2023 Community Impact Report

Together, we can make a greater impact

Our local nonprofits do such an incredible job — every day — of supporting thousands of people in need, and it’s vital that UBT and other companies, in turn, support the people and missions of those nonprofits. Here’s a look at how the people of UBT, working side by side with these nonprofits, impacted people’s lives through philanthropy and green initiatives.

  • 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.

    • 612 employees participated in Community Involvement (including 63% of UBT’s Lincoln employee base)
    • 2,812 volunteer hours were tracked
    • Household item and tool drive: supported three local nonprofits with tools and gardening supplies and $2,050 in donations
    • School supply drive: supported three nonprofits with school supplies, books, and over $2,700 in donations
    • Blood donations: 236 employee donations over six blood drives yielding 178 units
    A group of UBT employees volunteering at a food bank
  • Charitable Giving

    UBT’s Corporate Giving

    A culture and history of giving back

    UBT’s corporate financial support is focused around four key areas: education, the arts, community betterment, and direct services. All four 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 2023 include Cultural Centers of Lincoln, CEDARS, Lincoln Community Foundation for Open Harvest, Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach, Solidago Conservancy, Lincoln Literacy, and Lincoln Parks Foundation for Youth Football
    • Number of nonprofits supported: 230
    • Dollars given: More than $2.5 million
    A pair of hands holding a heart shaped stress ball
  • United Way/CHAD Campaign

    UBT’s United Way/CHAD Campaign

    One drive helps 60+ agencies help thousands

    Our 2023 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 60+ member agencies whose efforts help meet the need for education, income, and health for thousands of people in our community.

    • 436 givers = 50% participation
    • $342,731 in employee pledges
    • Campaign total: $685,438 with UBT’s employer match
    • 197 Leadership Givers
    • Largest campaign in Lincoln/Lancaster County

    *Our Omaha associates supported their local United Way chapter, too, with 54 donors — an 81% participation rate — amounting in $37,550 with the UBT match.

    A group of UBT employees at a fundraising event
  • Scholarships

    Powering Academic Scholarships

    Helping brighten more futures

    UBT contributed $500,000 toward The Learn to Dream Scholarship, a scholarship also generously funded by the Acklie Charitable Foundation and Nelnet. In addition, $60,000 went toward People of Prosperity Scholarships. All told, more than 500 scholarships amounting in $560,000 were awarded throughout 2023. In addition to those two programs, UBT supported:

    • Lincoln Education Foundation — Future Teacher Scholarship
    • Asian Community & Cultural Center — ACCC Youth Scholarship
    • Lincoln G.O.L.D. — G.O.L.D. Scholarship
    • Lincoln Journal Star — Inspire Scholarship
    • Bryan Foundation — Bryan College of Health Sciences Scholarship
    Two youths holding a giant check from UBT
A headshot of Brittany Planos next to her finlit program highlights

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.

Union Bank Place

Reviving an iconic Lincoln landmark

Union Bank Place opened its doors in August 2023. With an emphasis on paying homage to the historical value of the space designed by I.M Pei and Associates while simultaneously finding ways to breathe new life into the building, Union Bank Place features a host of community-centric accommodations, including:

  • Small Business Center — a multi-purpose space for local business to use for meetings and conferences.
  • Small business pop-up shop — a space specifically for local small businesses who do not have a brick-and-mortar presence to occupy for a few months to sell their wares.
  • Stories Coffee Co. — a coffee shop available to the public that prioritizes people and love.
  • Downtown branch — a full-service branch, including a bilingual mortgage offer, to better serve the downtown area. 
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.


UBT’s efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle resulted in nearly 260,000 lbs. of recycled materials, including 240,000 lbs. of paper and 19,940 lbs. of metal.

Compost program

Composting service has been established at five larger UBT offices.

Energy reduction

LED lighting upgrades were implemented in Ainsworth, Valentine, and four buildings in Lincoln. Additionally, 10 HVAC systems were upgraded to more efficient units in Lincoln and Wahoo locations. 

Furniture donations

Eight office sets were donated to local nonprofits, consisting of desk, chair, guest chairs, and bookcases.

Shred Day 2023

In 2023, a record 3,000 cars visited our Shred Day event, resulting in the shredding of 53,000 pounds of documents by our friends at Paper Tiger.

Magic Moments

Spreading a little magic when it’s needed most

Union Bank celebrated the 21st year of our Magic Moments program during the 2023 holiday season. It’s our way of spreading comfort and joy to individuals and families who are in need or deserve some special recognition.