Bank Independent was founded in 1947 for the specific purpose of providing the citizens of the agricultural community of Leighton, Alabama with a financial institution after the "big bank" moved out of town. Our commitment to give back to the communities we serve has only grown since then, boosted by our founders' belief that "a rising tide lifts all boats." In other words, when we all pitch in, everybody wins.
Bank Independent's comprehensive Helping Hands program includes diverse charitable giving and community outreach initiatives to make a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors across the communities we serve.
Donations and Sponsorships
We are proud to partner with local organizations, teams and efforts that demonstrate Bank Independent's Mission and Values, and devote a substantial portion of our earnings to supporting these folks through our donations and sponsorships program.
We welcome requests for monetary donations or sponsorships or promotional items via our online request form.
When considering donation and sponsorship requests, Bank Independent favors local organizations focused on the following areas within the seven counties we serve:
- Civic and community life
- Arts and cultural activities
- Health and human services, and/or
- Economic development
The following are not eligible to receive donations and/or sponsorships from Bank Independent:*
- Political causes, candidates, or legislative efforts
- Lobbying or advocacy groups
- For-profit businesses
- Labor organizations
- Fraternal organizations
- Events, organizations or causes that we deem sensitive, controversial, or harmful or that pose a potential conflict of interest to Bank Independent
Despite that fact that he never graduated from college, our late Board Chairperson Edward Fennel Mauldin passionately believed that everyone should be provided the opportunity to attend. It was in this spirit that the Edward Fennel Mauldin Memorial Endowed Scholarships have been created in honor of Mr. Mauldin at the following institutions:
- University of North Alabama
- Athens State University
- Northwest Shoals Community College
Bank Independent hopes to institute scholarships at additional area colleges in the near future.
Applications are processed and recipients selected by the awarding schools. The only requirements for consideration are that the student must be a first-generation college student, live in one of the seven counties served by Bank Independent, and demonstrate financial need.
Bank Independent team members are personally involved in giving back to the community in all sorts of ways. Our folks coach youth sports, teach Sunday School, lead civic organizations, run 5ks in support of local charities, serve as volunteer firefighters, participate in festivals and events...their volunteerism is incredibly diverse and widespread. The common thread is our shared gratitude for what we've been given and our commitment to pay it forward.
In 2011, following the devastating April 27 tornado outbreak, Bank Independent created the Helping Hands volunteer initiative, an ongoing effort offering all team members—part-time and full-time—eight hours of paid time each year to devote to volunteering in the communities we serve.
Our volunteers have contributed thousands of hours of assistance to charitable organizations, including:
- Charitable thrift stores
- Food pantries
- Animal shelters
- School events
- Community parks and gardens
- 501(c)3 non-profit organizations
If your charitable organization could use a helping hand, we’d like to talk to you! Please submit a Volunteer Request Form or call our Community Engagement Team at (256) 386-5000.
*Bank Independent strives for cultural, educational, ethnic and racial diversity and believes in equal opportunity when considering donations, sponsorships and community outreach opportunities. We will not discriminate based upon a person’s age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background, other than as allowed by law.