Fifth Third Convenes National Community Advisory Forum to Fulfill $30 Billion Commitment Pledge

Cincinnati - Fifth Third Bancorp convened the inaugural meeting of its newly-formed national Community Advisory Forum (CAF) on May 12. Later this month, Fifth Third will convene five regional community advisory forums in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio. 

The convening of the Community Advisory Forums, or CAFs, fulfills a key promise made in Fifth Third’s $30 billion community commitment. The five-year plan is designed to make a long-lasting positive impact in the lives of individuals within communities served by Fifth Third, particularly those in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. The commitment includes mortgage lending, small business lending, micro-lending, community development lending and investments, as well as Fifth Third Impact Initiatives, including philanthropy, financial empowerment programming, branches and staffing, and inclusion and diversity. Fifth Third invested $7.88 billion, or 26.3 percent, of the commitment in 2016, as announced in its first-year results report

Fifth Third’s national CAF is chaired by Fifth Third Bancorp Executive Vice President Brian Lamb. It has 18 members who will meet three times per year. The first meeting was held in the Bank’s headquarters city of Cincinnati, Ohio. The five regional CAFs consist of 75 community leaders and meet twice per year. They are chaired by Fifth Third’s regional community and economic development managers. 

The CAFs continue a long-standing tradition of Fifth Third’s engagement with community leadership. Over the course of 2016, Fifth Third leadership held 154 community engagement sessions, with the majority of those conducted with organizations affiliated with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

“Convening our community advisory forums is a strategic part of how Fifth Third is keeping the customer at the center of everything we do,” said Lamb. “The members of our national and regional forums represent our 10 Consumer Bank states and their work in our communities will help guide our actions to ensure we are best meeting their needs.” 

Lamb continued, “When we made our $30 billion community commitment, we pledged to assemble advisory forums and work with community leadership to affect positive change. Fulfilling this pledge brings together a national CAF with a combined 470 years of experience in community development. We are poised to accomplish great things together.”

Dory Rand, president of Woodstock Institute, a financial justice research and policy nonprofit based in Chicago, said, “I am excited to participate in Fifth Third’s national Community Advisory Forum because their $30 billion community commitment, which Woodstock and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition helped develop, will result in significant investments in and benefits to underserved low- and moderate-income communities, including new branches and increased small business lending. All of this will help create jobs and provide needed community amenities.” 

The members of the national CAF include:

Farad Ali
President and CEO 
The Institute of Minority Economic Development
Durham, North Carolina

Kay Bowers
Executive Director
New Level Community Development Corporation
Nashville, Tennessee

S. Barbara Busch
Executive Director of Housing Development
Working in Neighborhoods
Cincinnati, Ohio

Kimberlee R. Cornett
Social Investment Practice Managing Director
The Kresge Foundation
Troy, Michigan 

Catherine Hope Crosby
Executive Director
City of Dayton Human Relations Council
Dayton, Ohio

Kevin L. Dunlap
Executive Director
Louisville, Kentucky

Kate S. Little
President & CEO
Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia

Inez Long
President & CEO
BBIF Florida
Orlando, Florida

Mark J. McDermott
Vice President, Ohio Market Leader
Enterprise Community Partners
Cleveland, Ohio

Carolyn E. Mosby
President & CEO
Midstates Minority Supplier Diversity Council
Indianapolis, Indiana

Susan Porciau
Director of Homeless Training and Technical Assistance
Florida Housing Coalition
St. Petersburg, Florida

Keith Rachey
Senior Vice President & COO
Community Reinvestment Fund USA
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dory M. Rand
Woodstock Institute
Chicago, Illinois

Mary Fran Riley
Senior Vice President for External Affairs
Accion Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

J. Jacob Sipe
Executive Director
Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
Indianapolis, Indiana

John Taylor
President & CEO
National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Washington, D.C.

Chris Uhl
Vice President of Community Investments
Rock Ventures, LLC (A Quicken Loan Company)
Detroit, Michigan

Eric Watson
President & CEO
Carolinas Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council
Charlotte, North Carolina.

More information about the Community Commitment is available in the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report and at

About Fifth Third

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had $142 billion in assets and operates 1,191 full-service Banking Centers, and 2,495 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending and Wealth & Asset Management. Fifth Third also has a 17.9% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of December 31, 2016, had $315 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $31 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust and Brokerage businesses. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.”