Here Matters

Corporate Donations

From human trafficking and COVID-19 response, to racial equality and affordable housing, we express our commitment to communities through Here Matters, our community outreach program. In 2021, Synovus will award more than $3MM to more than 500 organizations in our footprint. As part of these efforts, our online corporate donation application process resulted in significant dollars for 189 agencies doing amazing work in our five-state footprint.

Markets receiving funds

Phenix City

Fort Lauderdale
Fort Myers
Fort Walton

Port St. Lucie
Brevard Co.
Broward Co.
Palm Beach Co.


Peachtree Corners

Dekalb Co.
Fulton Co.

South Carolina


2021 Corporate Donation Recipients

CRA eligible recipients’ names are bolded.

A Plus Education Partnership
Black Warrior Council, Boy Scouts of America
Care Assurance System for the Aging and
Homebound of Madison County
Community Service Programs of West Alabama
Dumas Wesley Community Center
East Alabama Chamber Foundation
Freshwater Land Trust
Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
Habitat for Humanity of Autauga Co. & Chilton Co.
Habitat for Humanity of Phenix City
Project Greene Light
Russell County Child Advocacy Center
The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs
Tuscaloosa’s One Place
U.S. Space & Rocket Center Education Foundation
United Methodist Children’s Home
Walker College Foundation
WMU Foundation
Woodlawn Foundation
YouthServe, Inc.

Achieve Escambia
Big Bend Habitat for Humanity
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida
Boys & Girls Club of Collier County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
Boys Town North Florida
Bright Bridge Ministries
Catalyst Miami
Cathedral Arts Project
Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida
Champions for Children
Children First
Clara White Mission
Community Partners of South Florida
Covenant Care
Earn to Learn Florida
Eckerd Connects
El Sol
El Sol, Jupiter’s Neighborhood Resource Center
Escambia County Public Schools Foundation
Feeding Northeast Florida
Florida Community Loan Fund
Florida Dreamcatchers
Florida Prosperity Partnership
Fort Lauderdale Independence Training Education
Freedom Life Compass
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida
Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami
Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County
Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville
Habitat For Humanity of South Palm Beach County
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County
Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth
Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Orlando
Hope CommUnity Center
Housing Foundation of America, Inc.
Humane Society of Sarasota County
Junior Achievement of Greater Miami
Junior Achievement of the Space Coast

Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired & Blind
M.I.S.S. of the Treasure Coast
Magdalene’s, Inc.
Meals On Wheels of Sarasota
Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee
Milagro Foundation Incorporated
Milk and Honey Outreach Ministries
Neighborhood Renaissance
Pensacola Children’s Chorus
Pensacola Opera
Pines of Sarasota Foundation
Rebuilding Together of Central Florida
Residential Options of Florida
South Florida Wellness Network
Tampa Bay Community Development Corp.
The Immokalee Foundation
The Jobs Partnership of Florida
UNF College of Education and Human Services
UNF Foundation
United Against Poverty, Inc.
Voices for Children
Warrior Rising
Waterfront Rescue Mission
Youth Haven, Inc.

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Foundation
Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
American Heart Association CSRA
Andrew College
Athens Area Diaper Bank
Athens Area Habitat for Humanity
Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia
Boys & Girls Club of Thomasville
Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Community
Calumet Center for Healing and Attachment, Inc.
Camp Twin Lakes
Chess & Community Conference, Inc.
College of Coastal Georgia Foundation
Columbus 2025
Columbus Economic Development Corporation (CEDC)
Columbus Hospice of Georgia & Alabama
Columbus State University
Columbus Teen Challenge
Communities in Schools of Augusta Richmond Co.
Dalton State College Foundation
DASH for LaGrange
Enterprise Community Partners
Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
Georgia FFA
Georgia Justice Project
Girls Inc. of Columbus-Phenix Russell
Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb
Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia
Greenbriar Children’s Center
Grove Park Foundation
Habitat for Humanity of North Central Georgia
Hand in Hand
Harmony House Domestic Violence Shelter
Historic Columbus
Liberty House of Albany
Lyndon House Arts Foundation
Macon Housing Authority Foundation
Macon Volunteer Clinic
Magnolia Manor
McIntosh County Schools
Meals on Wheels Atlanta

