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UBT Partners With Propelr to Help Non-Profits

July 10, 2017

Community Commitment

UBT News

Union Bank & Trust (UBT) announced an exclusive partnership with Propelr to help raise funds for area non-profit organizations. Each time a Union Bank customer uses their Union Bank debit card at area participating merchants, a donation is automatically made to the customer’s pre-selected non-profit organization(s). This easy process eliminates the need to carry a separate pre-paid debit card, punch cards, or paper gift certificates. The program is free to the debit cardholder.

Over 125 area merchants with 6,000 locations and over 120 non-profit organizations currently participate in the Propelr program. Merchants include a wide range of services such as convenience stores, restaurants, grocery, clothing, coffee shops, health, and more. Non-profit organizations include private and public schools, churches, social services, etc. The merchant donations range from 2% to 20% of the purchase. Cardholders may select one, or as many as five, non-profit organizations to support.

“Partnering with Propelr is a natural fit for Union Bank,” stated Kevin Keller, First Vice President of Union Bank. “It is easy, it is automatic, and it raises money for the great work of schools and non-profit organizations in our community.”

Propelr, founded in 2015 out of Nelnet’s Innovation Hub, was created out of the need to help communities raise money and show support for local businesses. Propelr recruits new merchants who agree to a donation percentage and then markets to cardholders to encourage them to patronize participating businesses. Merchants can track cardholder activity and the impact they are making in the community.

“This partnership with Union Bank helps reinforce our ties to our community. Being able to support the program from a bank with local branches is beneficial to customers and non-profit organizations,” noted Mike Riordan, Propelr Program Manager.

Anyone may enroll in Propelr who has a Union Bank checking account and debit card. Current UBT customers may simply enroll online at Persons who are not a UBT customer can stop in any Union Bank branch to open a checking account, select a debit card and enroll in Propelr.

Union Bank is celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout 2017 with special events, special product opportunities, and community support. Propelr is one of several new programs, services and signature community gifts in 2017. The bank is providing significant financial support to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo expansion, Tabitha’s Meals on Wheels, Planting Trees in city parks, and an additional gift to be announced this fall.

Union Bank & Trust is a privately owned, Nebraska bank that offers complete banking, lending, investment and trust services. It is the third-largest privately-owned bank in Nebraska with bank assets of $3.6 billion and trust assets of $16.5 billion as of December 31, 2016. For more information, go to

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