National Bank Financial Group donates $50,000 to the Literacy Foundation

Montreal, 10 September 2010 - 

National Bank Financial Group is pleased to present $50,000 to the Literacy Foundation for itsThe Gift of Reading® project, which distributes new books to underprivileged children.

The Financial Group is aware of the importance of education for young people, and this financial support is just one of the steps it intends to take to help reduce the dropout rate and foster the desire to learn, from early childhood to university.

“Knowing how to read is an essential element of personal development and self-sufficiency and, by extension, of people’s individual contribution to society. That is why, on International Literacy Day, we salute the Foundation's 20 years of accomplishments in the fight against illiteracy,” said Lynn Jeanniot, Senior Vice-President of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at National Bank Financial Group.

Every year, National Bank Financial Group invests hundreds of thousands of dollars through its donations program to stimulate learning and make sure that young people have access to the resources they need to develop fully. More information on the many causes and projects the Financial Group supports as part of its commitment to the communities it serves can be found in our social responsibility report at www.nbc.ca/socialresponsibility.

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 over $146 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 18,438 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.

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Joan Beauchamp
Senior Advisor, Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-6500