In April 2019, The Philadelphia Business Journal honored the partnership between Ceiba and Santander bank as part of its annual Faces of Philanthropy event that recognizes excellent partnerships between non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.
Ceiba and Santander were honored for their pilot program that enables low-to-moderate income immigrants to save and secure low-cost loans for expenses associated with attaining U.S. citizenship. Since 2017, Santander has donated $450,000 to Ceiba and its coalition of organizations in support of programming in greater Philadelphia. Thirty-nine Santander volunteers dedicated more than 150 hours to provide support in two important ways – tax assistance and pro-bono legal services. Santander staff provided free tax assistance to 264 of Ceiba’s clients through sessions offered during tax season.