George Lyons Partnering Bank Award

AZ Dept of EducationGeorge Lyons was a true champion of the Arizona IOLTA Program. He believed in the partnership between the Arizona Bar Foundation and the banks and their joint responsibilities to the community. In honor of his work and dedication to the program, the Foundation has created The George Lyons IOLTA Partnering Bank Award.

In order to qualify as a nominee for the award:

  1. The bank must be a current participant of the IOLTA program, meaning the Bank has a current, signed Participation Certification with the Foundation.
  2. The bank must be current with their monthly (or quarterly) remittances and reporting.
  3. The bank must be a 100% Bank, not keeping the allowed 10% fee, but donating the fees to the program for the benefit of the community.

All nominees will be notified of their having met the criteria and given the opportunity to submit an application to be chosen as the George Lyons IOLTA Partner Bank for that year. The Bar Foundation Finance committee will review the applications and make the recommendation to the Foundation Board for final approve.

The selection will be based upon the bank that has excelled in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Supported a school or community group to further their efforts in civic education through monetary or volunteer involvement.
  2. Supported a legal aid agency or law school clinic to further their efforts in providing legal assistance to those without the economic means to afford a private attorney.
  3. Supported one of the Foundation events or programs during the year through monetary or volunteer involvement.
  4. Supported another "access to justice" initiative that furthers the knowledge rights and responsibilities of Arizonans within the justice system.

 

2017 Awardee

National Bank of Arizona

 

National Bank of Arizona
National Bank of Arizona's Elevate AZ Scholarship assists full-time students of the Sandra Day O'Connor Law School. They provide over 20 CLE classes a year at no charge to Arizona attorneys.  National Bank of Arizona supports non-profits Junior Achievement, Kids Need to Read, Upward for Children and Families, Emerge!, and the Assistance League of Phoenix.  This year, National Bank of Arizona will sponsor Drive Fore Justice for the 3rd year in a row.

2017 LYONS DEN Awardees

Alliance Bank of Arizona

Arizona Business Bank

Bankers Trust

MidFirst Bank

Washington Federal

 

2016 Awardee

Alliance Bank of Arizona
Alliance Bank of Arizona has gone above and beyond this year in supporting not only its community, but access to justice efforts across the state. The bank works with Support of Schools to promote civic responsibility, supports Friendly House and their immigration program and is a sponsor of AzLawHelp.org.  Alliance has also contributed to over 300 non-profits, assisted in teaching financial literacy at Junior Achievement, and encourage employee volunteering.

2016 LYONS DEN Awardees

Bankers Trust

MidFirst Bank

National Bank of Arizona

 

2015 Awardee

Alliance Bank of Arizona


2016 LYONS DEN Awardees

Bankers Trust

Biltmore Bank of Arizona

Gateway Bank

MidFirst Bank

 

2014 Inaugural Year Awardees*

*for our first year, we honored five awardees instead of one

Arizona Business Bank
Through their fundraising event, Biz Bash, and their Foundation, the Arizona Business Bank has raised over $900,000 for Arizona charities. Grantees include Chrysalis, Central Arizona Shelter services, Make a Wish Foundation, New Pathways for Youth, Release the Fear, Save the Family Foundation, Teen Lifeline, UMOM and the YWCA.

Bankers Trust
Bankers Trust is committed to serving our communities. As a community bank, we encourage our employees to give back through volunteerism and in 2013 our team of 17 employees volunteered more than 200 hours. Bankers Trust is committed to financially supporting area nonprofit organizations. These include (but are not limited to): Valley of the Sun United Way, Native American Connections and Neighborhood Housing services of Phoenix.

Biltmore Bank of Arizona
The Biltmore Bank of Arizona has supported a school or community group to further their efforts in civic education through monetary or volunteer involvement. The Biltmore Bank of Arizona has also supported a legal aid agency or law school clinic to further their efforts in providing legal assistance to those without the economic means to afford a private attorney through our business partnership with the ASU Alumni Law Group.

BBVA Compass
Compass Bank′s employee involvement program supports their communities by providing volunteer opportunities and employee giving. BBVA Compass Foundation provides funding to non-profits providing community development, education, health and human services, arts and culture environment and natural resources and diversity and inclusion.

MidFirst Bank
MidFirst Bank has been a strong supporter of Arizona Women″s Education and Employment, donating thousands of dollars each year as well as offering competitive financing and board of director′s members. MidFirst also supports civic education through assistance in service learning projects and extracurricular activities. Their Fundraising Van program supported 67 charitable organizations in 2013, and helped them raise over $134,000. Through their True Corps program, employees provide volunteer support for community organizations.