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Community Bank System, Inc. Culture and Diversity Council

The Community Bank System, Inc. (CBSI) Culture and Diversity Council grew from the ground up. Once the seed was planted, one person raised a hand to foster it, and then another and another. The passion to support this initiative was obvious before it even had a name. Our Mission is to put faces and names to the concepts of diversity and inclusion. We are here to make sure no one feels unheard, unseen or uninvited. Through that effort, we’ll foster a culture that doesn’t just accept diversity, but values it.

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Community Bank branches will be collecting canned food donations throughout February in honor of National Canned Food Month. The donations will support local food pantries and food security programs throughout the bank’s footprint. Community members are encouraged to participate and bring nonperishable foods to their local branches, and all participating branches will be entered into a drawing for one of six $250 donations to a local food bank or food program of their choosing. We’re proud to rally our communities throughout the month to help address immediate hunger needs and work toward greater food security for our neighbors.

Celebrating Diversity Year-Round
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CenterState CEO Foundation Donation

We recently made a $250,000 commitment to CenterState CEO Foundation for its Growth + Equity Fund, which combats market inequalities and promotes diversity and inclusion among entrepreneurs, ranging from high-tech startups to those led by underrepresented founders. Our $250,000 commitment will provide flexible and patient capital to empower innovators, entrepreneurs, and business owners from historically marginalized backgrounds, including people of color, women, veterans, new Americans, and those with low to moderate incomes. Entrepreneurs engaged with CenterState CEO and its partners gain access to the Growth + Equity Fund through small business development programs, receiving strategic planning, customized technical assistance, network access, B2B services, and essential support to overcome barriers to capital access. This inclusive initiative is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve their business goals, having already helped five entrepreneurs of color, including three women, secure nearly $285,000 in grants or loans during its pilot phase. To learn more about CenterState CEO, its foundation, and its Growth + Equity Fund, visit

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