During this time of great need in our country, it is more important than ever for each of us to make a meaningful difference in our communities. At Wilmington Trust/M&T Bank, we have always believed that building strong communities is the essence of what we do.
Since 1853, M&T Bank has helped business owners build businesses and accumulate wealth. Since the early 1900s, Wilmington Trust has helped successful families manage and transition their wealth. Most of our clients are philanthropic and turn to us for advice in how they can fulfill their philanthropic objectives. Together, we share a commitment to helping our clients achieve their professional and personal financial goals while improving the communities where they live and work.
Like so many of us, Kevin Pearson, vice chairman of M&T Bank, and I have always prioritized our support for organizations that improve our communities, particularly in the arts, education, and social services. As the head of Wealth Management at Wilmington Trust and a member of M&T Bank’s Management Group, I have been an active leader in our corporate responsibility efforts. Together with Kevin, we are honored to have been named to the Quest 400 list, which recognizes New Yorkers’ cultural, economic, and philanthropic endeavors.
With four offices in the South Florida area, Wilmington Trust has proudly supported the nonprofit sector in Palm Beach County since the mid-1980s. Florida has been one of the states most severely impacted by COVID-19 throughout the pandemic so we have increased our efforts to help those in need. We were proud to be able to donate in March and April through the M&T Charitable Foundation to six organizations across Florida contributing to COVID-19 relief efforts. We are grateful to Ted Brown, the regional president for Wilmington Trust, and Rich Gieseler, regional president for Florida’s M&T Commercial Bank, who led this initiative.
These funds went directly to the COVID-19 response funds for Feeding South Florida, the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, and the United Way organizations in Palm Beach County, Martin and Indian River Counties, and the Town of Palm Beach. These charities were selected for their direct impact in providing vital resources, such as medical care, food, and financial assistance.
This moment in time calls on us all to do all we can to make the largest impact possible, and we are continuing to accept and fulfill new funding requests from nonprofits through our foundation. Our work in supporting our communities doesn’t end here; we also continue to foster our long-standing culture of diversity, inclusion, and belonging for all of our employees, clients, and communities. Wilmington Trust and M&T Bank are committed to leading by example and motivating others to do the same.