The Community Spirit Award honors an outstanding individual at one of our member institutions in Indiana and Michigan that has shown a commitment to affordable housing and community development. These individuals are advocates for their communities and have used FHLBank Indianapolis programs to improve the lives of those around them. In addition to the recognition, FHLBank Indianapolis makes a donation in the recipient's honor to a nonprofit organization or charity of their choice.

Nominate Someone for the Community Spirit Awards
Do you know a champion in your community? You can help us recognize their dedication to supporting their communities and increasing the availability of affordable housing by nominating them for this award. To qualify for the Community Spirit Award, nominees must be employed by a chartered FHLBank Indianapolis member financial institution.

The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2022 Community Spirit Award is July 1, 2022.

Please feel free to contact the Community Investment Department with any questions by calling (800) 688-6697 or by email at housing@fhlbi.com

Submit a Nomination

Past Recipients

  • Don_Cates

    Don Cates

    3Rivers Federal Credit Union President and CEO
    Fort Wayne, Indiana

    2021 Community Spirit Award Winner, Indiana

    Don Cates, President and CEO of 3Rivers Federal Credit Union, received the FHLBank Indianapolis 2021 Community Spirit Award for Indiana. As President and CEO of 3Rivers Federal Credit Union, Cates has been a leader in providing long-term housing options for underserved communities. 3Rivers was recently awarded a $500,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Grant to CASS Housing, a privately funded nonprofit that seeks to provide long-term housing options for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Marcus Rankins

    Marcus Rankins

    Metro Community Development Vice President, Asset Development
    Flint Michigan

    2021 Community Spirit Award Winner, Michigan

    Marcus Rankins, Vice President of Asset Development at Metro Community Development, received the 2021 Community Spirit Award for Michigan. In his role at Metro Community Development, Rankins oversees the small business lending, homebuyer readiness, financial counseling and homeowner grant programs. He has worked closely with FHLBank Indianapolis to secure funding to help fund Metro Community Development’s small business loan fund. This loan fund has resulted in over $4 million in loans to new and expanding businesses and created or retained more than 200 jobs.