U.S. Bank’s $1 million investment in the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) demonstrates its continued evolution as a great corporate citizen through diversity and community development. With this five-year gift, it will also join the prestigious Corporate Leadership Council, a community of engaged corporate donors whose values reflect a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
“Honoring and celebrating African American culture is an important part of American history,” said Andy Cecere, chairman, president and CEO of U.S. Bank. “At U.S. Bank, we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and the arts, which brings us closer together and strengthens our communities. Through this support of the National Museum, we hope these historical stories and rich cultural experiences will continue to inspire many for generations.”
U.S. Bancorp, the parent company of U.S. Bank, is the fifth-largest commercial bank in the nation. The Minneapolis-based financial institution is committed to serving its millions of retail, business, wealth management, payment, commercial and corporate and investment services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner. This year, it was named a 2019 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute.
Greg Cunningham, vice president of global inclusion and diversity at U.S. Bank, is proud of the work his company is doing. “We are so proud to put our name in public support of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Through this support of the national museum, we hope these American stories, rich in cultural experiences, will continue to inspire all people for generations,” Cunningham said.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established by an act of Congress in 2003 after decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. The museum opened to the public on Sept. 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution and stands upon four pillars. One pillar — to help all Americans see how their stories, histories and cultures are shaped and informed by global influences — aligns with U.S. Bank employees’ shared core value of drawing strength from diversity.