Isabella Bank Director Memorial Fund
Isabella Bank has a long history and tradition of giving in our community. Founded in 1903 as Isabella County State Bank, the organization has grown to twenty-nine branches in seven counties. And, their philosophy of service extends beyond the bank’s needs as they strive to address the needs of those in the broader community.
“We believe investing in our local community is important,” said President Steve Pung. “We consider ourselves active members --providing financial support and volunteering to serve those who need us,” added Community Relations Director Mary Olivieri. “But, we can’t do it alone.”
In 2000, the Isabella Bank Board of Directors looked to the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation for their expertise in how to support community organizations over time. The Isabella Bank Director Memorial Fund was established to support the ever-changing needs of the community. “We trust the Community Foundation and the committees that make grant decisions to determine the best use of the earnings of this fund,” said Pung. “As our community evolves, the assets of a community impact fund, like ours, are available to respond.”
To date, the Isabella Bank Director Memorial Fund has provided funds for emergency equipment for American Red Cross disaster volunteers, technology improvements at the Rosebush Library, the startup of the 211 program at Listening Ear, fitness and walking trail at the Isabella County Commission on Aging, and the replacement of Santa’s House in downtown Mt. Pleasant.
"This fund allows us to honor our directors and employees, and to have a greater impact on those living in our community," said Olivieri. "It ensures continuity, from generation to generation, keeping our values constant for the bank and for the community."