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Sponsorships and Community Giving

Washington Trust sponsors a wide range of community events and activities such as road races, concerts, and festivals. Consideration is given based upon:

  • The extent to which the event directly benefits the communities and constituencies we serve.
  • Whether or not a bank employee is a member, volunteer or otherwise involved with the organization/event.
  • How critical the specific cause or program is to current events.
  • The scope of marketing, advertising, or publicity Washington Trust will receive in return for its sponsorship commitment.
  • Whether Washington Trust is the exclusive sponsor representing the banking/financial services industry.

Sponsorship requests must be submitted in writing at least 90 days before the event. Requests are reviewed quarterly.

How to Submit a Sponsorship Request:

How to Submit a Charitable or Sponsorship Request

Please click here to fill out the Washington Trust Sponsorship Request Form. You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • The type of assistance requested (charitable donation, sponsorship, volunteer assistance, etc.)
  • A brief paragraph outlining the key points of the proposal and the amount of the request.
  • The contact person's name, address, and telephone number.
  • Indicate 501-(C) (3) designation.
  • A brief description of the organization, its mission, years of service, and its role in the community.
  • If a Washington Trust employee or customer is involved with the organization, it should be noted on the proposal.
  • If the request is for a capital project, include an itemized income and expense budget for project.
  • Criteria by which the applicant will evaluate the success of the proposed project.


All requests must be in writing according to the guidelines above. Washington Trust does not generally make contributions to or for the following:

  • Organizations outside of our defined market area
  • Individuals
  • Religious organizations
  • Political campaigns or candidates
  • Labor, fraternal and veterans organizations
  • Travel expenses, registration fees or conferences
  • Pass through donations
  • National health research/ service organizations
  • Advertising, fundraising, or incentive programs


Each year, The Washington Trust Company provides two $5,000 scholarships to help two area students finance their college educations at Providence College, Bryant University and the University of Rhode Island. Scholarships are awarded to area students who have been admitted and have committed to Providence College, Bryant University and The University of Rhode Island.

Providence College:
Inquiries to: Office of Financial Aid at 401-865-2286 or finaid@providence.edu.

Bryant University:
Inquiries to: Office of Financial Aid at 401-232-6020 or finaid@bryant.edu

Application Process: Completed through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

University of Rhode Island:
Inquiries to: Danielle Klaboy at 401-874-9500 or danielle@uri.edu

Application Process: All scholarship requests must be submitted, in writing, to the Enrollment Services Office.

Affordable Housing Programs

Washington Trust is committed to helping low-and moderate-income borrowers purchase their own homes. We work closely with the borrowers and with organizations such as the Federal Housing Authority, Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation (RIHMFC) and Habitat for Humanity. With RIHMFC, we co-sponsor First-Time Homebuyer seminars to help borrowers understand the many aspects of the home buying process, including credit criteria, budgeting, and the responsibilities of homeownership. For graduates of the homeownership program, Washington Trust offers borrowers a $100 credit toward application fees.

Financial Literacy

Through the American Bankers Association's "Teach Children to Save" and "Get Smart About Credit" programs, Washington Trust bankers visit schools throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut to teach students about the importance and value of saving money and establishing credit.

Peanut Butter Drive

Peanut Butter Xpress

Each spring, beginning in 2001, Washington Trust hosts a month-long drive to collect jars of peanut butter for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and local food pantries.

In 2001, 2 tons of peanut butter was collected, and each year the donations have increased. Since then, we have collected over 115 tons of peanut butter for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and local food pantries.

For more information, please visit out Peanut Butter Drive website.

United Way

United Way

Washington Trust has been recognized by the United Way as a Platinum Company for the contributions made by the Bank and its employees. Historically, 2 of every 3 Washington Trust employees contribute to the United Way campaign each year. Through our support, we assist dozens of United Way agencies in our area. Our employees also volunteer their time to participate in the United Way Corporate Campaign and Dare to Care days.

Dial United Way 2-1-1. Get info, deal with a problem, discover options. One call gives you access to hundreds of resources across Rhode Island, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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