Giving Back

One of the missions of the Texas Bankers Foundation is to serve and support Texas banks, their employees and communities. When needed, the Foundation has set up and coordinated disaster relief funds to collect and distribute donations to designated organizations or Texas bankers. One hundred percent of contributions received during these special drives went to those in need.


The TBA CARES (Crisis Assistance, Response and Emergency Support) program is designed to assist communities impacted by localized disasters. Working directly with TBA-member community banks in impacted areas, donations have been made to local organizations in Franklin, Dripping Springs, Marble Falls, Alto, Sonora and Junction following floods and tornados. After the mass shooting tragedies in El Paso and Odessa/Midland, donations were quickly made to victim relief funds. The program was initiated in October 2018. To date, $22,000 has been donated on behalf of Texas bankers.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Following the devastation of many communities along the Texas Gulf Coast, bankers throughout the state and nation wanted to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. A special relief funds was set up and $1.6 million dollars in donations were received. More than $1.5 million dollars of the funds were distributed to 732 bankers who had lost their homes, cars, personal belongs, etc. The remaining $32,000 in funds was distributed to four Gulf Coast area 501(c)(3) organizations with ongoing recovery efforts to help those affected by the hurricane.

West Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Members of the Texas banking community came together following the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas in April 2013. More than $163,000 was raised for the Victims of the West Explosion Fund, which was used to support the unmet needs of the victims.

Texas Bankers Fire Relief Fund

In the fall of 2011, when wildfires destroyed many areas of the state, the Texas Bankers Association and the Independent Bankers Association of Texas set up the Texas Bankers Fire Relief Fund. One hundred percent of the donations received went to the Texas chapters of the American Red Cross and the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund that supported Texas volunteer fire departments; a total of $67,680 was raised.

Supporting Wounded Military Veterans

Since 2015, the Foundation has made donations to organizations that support wounded veterans. Donations to the Military Warriors Support Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project help wounded heroes with mental health, career and financial counseling, long term rehabilitative care and mortgage-free homes. To date, $90,000 has been donated.

The Texas Bankers Foundation is a not-for-profit organization designated as a 501 (c)(3). All corporate and personal contributions to these funds were tax deductible.

President & CEO David Osborn and CFO Lisa Saenz of WestStar present a check to Mica Short of Paso Del Norte Community Foundation as part of the TBA CARES program.

First Community Bank employees serve first responders and citizens in Rockport.

Check presentation to West, Texas

Check presentation to the community of West

Check presentation to American Red Cross toward Bastrop wildfire relief

The American Red Cross of Central Texas recognized the Texas banking community’s generous support following the wildfires in 2011.