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SunTrust named United Way GCL partner

SunTrust Banks Inc. was named a United Way Global Corporate Leadership (GCL)

SunTrust Banks, Inc.'s Executive Chairman, Jim Wells (left) and President and Chief Executive Officer, Bill Rogers (right) present a check for $2.88 million from the SunTrust Foundation to United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta President Milton Little (center) who accepted the donation on behalf of United Way Worldwide.

Partner by United Way Worldwide, and it underscored its commitment with a corporate gift of $2.88 million from the SunTrust Foundation.

SunTrust contributions to United Way during 2010 totaled $8.4 million, which includes more than $4 million pledged by SunTrust employees. Through the bank’s Solid Gives Back volunteer program, SunTrust employees also provided over 100,000 volunteer hours in support of community organizations, including the United Way and its partner organizations. This year, the bank reports it is on track to provide over 125,000 hours.

In North Florida, SunTrust Bank contributed $115,000 in combined corporate and employee gifts. In 2010, SunTrust teammates in North Florida provided more than 4,400 volunteer hours in support of community organizations, including the United Way and its partner organizations.

Global Corporate Leadership (GCL) partners make up an exclusive group of Fortune 500 companies committed to supporting United Way at the highest level. The program enables companies to foster positive change in their communities by contributing more than $1 billion to more than 1,200 local United Ways throughout the United States. As part of this GCL partner designation, SunTrust and its teammates will meet defined annual giving goals and volunteerism efforts through service to United Way and its community partners across the bank’s footprint.

“Helping build strong communities is a fundamental part of our rich history,” said William H. Rogers, Jr., SunTrust president and CEO. “Expanding our commitment to United Way as a Global Corporate Leader is a powerful expression of our mission – to help people and institutions prosper – and allows us to continue supporting positive, sustainable change that will have direct impact today and benefit future generations.”

Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide, said, “SunTrust has been an important, longstanding partner of United Way in communities throughout the country. Their tremendous generosity is matched by their willingness to volunteer and play an active role in creating community solutions. We’re grateful for their ongoing leadership and greatly appreciate their commitment to building on our work together and creating an even more robust partnership.”

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