SunTrust Foundation Regional Contribution

Making an Impact

The SunTrust Foundation's support of philanthropic efforts spans across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states. The organizations we partner with are as dedicated to helping people achieve financial confidence as we are.

  • Washington DC / Maryland

    • 100 Black Men of Greater Washington

      Backed the organization’s National Collegiate Prep STEM Program in the Anacostia, Ward 8 neighborhood of the District of Columbia. With 48% of children living in poverty, our involvement in Ward 8 was critical. In only three months, 65 low-income students were positively impacted by our efforts.

      Junior Achievement Finance Park

      Provided support for a Finance Park learning program, designed to provide cutting-edge financial education. Students go beyond the classroom and experience what it’s like to be an adult for a day, learning money management, budgeting and entrepreneurial skills.

      Financial Empowerment Center at Prince George’s Community College

      Teamed up with PGCC to provide year-round financial services and coaching to PGCC students, Largo-area youth and other members of the community. The SunTrust Foundation provided grant money and SunTrust Bank teammates volunteered to help the FEC at PGCC reach more people with its financial capability services. From year-round tax preparation to financial coaching that will help participants increase credit, decrease debt and increase savings, PGCC is on a mission to reach as many members of the community as possible.

  • Virginia

    • Virginia Union University (VUU)

      Helped VUU create a financial education program for students, parents and community.

      YMCA of Richmond

      Contributed to the Petersburg Family YMCA’s plans to renovate their facility. This multi-million dollar renovation will enable membership and program expansion, as well as provide equity of opportunity for the community.

      St. Joseph’s Villa

      Supported campus-wide improvements that will enhance accessibility, technology, energy efficiency and service capacity. The new center will serve as many as 100 students each year, and is designed to attract new community partners and experts in autism.

  • North / South Carolina

    • Wake Technical Community College

      Reinforced the SunTrust Center for Financial Education, which has led a comprehensive campaign to raise financial capabilities among the college’s students, staff and interested community members.

      Classroom Central

      Supported the organization’s efforts to ensure that all children living in poverty have all the tools they need to not only learn, but to succeed. Classroom Central serves high-poverty schools in six school districts, and eligible staff can shop for free school supplies once a month throughout the academic year.

      Clemson University Emerging Scholars Program

      Collaborated to help disrupt the cycle of poverty and low educational achievement for at-risk students attending public high schools in select areas of South Carolina. Designed to change the way students think about their academic and leadership potential, the program gives them confidence and encourages them to overcome social, economic and cultural barriers.

  • Tennessee

    • University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture: “On My Own”

      Partnered to expand and grow On My Own, the University of Tennessee (UT) Extension’s financial literacy program for youth in Tennessee. UT’s unique program can now reach more middle school and high school kids with the tools, skills and know-how they need to become financially confident later in life.

      Junior Achievement Finance Park Virtual

      Partnered with Junior Achievement of East Tennessee and local area schools through support of the JA Finance Park learning program, providing cutting-edge financial education curriculum geared toward helping high school students learn money management, budgeting and entrepreneurial skills.

  • Georgia

    • Georgia State University (GSU)

      Supported GSU’s plans to revolutionize financial services for students, and allowed it to expand its customer service management. These additions and enhancements to the infrastructure will reduce students’ time to complete their degree, save them money and lower their student loan debt.

      Junior Achievement of Georgia 

      Partnered to launch the JA Academy in some of the lowest performing high schools in Fulton and Gwinnett Counties. Designed as a fully immersive school within a school, JA Academy brings real-world connectivity into the everyday academic experience to create a highly engaging and relevant learning environment.

      City of Refuge 

      Assisted City of Refuge in launching a comprehensive and impactful initiative to give less fortunate Americans a better opportunity to find and retain employment. Their efforts offered access to quality vocational training and helped participants create connections with potential employers. 

      Chatham Apprentice Program 

      Teamed up with the Chatham Apprentice Program via resources and workshops targeting underemployed and unemployed individuals. Aiming to improve participants’ financial well-being, our efforts helped them strengthen job skills and obtain certifications, enabling them to seek employment opportunities.

  • Florida

    • North / Central Florida

      Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University

      Supported Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University to help improve financial literacy among college students, faculty and community members. Workshops are led by SunTrust Bank teammates to help establish stronger financial habits leading to Iasting success.

      FireSpring Fund

      Backed their investments in economic development and job creation for Central Florida, and supported their efforts to provide mentorship, financial education and strategic planning to help technology entrepreneurs overcome funding barriers.

      Junior Achievement of Central Florida

      Supported Junior Achievement’s interactive learning experience designed to help high school students boost their financial literacy and career planning skills. This virtual course offers real-world scenarios, teaching kids how to budget, maintain a household and build a career. 

      Pulse Nightclub Shooting

      Provided three separate donations in support of organizations aiding the people and families affected by this Florida nightclub tragedy. Our donation to the OneOrlando Fund helped victims and their families through recovery. A contribution to Clearpoint Credit Counseling promoted financial counseling to OneOrlando’s beneficiaries. And a donation to the Orlando Health Foundation assisted its Trauma Center, which is the primary medical facility caring for the victims.

      West Florida

      University Area Community Development Corporation

      Backed their Financial Literacy for Kids Program at the DreamCatchers Summer Camp. Through the camp, kids learn the essentials about good money management habits. This is key to ensuring their security and well-being. 

      Project Prosper

      Assisted their mission to prepare recent working immigrants for economic life in the community. By helping them understand American financial services through small loans, matched savings, mentoring and financial education, they are empowered and have increased financial wellness. 

      Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida

      Supported Goodwill Industries’ Pathways to Opportunity program, which promotes financial independence among adults with disabilities, and addresses the gap in helping them transition from school to employment or secondary education.

      South Florida

      Florida International University (FIU)

      Co-created the SunTrust/FIU Financial Wellness Clinic to bring bilingual financial literacy to FIU students and the surrounding multicultural community. Through innovative and comprehensive curriculums, educational tools, consulting and workshops, Miami-Dade County residents will be equipped with the things they need to live more confident lives.

      Gulfstream Goodwill Industries

      Supported their mission of assisting people with disabilities and other employment barriers to become self-sufficient, working members of the community.

      Junior Achievement of Greater Miami, Junior Achievement of South Florida. 

      Junior Achievement of Palm Beach County 

      Provided support for programming, a Finance Park storefront and in-school curriculum. SunTrust Bank teammates volunteered their time to prepare youth for success by teaching financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness.


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