial aid they receive.
  • Fueling Dragons program: Helps address food insecurity and provides nutrition and health education.

We also continued to support a scholarship program, first launched in 2005 with funding from Sandy Spring Bank.

Sandy Spring Bank has been the title sponsor for George Mason University’s Diversity Scholarship Golf Classic for over a decade. The 2021 event benefited two programs:

  • Early Identification Program: Supports the development of first-generation college-bound students beginning in the eighth grade.
  • Student Transition Empowerment Program: Supports first-generation students once they arrive on campus.

Health and Wellness

For over five years, our company has been a partner of the Capital Area Food Bank and the Maryland Food Bank. Each year we donate thousands of meals through our Season of Sharing, and employees volunteer their time at local distribution centers. These programs play an important role in providing families with the healthy food they need in a dignified and accessible way. In 2021, we partnered with CVS Health to hold a food drive for both food banks. Through donation boxes at each of our branches, we collected and donated more than 1,500 pounds of food.

Environmental Conservation

For the past three years, Sandy Spring Bank has supported the Chesapeake Bay Trust. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to improving the natural resources of the Chesapeake region through environmental education, community engagement and local watershed restoration. Each year the Chesapeake Bay Trust awards more than $10 million in grant funding to hundreds of nonprofits and community organizations throughout the region.

Affordable Housing

Sandy Spring Bank has collaborated with Habitat for Humanity through fundraising and volunteer events for more than 15 years, including its annual Women Build program. We also have long-standing relationships with our local chapters of Rebuilding Together, which provide free critical home repairs, energy efficiency upgrades, and accessibility modifications to vulnerable residents of our communities with our financial support and the efforts of employee volunteers.

In December 2021, a team of Sandy Spring Bank employees presented a $10,000 donation to the Capital Area Food Bank, which continued to experience high demand in 2021 due to the pandemic. After the presentation, the team helped to fill hundreds of boxes of food for area seniors.

Casual for a Cause

Casual for a Cause is an employee-driven giving program that supports local nonprofits. One day each month, employees can contribute to a different organization in exchange for wearing jeans or other casual clothes to work. Each year, employees nominate and select the organizations that receive our support. Since 2016, Sandy Spring employees have raised more than $75,000 for more than 55 organizations across our footprint as part of the program. Although many employees worked remotely for much of 2021, we enabled contributions through payroll deductions so that we could maintain our support for a number of organizations that provide important social services across our footprint.

2021 beneficiaries of our Casual for a Cause program:

  • Maryland SPCA
  • The Women’s Center, Northern Virginia
  • LEDC Latino
  • The Newwave Foundation
  • Community Action Council of Howard County
  • Manna Food Center
  • Friendship Place
  • Student Homeless Initiative Partnership of Frederick County
  • Adoptions Together
  • A Wider Circle
  • Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
Sandy Spring's employees check presentation at A Wider Circler

Volunteerism

Our employees play a central role in advancing our commitment to our communities by volunteering with nonprofit organizations. Employees are encouraged to sign up for volunteer activities and events throughout the year, especially during our year-end Season of Sharing tradition. Throughout the fourth quarter of each year, we hold a number of community service activities and fundraising activities – from assembling meal kits and collecting toys to holding online silent auctions and cookie bake-offs – that bring employees together to support those in need.

In 2021 we launched our Community Engagement + Brand Ambassador Committee with volunteers from across the company to identify opportunities to serve our local communities in ways aligned with our strategic giving pillars and coordinate employee engagement.

Employees are encouraged to record their volunteer hours on the company’s intranet. Once submitted, the employee is entered into a monthly prize drawing.

Capital Area Food Bank Volunteer
6,379
Volunteer hours
203
Organizations served

Outside of work, many of our employees are involved in other nonprofit organizations such as schools, places of worship and community groups. To encourage our employees to pursue their passion in the community and to show our appreciation, we created Dollars for Doers. When an employee volunteers at least 50 hours annually to an organization, we make a donation to that nonprofit in recognition of their service.

2021 beneficiaries of our Season of Sharing:
  • Adoptions Together
  • Pajama Program
  • Everybody Wins DC
  • A Wider Circle
  • Toys for Tots
  • Howard County Food Bank
  • Capital Area Food Bank
  • Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
  • Anne Arundel County Literacy Council