Serving Gloucester and its neighbors since 1887, we at BankGloucester pride ourselves on giving back to the community. We strive for excellence in our duties as a financial institution, and in its support of local nonprofit organizations and community causes.

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Banking for the Community Donations
(since 2008)


In 2008, as part of BankGloucester‘s commitment to the Cape Ann community, we announced the beginning of our annual “Banking for the Community” event. The event, which runs each year throughout the month of September, invites residents of Cape Ann, Ipswich and surrounding communities to vote for their favorite local businesses and organizations. At the end of the month, votes are tallied, and prizes are awarded based on number of votes received.

2023 Banking for the Community Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

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On Wednesday evening, BankGloucester President, Patrick Thorpe announced the winners of this year’s Banking for the Community program. Over 10,000 votes were submitted, and the top nineteen organizations were awarded checks totaling a combined $30,000.

In first place, for the second year in a row was Cape Ann Animal Aid who received a $5,000 award! Following their lead, two more familiar names joined them in the winner’s circle. In second place was The Open Door Food Pantry, and in third was Generous Gardeners receiving awards of $4,000 and $3,000 respectively. The Ipswich Humane Group maintained its spot in 4th place receiving $2,000, and Better Together for Cape Ann, a new arrival to the ballot this year placed 5th, also receiving a $2,000 award.

The remaining $14,000 was divided into $1,000 checks and awarded to the following organizations: SeniorCare Inc, Cape Ann Veterans Services, Wellspring House, Ipswich Education Foundation, Maritime Gloucester, Gloucester Education Foundation, NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Health), Care Dimensions, Rose Baker Senior Center, Ipswich Dinner Bell, Manship Artists Residency, the Essex Shipbuilding Museum and our two write-in winners, Gloucester Boxing Club & Chorus North Shore.

2022 Banking for the Community Awards Ceremony

Thursday, October 13th, 2022

At our 2022 Banking for the Community event, $30,000 was distributed among 19 local organizations on Cape Ann based on the number of votes each organization received.

The winner of our $5,000 first place prize was Cape Ann Animal Aid! The Open Door collected the second most votes earning them a $4,000 award, followed by Generous Gardeners who will be receiving $3,000. Both Ipswich Animal Shelter and Backyard Growers received $2,000 each for 4th and 5th place respectively.

The following organizations received $1,000 each: Seaside Sustainability, the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, SeniorCare, Cape Ann Veterans, Beverly Bootstraps, the Rose Baker Senior Center, Care Dimensions, the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, NAMI, Chorus North Shore, the Gloucester Education Foundation, Essex Senior Center, Ipswich Caring and our two write-in winners, Chorus North Shore & Together Gloucester Inc.

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