National Bank to donate up to $250,000 for the victims in Haïti - The Bank will match donations by employees and the general public

Montreal, 13 January 2010 - 

National Bank will contribute up to $250,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to support the organization’s relief efforts for the victims of the earthquake in Haïti.

In addition to making a corporate donation of $150,000, National Bank will match all donations made by its employees and the general public through its branches, up to $100,000.

‘‘We cannot be indifferent to events like the one in Haïti’’, said Louis Vachon, CEO of National Bank Financial Group.   Being involved in the community and having many employees and clients coming from that country, we want to support them in these difficult times by making an important donation to the Red Cross’’.

National Bank has also taken the following initiatives to support the fundraising efforts of the Canadian Red Cross:

  • National Bank MasterCard cardholders with À la carte Rewards Plan may, if they wish, exchange their reward points on-line, free of charge, for a cash donation to the Canadian Red Cross at www.nbcrewards.ca or by calling 514-847-8280 or 1-800-341-8083
  • Counter cards placed at the counter will remind Bank customers that they can make donations at any National Bank branch.

All donations made at National Bank branches will be sent to the Canadian Red Cross and will be used to provide immediate relief and basic supplies to the victims. The Canadian Red Cross will issue tax receipts for all donations of $10 and over.

For more information, please contact Customer services of National Bank Group at 514-394-5555 or 1-888-483-5628.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group that provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has more than $132 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,747 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at
www.nbc.ca.

Information (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.):

Denis Dubé
Senior Manager, Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644