Dare we write yet another post about Tallahassee's Capital City Bank and Veterans? You bet your sweet........ Not because they are the only business in Tallahassee that claims support for Veterans when it suits their bottom line. Because they are not. At least when comes to the Veterans Day Parade. Kind of like that Car Lot that sells Jeeps and fly's a huge POW/MIA flag. Not that we would mention any names. Though we have, see: Tallahassee Businesses that refused to support veterans day parade. Please note one business has been taken off this list since first published after they, like Capital City Bank, thought it in their best interest to pony up a token donation or as we like to call "hush Money". If there are others on the linked list that have given since publication, they have not notified us. If they do we will take them off the list.If you have not already done so please see, Capital City Bank disrespects Tallahassee Veterans-back story for more background leading up to this post.
So in light of Capital City Banks token gesture to those who have fought and died so they can make money (or in Capital City Banks case lose it) in a free capitalistic society we thought we might take a look to see if they can actually afford to give to anyone.
Considering they do give to the following:
List of Former Grant Recipients
At Capital City Bank, we pride ourselves on strengthening the communities where we live. As a result, our Foundation has funded a diverse group of organizations over the years. These include:
|Autisim Oasis for Kids|
|Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics|
|Boy Scouts of America, Central Georgia Councuil|
|Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia|
|Macon Area Habitat for Humanity|
|Arc of Bradford County|
|Communities in Schools of Bradford County|
|Citrus Hearing Impaired Program Services|
|Nature Coast Ministries|
|The Path of Citrus County|
|United Way of Ctirus County|
|DIXIE, GILCHRIST, SUWANNEE, LEVY|
|Dixie Education Foundation|
|Village Art Studio|
|American Red Cross, Georgia Wiregrass Chapter|
|Grady County Fine Arts Project|
|Grady County Habitat for Humanity|
|Plantation Trace Dance Council|
|Arc Nature Coast|
|For Each 1 Reach 1 Mentoring Program|
|Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County|
|Junior Achievement of West Central Florida|
|Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation|
|Standing Tall for Veterans|
|YMCA of the Suncoast|
|Main Street Monticello Florida|
|The Alzheimer's Project|
|American Red Cross, Capital Area Chapter|
|America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend|
|Big Bend Habitat for Humaity|
|The Boys' Choir of Tallahassee|
|Capital City Youth Services|
|Chosen for a Purpose|
|Communities in Schools of Leon County|
|Elder Care Services|
|Florida Sheriff's Association|
|James Madison Institute|
|Leon County 4-H|
|Leon County Humane Society|
|Literacy Volunteers of Leon County|
|New Destiny Church of Christ in Heaven|
|Oasis Center for Women and Girls|
|Office of the Public Guardian|
|Operation One Voice, North Florida|
|Southern Scholarship Foundation|
|Tallahassee Citizens' Police Academy Alumni Association|
|Tallahassee Community Chorus|
|Tallahassee Watercolor Society|
|Theatre A La Carte|
|H. Grady Bradshaw Chambers County Library and Codd Memorial Archives|
|Lanier High School Historical Society|
|New Horizon Community Theatre|
|Valley Haven School|
|National Alliance on Mental Illness, Wakulla Chapter|
|Wakulla Academic Boosters, Inc|
Count if you will, the number of Veterans Organizations listed as recipients in 2011. Now count the number of arts and other similar types of organizations that received donations. "Tallahassee Water Color Society?", "Theatre A la Carte?", "Village Art Studio?"
So yes, it does look like they can afford to give. After all, it is tax deductible. BUT WAIT A SECOND, CAN THEY? We went here and found this:
Loan loss provisions don't come close to outstanding loans, loans past due have increased, Capital and reserves have decreased, Total troubled assets are almost half of Capital plus reserves and LOOK AT THAT PROFIT HIT WILL YOU. Though our initial question was, why would any Veteran keep their money in a bank that disrespects them, asked here, To Tallahassee Vets, Why do you use Capital City Bank??? , our question now becomes, why is anyone keeping their money in what looks like to be a bank in trouble?
A banks first responsibility is to it's shareholders. We suspect their are many Veterans who own stock in Capital City Bank. We suspect we not many that are aware that Capital City Bank gives money to things like "the Tallahassee Community Chorus," or the "Tallahassee Watercolor Society" while dissing their own hometowns veterans day parade? Now call us crazy, but we could justify donating money to those who have put their lives on the line so that your business can exists. We have a hard time justifying giving money to people who may or may not sing and paint pretty pictures for you! MOST ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS OBVIOUS YOU ARE LOSING MONEY! Then again, every corporation has board members with wives who will say, give money to my pets my pet or else!
NOW, and who is the bank employee that raised the ire of our little, misunderstood, ranter, i.e. this writer? Well we looked "Ryan" (the name given us) up and found him various places, such as Access Tallahassee. You know thats what young professionals do. Plaster themselves everywhere they can talk nice about themselves. So here is what Young Ryan had to say (emphasis ours):
Ryan , a personal banker with Capital City Bank, says he loves his job because he appreciates the company he works for and the city he now calls home.
“I fell in love with Tallahassee right away and knew I wanted to stay here,” said Ryan, a Macon native and graduate of Georgia Southern University. ”But I quickly knew that I wanted to get involved in the community — go beyond and be proactive and make a difference.”
The best way to accomplish that? Join Access, of course.“Access Tallahassee has been a great launching pad to get me involved with like-minded, hard-working people in this community,” Poole said. “It also is a place for future leaders to meet with and pick the brains of current leaders. It has been very rewarding.”
Access also has been a great way to engage with others in the same place in their career, he said. “Access allows us to grow together with younger professionals and build bonds and relationships — and establish relationships over time that are helpful and fruitful both personally and professionally.”
Poole says he also like what the program means to the community. “Access helps us retain talent in Tallahassee and show new graduates just how great Tallahassee is.”In addition from Linked In:
THIS FROM A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL BANKER WHO WANTS TO GET PRO ACTIVE WITH THE COMMUNITY AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE????????????????? SOUNDS LIKE BULLSHIT TO THIS WRITER! SO WE ASK IS THIS THE KIND OF PERSON YOU WANT HANDLING YOUR MONEY, VETERAN OR NOT??? IS ANY ANY ORGANIZATION THAT WOULD PUT SUCH A PERSON ON THEIR PAYROLL AND GRANT THEM ANY RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER THE TYPE OF ORGANIZATION YOU WANT HANDLING YOUR MONEY???? COME ON PEOPLE IS NOT AMERICA IN BAD ENOUGH SHAPE ALREADY, THAT WE GOT TO MAKE IT WORSE BY SUPPORTING THE LIKES OF THESE..........
O.k. please excuse our little rant. But we do feel better now.
NOW what we hope you will do, is join us in a little campaign to Educate Capital City Bank and close your account until they get the message. Tell them why you are closing it to insure they get the message. Write the ceo/president of Capital City Bank, Bill Smith email@example.com so he knows why you are doing it.
For those who are veterans or family members of service men and women there are banks that appreciate you. You can bank by mail with them. Tallahassee businesses take their checks. We know because we use them. One would be Tyndall Federal Credit Union.
And to Tallahassee Dodge Chrysler and Jeep, take the flag down! After all the two top American made cars are the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord!