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Fulton Bank Donates $10,000 to the Bench Mark Program of Lancaster

Publishedon05/29/24 WrittenbyLacey Dean

The program and Fulton Bank's donation supports local at-risk youth.

Lancaster, Pa. (May 28, 2024)– Fulton Bank, a subsidiary of Fulton Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: FULT), recently presented a $10,000 check to the Bench Mark Program, a strength-based family of mentors who use weight lifting, academics, and career coaching to propel at-risk youth towards success based in Lancaster, Pa. The donation was made as part of the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program.

A group of Benchmark employees receiving a check from Fulton Bank

Photo caption:  From left to right, Terrence Mercado of Bench Mark; Ayanda McGill–Jefferson, Director of Programs at Bench Mark; Smokey Glover, Director of Fair & Responsible Banking at Fulton Bank; Lydia Castaneda of Bench Mark; and Will Kiefer, Founder/Executive Director of Bench Mark

“We’re proud to partner with the Bench Mark Program and support their mentorship and coaching efforts in preparing today’s at-risk youth for a successful future,” said Wm. “Smokey” Glover, Executive Vice President, Director of Fair & Responsible Banking, Fulton Bank. ““Fulton Bank’s purpose is to change lives for the better, and one of the best ways we can do that is through youth training and education.”

Fulton Bank’s Fulton Forward® initiative is focused on building vibrant communities with programs, products and services focused on four key areas: affordable housing and home ownership; job training and workforce development; financial education and economic empowerment; and diversity, equity and inclusion.

“We are very grateful for Fulton Bank’s community partnership and generosity,” said Will Kiefer, founder and executive director of Bench Mark. “This donation will play a critical role in growing and sustaining our academic and athletic coaching and mentorship for young people throughout the Lancaster region.”

Organizations seeking funding from Fulton Bank can visit for more information, including gift criteria.

About Bench Mark Program

Founded in 2014 as a fitness-based mentoring program, Bench Mark is a continuum of care that supports at-risk youth throughout their journey in the juvenile justice and child dependency systems. The organization focused on long-term mentorship and evidence-based, trauma-informed mentoring practices. Since its launch, the organization has served over 900 students and has recently completed its first Women’s Strength and Fitness Center to further expand its positive impact on at-risk young women in our community.

About Fulton Bank, N.A.

Headquartered in Lancaster, Pa., Fulton Bank is a premier community bank in the Mid-Atlantic region. As a subsidiary of Fulton Financial Corporation, a more than $30 billion financial services holding company, Fulton Bank offers a broad array of products and services at more than 200 financial centers across Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. At Fulton Bank, we seek to change lives for the better by building strong customer relationships, providing significant community support and empowering more than 3,500 employees to do the same. Through the Fulton Forward® initiative, we’re helping build vibrant communities. Learn more at