CFBT Receives Philanthropy Award



Philanthropy awardCOLUMBIA, Tenn. — May 19, 2011 -- Community First Bank & Trust is happy to announce it was recently awarded by the Nashville Business Journal and the Jefferson Awards, for their 2011 Corporate Philanthropy Awards. Community First Bank was recognized with eleven other companies for their dedication to public and community service in the Middle Tennessee area.  Among these companies, Community First Bank was chosen overall winner to be honored nationally at The Jefferson Awards Gala in Washington, DC.


Community First Bank & Trust announced the Giving First program in 2010.  This program enabled its employees to make a philanthropic decision on behalf of the bank. The bank distributed $50 to each of its 138 employees and board members to leverage the bank’s cash grants and their own ingenuity and creativity to pay it forward by contributing to the local charity, organization, needy family or individual of their choice.


“This is truly an honor to be recognized by the Nashville Business Journal and The Jefferson Awards,” said Marc Lively, president and chief executive officer of Community First Bank.  ”We’ve always believed in putting our communities first.  Since we opened our doors in 1999, we have supported more than 300 organizations financially in the form of major corporate contributions and with volunteer support from our employees. We just took it one step further, increasing our employees’ engagement, with the Giving First program.  This program would not be successful without the creativity and generosity of our employees who embraced the Giving First program to the benefit of their individual causes throughout our communities.”


The Giving First program has meant more than just a community initiative. What it means is many things; assistance in purchasing a new wheelchair for a Spring Hill Middle School student, food and supplies to support pets at local animal shelters, books for every class in a Hickman County school, a small donation leading to a corporate sponsorship for Mercy Children’s Clinic, medical assistance for an injured resident of Maury County, monetary assistance to help an unemployed single mother in Williamson County, a cookbook developed and sold to raise thousands of dollars for area food pantries, and hundreds of dollars in donations to causes such as the Hickman County Senior Center, the Boys & Girls Club, aMuseu’m, The Family Center, CASA, Maury United, Junior Achievement, Women are Safe, Operation First Response, Imagination Library, and the list goes on.


Giving First Team success stories are available online at To learn more about the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, visit


About Community First

Community First Bank & Trust, based in Columbia, Tenn., was founded in 1999 by a group of Maury County business leaders who wanted to provide a superior banking experience for the communities they serve. CFB&T is a commercial bank with over $660 million in total assets, operating 10 offices located in Maury, Hickman, Rutherford and Williamson Counties. The bank provides a comprehensive line of banking services to consumers and businesses in the Middle Tennessee area. Additional information is available at