Medical College of Georgia Foundation
Mercer Medica lSchool
Morningstar Children and Family Services
Morningstar Urban Development
Morris Museum of Art
Muscogee County School District for Reach GA
Nehemiah Project Community Development
Operation HOPE
Pastoral Institute
Phoebe Sumter Foundation
Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation
Piedmont Regional/John B. Amos
Prevent Child Abuse Athens/Brightpaths
REACH Georgia Foundation
Revved Up Kids
Right from the Start
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta
Score Columbus GA
Second Harvest Food Bank
Sherwood Baptist Church | Hope Center
South Georgia Technical College Foundation
SOWEGA Council on Aging
STAR Foundation of Coastal Georgia
The Cancer Foundation
The Columbus Museum
The Georgia Heirs Property Law Center
The Scholarship Academy
Thomas University
Tift County Schools
Truth Spring, Inc.
Twin Cedars Youth & Family Services
United Way of Gordon County
United Way of Chattahoochee Valley
University Health Care Foundation
Valdosta-Lowndes County Habitat for Humanity
Walton Forward
Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus

South Carolina
Anderson Free Clinic
Boys and Girls Clubs of Kershaw County
Cancer Assoc. of Spartanburg Co. & Cherokee Co.
Growing Home Southeast
Hub City Farmers Market
International African American Museum
Kershaw County Housing Authority
Lowcountry Food Bank
Midlands Technical College Foundation
Mobile Meal Service of Spartanburg County
Public Education Partners
Senior Resources, Inc.
South Carolina Children’s Theatre (SCCT)
South Carolina Community Loan Fund
United Way of Kershaw County

Monroe Harding
National Museum of African American Music

Benefitting all our markets
Raise the Banner
United Negro College Fund (UNCF)


Although social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis eliminated the in-person, hands-on approach we usually take toward community service, throughout the pandemic, we were honored to support community agencies and people in need across our footprint, including matching contributions to the American Red Cross, financial support for Feeding America, and meals for first responders and front-line health care providers. A more expansive list of the organizations we supported during COVID-19 is here.

The southwest Georgia city of Albany was overwhelmed by COVID-19 in the spring, becoming one of the hardest-hit areas in the country on a per-capita basis. Synovus donated $25,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts at Phoebe Putney Health System, a not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system that serves more than 500,000 residents in southwest Georgia. Synovus’ contribution helped provide essential support to Phoebe Putney employees and their emergency response efforts to keep the community healthy and safe. In addition, Synovus provided more than 1,900 meals to the hospital’s COVID-19 and Emergency Center staff as well as Dougherty County EMS workers throughout the month of April.

Delivering thanks and meals in Albany, GA.

In Nashville, Synovus partnered with a local sandwich shop to provide meals for more than 1,000 medical personnel at St. Thomas-Midtown and Vanderbilt hospitals. The meals were delivered in brown paper bags and included a note of appreciation from Tennessee Division CEO Rob McNeilly. Also in Nashville, Angela Rice, a senior commercial assistant, knitted mask extenders for health care staff at NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield, TN. Following the delivery of her batch of mask extenders, NorthCrest Medical Center requested 100 more!

In South Florida, Retail Market Manager Lina Figueroa regularly volunteers with Gang Alternative,  a Miami-Dade County nonprofit dedicated to providing underserved children and families with alternatives to crime, violence, dependency, and delinquency through a holistic approach to academic, physical, social, economic, and spiritual development. Before Easter, Lina and several friends and family members helped Gang Alternative assemble 55 Easter bags bursting with holiday meal supplies and candy-filled plastic eggs. Lina and her husband delivered the bags to families in Little Haiti the day before Easter.

Retail Market Manager Lina Figueroa snaps a photo while delivering Easter meal supplies to Little Haiti, one of Miami’s most underserved communities.

In September 2020, as branches began to restore walk-in service and team members started returning to the office, colleagues around the footprint raised nearly $70,000 for community agencies and non-profits, and collected and delivered more than 15,500 bottles of water, 8,880 school supply items, and 7,300 meals for schools and food banks in the communities we serve. Organizations we supported in the fall 2020 Here Matters drive included Action Ministries' Feed the Hungry Campaign, the Alzheimer’s Association, P.A.C.K. (People of Action Caring for Kids), Opportunity Place, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Valiant Cross Academy, McKamey Animal Shelter, Athens Area Diaper Bank, United Way of Northeast Georgia, and Northeast Georgia Council on Domestic Violence.

Immokalee Branch team members pose with cases of water collected for Lake Trafford Elementary School in Immokalee, Florida.

