2021 Community Impact Report

Together, we can make a greater impact

We all live, work, play and pray in the places we call home, so it’s natural to want to make our communities the best they can be. Read on to learn about the philanthropy efforts and green initiatives that grow our impact on people’s lives while decreasing our impact on the environment.

  • Volunteerism

    Employee Volunteerism

    Rolling up our sleeves

    UBT’s employees are passionate about helping nonprofits provide services to individuals, families, businesses, and neighborhoods so they can thrive. We all live, work, play, and pray here, so it’s natural to want to make our community the best it can be.

    • 523 employees participated in Community Involvement
      (70% of UBT’s Lincoln employee base)
    • 1,750 volunteer hours tracked
    • Food drive: amassed 630 pounds of food and $3,286 from employee donations
    • Youth supply drive: supported three nonprofits with three pallets of supplies
    • Blood donations: Five blood drives yielded 134 unique donors (some give several times a year) and 266 total blood donations
    A row of UBT employees filling plastic sacks with food in a warehouse
  • Charitable Giving

    UBT’s Corporate Giving

    A culture and history of giving back

    UBT’s corporate financial support is focused around three key areas: education, the arts, and community betterment. All three play such an important role in setting up our future leaders for success, bringing beauty to our community, and lifting the hopes and spirits of those who need it most.

    • Capital campaigns supported in 2021 include Child Advocacy Center, Fresh Start, Lincoln Youth Complex, Lutheran Family Services, St. Monica’s, Tabitha, and The BAY High
    • Number of nonprofits supported: 150
    • Dollars given: More than $1.7 million
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  • United Way/CHAD Campaign

    UBT's United Way/CHAD Campaign

    One drive helps 65 agencies help thousands

    Our 2021 campaign supporting United Way of Lincoln & Lancaster County and the Combined Health Agencies Drive (CHAD) yielded our largest total donation to date. These organizations support 65 member agencies whose efforts help meet the need for education, income, and health for thousands of people in our community.

    • 491 givers = 61% participation
    • $296,742 in employee pledges
    • Campaign total $592,759 with UBT’s employer match
    • 188 Leadership Givers
    • Second-largest campaign in Lincoln/Lancaster County
    UBT employees doing landscaping on United Way Day of Caring
  • Scholarships

    Powering Academic Scholarships

    Helping brighten more futures

    UBT provided $560,000 in scholarships in 2021, with $500,000 going toward Learn to Dream scholarships and $60,000 to People of Prosperity scholarships. All told, more than 500 scholarships were awarded throughout 2021 (including Lauryn!). In addition to those two programs, UBT supported:

    • Lincoln Education Foundation — Future Teacher Scholarship
    • LPS Foundation — Financial Literacy Excellence Award
    • Lincoln G.O.L.D. — G.O.L.D. Scholarship
    • Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska — Real Life Academy Scholarship
    • Bryan Foundation — Bryan College of Health Sciences Scholarship
    A photo of a woman in a military uniform

Magic Moments

Spreading a little magic when it’s needed most

Union Bank celebrated the 19th year of our Magic Moments program during the 2021 holiday season. It’s our way of spreading comfort and joy to individuals and families who are in need or deserve some special recognition. Ten deserving families received personalized care packages, and it’s an honor to share that moment with them.

Financial Literacy Program

Building financial education foundations

UBT’s Financial Literacy program is designed to serve nonprofit organizations within Lincoln, Nebraska. For many, basic money management foundations do not exist. Financial skills may not be taught at home, and they haven’t always been addressed in our schools. There is simply an absence of knowledge when it comes to money, and we aim to bridge that gap in our community.

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UBT’s environmental initiative

Green Team

The team’s vision is to make UBT a sustainable, environmentally friendly leader in all communities we serve — now and in the future.

Recycling

Recycling services are in use at every Lincoln location (25 sites total).

Compost program

Composting service has been established at five larger UBT offices.

Water reduction

UBT replaced older faucets with low-flow needle spray aerators, reducing water output by more than 50% in those sinks.

Energy reduction

Fluorescent bulbs were replaced with LED fixtures at four locations per year, cutting energy consumption in those locations by 66%.

Furniture donations

Used bank furniture that is still in good condition gets donated to local nonprofits. Metal furniture items, such as filing cabinets and other scrap metals, are taken to the metal recycling facility. In 2021, we recycled 5,720 pounds.