Even as our social fabric stretches under the weight of global challenges, there remains one constant: a shared spirit of generosity.
The nonprofit Banorte Foundation has long reflected that, not only lending a hand in times of trouble but also embracing meaningful advances in education, science, medicine, technology, economic and sustainable development, culture and other causes to create a better tomorrow.
Businesses must assume greater commitment to our people, to our communities and to our country.
The foundation led by Carlos Hank González tracks that community-centric principle that Banorte is far more than a bank. Its approach promotes those with boundless imagination, ingenuity and drive, uniting to improve the human condition.
The foundation has built a commitment to social involvement that is not only enduring, but nimble, responding quickly in the past several years to help many struggling through a natural disaster and health care crisis.
The foundation’s mission, Carlos Hank González said, “is to strengthen Mexican families.” Its commitments are long-term, placing significant value and trust in its recipients.
Since 2015, the Banorte Foundation has contributed
It recently has been at the forefront of multiple relief programs, including providing medical equipment to hospitals and food supplies to low-income families throughout Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also in 2020, the foundation also expanded its “We Build Strong Families” program, forging alliances with other organizations to aid families in vulnerable situations find adequate housing.
And under the “Adopt a Community” program, the foundation has continued its outreach to those affected by natural disasters. That’s included rehabilitating and rebuilding hundreds of homes after the 2017 Mexico earthquakes and strengthening the social fabric of local communities.
Recognizing the importance of the cultural reach of sports and the arts, Banorte, guided by Carlos Hank González, has sponsored the Global Champions League, an annual show-jumping series; helped bring the NFL, Formula One racing and the PGA Tour to Mexico; and protected one of Mexico’s most emblematic cultural archives, the National Museum of Anthropology.
From these initiatives and more, the foundation remains driven to find an ever-greater impact in the years to come.
The belief in the unlimited potential of innovation and discovery guides the foundation’s embrace of initiatives to educate and inspire the next generation of global leaders.
That’s reflected in its donations to the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. It provides higher education partnership grants for universities in Mexico and the United States, increases student training and exchange opportunities and strengthens regional education cooperation and competitiveness throughout the Americas.
Carlos Hank González said the foundation’s support underscores its global vision and responsibility and commitment to higher education, with many of the research grants focused entrepreneurialism, agriculture, rural development, sustainability and technology.
This giving strategy for education is broad based, diverse and dynamic. In recent years, the foundation has:
We want all Mexicans to have access to a comprehensive and quality education that provide them with the necessary tools to face current and future social challenges.
The “Banorte Adopts a Community” program began in 2017, a three-year initiative to assist those in nine communities struggling after devastating earthquakes that year. Banorte extended the program for another year through 2021, citing the continuing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Banorte’s commitment to Mexicans outweighs any contingency. We are the home bank, and we will continue hand in hand with our adopted communities,” Carlos Hank González said.
To date, the program has helped rebuild 646 damaged or destroyed homes, surpassing the original goal of 600. And it has distributed 6,500 food pantries to families in vulnerable conditions during the pandemic.
Banorte’s commitment to Mexicans outweighs any contingency. We are the home bank, and we will continue hand in hand with our adopted communities.
Among other benefits, the communities have received:
- A commercial market with 60 stores
- About 5,400 nutritional kits
- Water care workshops for more than 920 participants
- Cultural workshops for more than 2,910 participants
- Sustainable cinema performances for nearly 2,000 viewers
- Family finance workshops for more than 449 participants
- More than 7,000 delivered toys
Also in 2021, Banorte plans two new markets, a water purification plant and the rehabilitation of various public spaces.
The adopted communities are Xochimilco, Mexico City; Tonalá, Chiapas; Ocuilan and Joquicingo, state of Mexico; Atenango del Río, Guerrero; Tlayacapan and Jojutla, Morelos; San Francisco del Mar, Oaxaca; and Santa Cruz Cuautomatitla, Puebla.