Camden, South Carolina, team members support the United Way of Kershaw County Mobile Nutrition Center.

Nashville team members volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

A portion of approximately 300 desk dividers provided by Synovus at two Title 1 elementary schools in Columbus, Georgia.

Feeding Our Future

During the “Feeding Our Future” food drive in the fall of 2019, team members collected nonperishable food items and hosted financial literacy classes for more than 50 food banks and agency partners throughout our footprint. Team members delivered more than 61,000 meals to food banks and logged over 260 hours providing financial education lessons to more than 1,000 participants.

Feeding our future in Hendersonville, TN,…

… and in Columbus, GA.

In 2019, team members collected more than 15,600 bottles of water, three tons of peanut butter and jelly, 1,170 books, and volunteered for more than 50 projects across our footprint during our spring Here Matters Outreach. Some of the community organizations we supported during the spring project included more than 28 local food pantries in Atlanta, City of Lights in Jasper, AL, Manna Food Bank in Pensacola, and Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia.

In Columbus, students from Truth Spring Academy, Fox Elementary and residents of the North Highland neighborhood joined us for a block party, celebrating our month-long Here Matters partnership with Truth Spring Academy. Synovus team members served breakfast to all students three days a week and helped procure supplies for students and teachers.

In Montgomery, team members joined the scholars at Valiant Cross Academy to learn about financial responsibility and operating a small business for the school’s community garden.

Simple Needs

In 2018, team members collected nearly 28,000 diapers and more than 4,500 10-item toiletry kits (including shampoo, soap, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, etc.) for Synovus’ first Simple Needs Project. Boxes of diapers, baby wipes, toothpaste, mouthwash—73,000 items in all— were assembled into kits, packed, and delivered to more than 80 community service agencies across our footprint, including Nashville Rescue Mission, Tuscaloosa One Place, St. Pete Free Clinic, and Transitions Homeless Center.

Meeting Simple Needs in Columbus, GA

Team members also collected nearly 5,000 children’s books for more than a dozen community, education, and literacy organizations including Books for Keeps in Athens, Georgia; United Way of Nashville; and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley.

Columbus Market Executive Heath Schondelmayer reads with Boys and Girls Club members.

We also celebrated military members, public safety officers, and first responders as part of an “Honoring Our Heroes” outreach in 2018. Picnic lunches and meal deliveries to fire stations and precincts were provided to on-duty first responders throughout the footprint.

Fire, police and EMS from Columbus/Muscogee County, GA, and Russell and Lee Counties, AL, gathered for a picnic at Synovus headquarters.

Not every initiative is planned in advance. After Hurricanes Irma and Michael ripped through Florida and South Georgia in 2017 and 2018, respectively, team members in Columbus dispatched relief convoys. Using branches in impacted markets as staging areas, the team distributed hundreds of cases of water, gas generators, lumber, carpentry tools, and other supplies, and provided assistance with clean-up efforts. Around the footprint, team members raised more than $26,000 and the company contributed an additional $16,000 for distribution to team members with immediate needs and for community relief efforts.

Synovus team members clear trees in Lee County and Collier County, Florida.

As part of Here Matters, Synovus provides financial and volunteer contributions to local agencies such as United Way, which we support in many of the communities in our footprint, and Feeding America food banks. We also have long-standing relationships with many elementary, middle, and high schools as part of Here Matters’ focus on education. And Synovus’ team member-funded Jack Parker Scholarship fund has helped hundreds of team members’ children attend college.

Honoring our Team Matters

Our annual Chairman’s Awards are one of the highest honors Synovus bestows on team members. In March of 2021, we announced the winners of our 2020 Chairman’s Awards. The James H. Blanchard Leadership Award, James D. Yancey Customer Covenant Award, William B. Turner Community Impact Award, and Synovus Game Changer Award honor team members who best represent Synovus' culture and our focus on exceptional leadership, customer service, community outreach, and innovation. Winners are selected from nominations submitted by team members across our bank's five-state footprint, and each year, we’re proud to celebrate tireless efforts to support one another and our clients. More information about our 2020 Chairman's Awards winners can be found here.

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Synovus Community Outreach in 2020 by the numbers

$1,000,000: contributed by team members and corporate giving to the United Way

$110,500: Jack Parker Scholarship dollars awarded through 132 scholarships

24,000: volunteer hours supporting Here Matters community projects

4,100: Here Matters community projects completed