Building Strong Communities
We're helping to build strong communities by becoming a bigger part of yours.
At the heart of a community are the people who live and work there. At BMO Harris Bank, we are committed to building strong communities by supporting the people and businesses who call those communities home.
We fulfill our commitment through philanthropic donations, local sponsorships, employee volunteerism, financial literacy outreach, community development investments and community development lending.
We work side-by-side with local residents and organizations to nurture neighborhoods, and are excited about continued possibilities for growing and revitalizing areas that have promise and potential.
Making an impact
The My Money Program teaches financial literacy
Students becoming teachers during Money Fair
Through the award-winning Money Fair program in Milwaukee, students can choose to learn about a wide range of financial topics, from loans to GDP. What’s even better? They learn how to teach these topics to others.
"Money Fair can save our lives"
Milwaukee-based Money Fair focuses on teaching kids about money. But in many cases, it can also teach important skills that, according to one sixth grader, may help them avoid debt and homelessness.
The story behind Help Given
When Eden Savery was given a chance to help out one of his long-time customers, he jumped on it. Find out how he was able to surprise a 91-year-old with the “best surprise of her life.”
Giving a hand up, not a hand out
WWBIC believes in helping people with a hand up, and not a hand out. Find out how they are helping individuals reach their goals of buying their first home, going to college, starting a business and more.
We’re not just arranging mortgages, we’re touching lives
For Rosa Ortiz of Minneapolis, a new immigrant’s long journey to home ownership took drive, determination – and a little help from the BMO banker who embraced her dream.
BMO lights up the night and lifts the spirit of a community
We joined with Cal’s Angels to give 4-year-old Hannah a special holiday surprise. Watch what happened at the Festival of Lights parade.
BMO employees step out from behind their desks and up to the plate
BMO employees stepped out in the community to help two local YMCA’s. With our help, one passed a crucial facility inspection and the other created a fun event for 600 kids and their families. Find out what we did to help here!
How one volunteer day created a long-term commitment
Volunteer Day has been an integral part of BMO’s philosophy for more than a decade. For one BMO employee, it grew from a one-time volunteer activity, to becoming an integral part of her life and career.
Kids learn how to save, spend and share money at BMO’s Bango’s Brunch
With more than 130 kids and their parents invited from the greater Milwaukee area, BMO Harris bank partnered up with the Milwaukee Bucks mascot Bango to teach kids the basics of managing money.
Talking about money: Bridging the disconnect between kids and parents
BMO Harris is a proud sponsor of Talk With Our Kids About Money day, a program designed to bring kids together with their parents and teachers to start the conversation about money.
Joining forces to make our communities grow and thrive
BMO Harris recently introduced new Community Engagement Councils — forums through which our employees can join with members of the community to increase collaboration and determine how we can all work together to serve our neighborhoods.
3,000 donations in Illinois community: A resounding 'sock-cess'
Close to 3,000 pairs of socks were collected for Rockford, Ill., kids in need during a week-long sock drive sponsored by community organizations, including the Rockford Icehogs hockey team.
Timing, Training and Hard Work — the Pieces of Financial Education Success
The pieces of the puzzle fell into place for community partners looking for a way to bring financial education to the Phoenix area.
Affordable Housing Efforts Hit Home for Milwaukee Family
When Jose de Jesus Ojeda wanted to buy a home, he had lots of support from a team of community and financial professionals, and a grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.
Cha-Ching! Money Smart Week Puts the Spotlight on Smart Money Management
Money makes the world go 'round and knowing how to manage that money makes it a better, more secure world for all of us.
Donation to Chicago's Rush University Medical Center
In two low-income and medically underserved Chicago areas, residents will see an improvement in the quality and availability of health care, thanks to a $5 million donation from BMO Harris Bank to Rush University Medical Center.
Helping Our Veterans Come Home
For veterans, coming home sometimes be a struggle; these organizations help smooth the way.
2,500 Hand-Painted Tiles Create One Strong Sense of Community in Chicago
As part of a city-wide collaborative effort, BMO Harris engaged a variety of community-based organizations and Chicagoans ? everyone from cops to kids ? in painting a "Mural Mosaic" depicting the city and highlights like Buckingham Fountain, the Blackhawks and Bulls, and BMO Harris Bank's own Hubert The Lion.