Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)
  • Our Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rating was 'Outstanding' on our most recent examination (for the period of April 1, 2017 through May 4, 2020) by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The Bank earned an 'Outstanding' rating on the Service and Investment tests and ‘High Satisfactory’ on the Lending test resulting in an overall ‘Outstanding’ rating. 2020 CRA Performance Evaluation
Community Engagement
  • At Columbia Bank, we are deeply committed to all of the communities in the Northwest where we work and live. From fundraisers to hands-on service, our passion for giving back helps move our communities forward. Our 2020 Community Impact Report highlights the work we’ve done to support the places we call home. 
  • Read more about our community engagement philosophy on the Community page.
  • Special 2020 Programs. The 2020 report also features information about how we adapted our programs during the COVID pandemic to support pressing community needs through the Pass It On Project and the COVID-19 Community Relief Campaign.
  • Company Giving: At Columbia Bank, we empower employees to support the causes in their communities they feel are most important. In 2020, we increased giving 15% over the prior year, reaching $3.6 million in company giving and supporting 1,102 organizations.
  • Fundraising: Columbia Bank raised $369,978 in 2020 and every dollar stayed in the community where it originated. 
    • $315,025 raised for local shelters in the northwest with our signature Warm Hearts Winter Drive. Columbia has raised nearly $1.5 million in combined donations since the program began in 2015. All of the clothing and funds collected are donated directly to shelters and relief organizations in the communities where the collections originated.
    • $35,902 raised for American Heart Association
    • $4,244 raised for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
    • $14,807 raised through employee-driven fundraisers 
  • Volunteerism
    • 2020 by the numbers:
      • Total Volunteer Hours: 16,373
      • Organizations Supported: 736
      • Board and Committee Service: 236 employees serving, providing 9,125 hours of service
    • Paid volunteerism program. Columbia offers 40 hours of paid volunteer time for full-time employees and 20 hours for part-time.
    • Melanie Dressel Community Commitment Month. This annual event is held in recognition and honor of our late CEO Melanie Dressel’s legacy of philanthropy and dedication to community. Groups across the bank’s footprint participate in volunteer activities, making a hands-on impact in the lives of our neighbors and community members. 
    • Financial Literacy: Columbia Bank employees provided financial literacy training to 714 students in 2020 via partnership with Financial Beginnings.
  • Employee Giving enables employees to give to the nonprofits of their choice via payroll deduction and easily access their Columbia Bank matching gift. Employee Giving totaled $140,588 in 2020.
    • The Columbia Bank Matching Gift Program makes $100 in matching funds available to each employee every year. The program matched $25,870 in 2020, benefitting 254 organizations with a collective impact of $166,458.

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Recognition. We are honored to have our efforts recognized by our peers from local, regional and national organizations.