Connecting with Community: Our Mission
The Bank of Tioga employees have joined together for a greater purpose and have found meaning what we do. That purpose is to ignite lasting client and community prosperity.
To ignite lasting client and community prosperity.
We help our clients transform their lives.
IGNITE PROSPERITY: "Ignite" defined as "to evoke emotion, to excite, to set in motion," and "prosperity" defined as "to thrive or cause to succeed" and, from the Latin prosperåre to succeed, from prosperus fortunate; (i.e.) "PRO" means (FOR) + spés means (HOPE) is what IGNITE PROSPERITY means to The Bank of Tioga. We are for hope!
Here is how we define what the phrase means to us:
We increase financial knowledge in our community.
We develop and invest in our employees.
We live generously both with our time and resources.
This is how we IGNITE PROSPERITY.
As a purpose-driven organization, employees find strength in the company’s story and are motivated to have more impact. We're inspired to give back in any way we can – whether that be financially, through volunteer hours or board service. We know for every penny saved, every child who learns the value of a dollar, every employee who is constantly improving, we are fulfilling our purpose. We invite you to join our purpose. Together, we can truly IGNITE PROSPERITY.
The Bank of Tioga is all about having a lasting impact in our community and we do this through a number of outreach efforts.
We believe reinvesting in the communities we serve is as important as the products and services we provide. We know the harder we work, the more we are able to give back. Giving. It’s one of our company’s nine core principles and one we’ll always stand behind. Together we make a difference. We encourage others to live generously and pay it forward. We have an entire page dedicated to our community reinvestment efforts.
Financial Literacy Efforts
We’ve highlighted a few of our financial literacy efforts on this page. Additional information can be found here.
We care about each community member’s individual situation and our coaching team wants to hear their stories. Do you know someone whom managing money a struggle for, needs help with saving habits or information on how credit works? Our team has the resources to help them. We invite individuals to speak to one of our financial coaches about personal finance, money management, budgeting, setting goals, debt and more. If you or someone you know is needing help or experiencing hardship this season, please take a moment to reach out to us. Also, we have the ability to meet virtually!
In the United States today, families are faced with critical financial decisions now more than ever. We are a resource to help individuals and families handle decisions concerning the economy, education and most importantly, personal finance with expertise. Our teams speak to different audiences in the community and try to meet them where they are. We've partnered with several local organizations to provide community engagement.
We believe financial knowledge begins at a young age. We created an entire division committed to creating a stronger, more financially savvy future generation through student (K-12) financial literacy education. We believe in a long-term approach to hopefully help create a more financially savvy future generation. Our team trains teachers on how to deliver financial curriculum at all age levels in addition to offering classroom programming.
Elementary School Branches
We currently have two elementary student-led banks in North Dakota. Our goal is to introduce the economic concept of saving money at an early age and reinforce this idea through programming. We want to demonstrate that saving money should be part of a student’s personal financial plan for their future, increase parental involvement in children’s lives through banking activity and provide unique learning experiences for all participants.
Special Events and Programs
Here is a highlight of a few of our special events and programs.
We like to get creative and find new ways to engage with our community through unique events. For example, for the last several years we have been hosting an event called TBOT Promise, where we bring in a national motivational speaker and go on the road local schools. We try to find a need in the community and be the catalyst for change, growth and sharing of new ideas.
Small Business Pitch Competition
In 2017, The Bank of Tioga started REV, a small business pitch competition in an effort to spur additional economic growth and to encourage business owners to pursue their dreams. Over $45,000 has been distributed to small businesses through this event. Learn more here.
Together, we can do more and when our employees team up, we have greater impact. The giving of time, talents and treasure is of great importance at The Bank of Tioga – and a great honor.
There are many facets to our outreach efforts but chief among them is empowering our employees to make a lasting impact on their community. Each year employees are given 50 hours of volunteer time off. Employees have used this time to build homes and playgrounds, to organize events for nonprofits and serve on nonprofit boards, among the many ways employees give back through volunteering.
Our employees are extremely generous and have found many meaningful ways to impact our community including participating in fundraising drives.
We invite you to reach out if you have any questions about any of our outreach activities.