As a Tampa Bay owned and managed community bank, it goes without saying that we believe in making a real difference in our community through our ongoing support of civic leaders, charitable organizations and community events.

Supporting community leaders and businesses

  • “When a bank lifts the community up, it lifts each of us up.”

    Jim Cantonis joined the board of directors for NorthStar Bank because he saw its exceptional involvement in community service throughout Tampa Bay. There was something he found very empowering about a local bank that cares as much about its community and clients as it does its own assets.

  • “You can’t have a successful business without very personal business relationships.”

    As founder of The Woman’s Group, Dr. Madelyn Butler knows first hand how being responsive to patient needs and maintaining strong personal relationships equates to dramatic business success. So when she and her partners went looking for a bank, they chose NorthStar Bank, where they enjoy proactive solutions, highly responsive service, and close personal business relationships that are focused on the practice’s continued success.  

  • “Any bank can say they care about small businesses. I want a bank who really means it.”

    When Leisha Griffin and her partners founded Vykin Corporation in 2008, they already had a solid client base in the defense industry. But where many big banks turned them away, the NorthStar Bank team got to know their business, got to know them personally, and provided a line of credit to help Vykin win even bigger contracts.

  • “One call and I can meet with senior leadership in 15 minutes. That’s what I call a commercial banking relationship.”

    Greg Hearing and his partners may not be the biggest clients at NorthStar Bank, but they’re always treated like they are. Which is one big reason why their management labor and employment law firm opted for a trusted partnership with our community bank, rather than the impersonal anonymity served up by most regional and national banks.

Supporting community events and organizations

Dedication to community involvement isn’t merely a pastime – it’s a passion for many of our employees who live in the same communities we do business in. NorthStar Bank supports local events and charitable organizations financially and through the time and expertise of the bank’s board, management team and employees. All our staff are encouraged to be active in their community. Activities aligned with the bank’s objectives may be supported through reimbursement of dues and other expenses, donations and support of various events.

NorthStar Bank has contributed to more than 40 organizations in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, including:

Alpha House of Tampa
Boys and Girls Club
Boy Scouts of America
Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation
CDC of Tampa
Charity Works, Inc.
Children’s Home Society of Florida
Copperhead Charities, Inc.
Council for Educational Change
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Easter Seals, Inc.
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Gracepoint Foundation
Hands Across the Bay
HCSO Charities
HOPE, Inc. 
Junior Achievement 
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful
Lenses to Their World, Inc.
MCC Tampa Bay, Inc.
Morton Plant Mease Foundation
Moffitt Cancer Center
National Jewish Fund

Paddle Against Cancer
Phoenix Houses of Florida
Plant High School Academic Foundation
Positive Spin, Inc.
R'Club Child Care, Inc.
RCS, Inc.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Saint John’s Episcopal Parish Day School
Sal's Soldiers
Shepherd's Village
Stageworks Theatre
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital
Sustany Foundation
TAMCO Foundation
Tampa General Hospital
Tampa Organization of Black Affairs
Tampa Theatre
The Arc Tampa Bay
The Florida Aquarium
The Links, Inc.
The University of Tampa
USF Foundation Inc.

March 7, 2017 - NorthStar Bank employees volunteered at Junior Achievement’s BizTown. 

March 5, 2016 -  NorthStar Bank employees participated in the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s 5k Pro Bono River Run and Judicial Pig Roast.

October 23, 2015 -  NorthStar Bank employees participated in Diploma-See presented by Junior Achievement, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and Hillsborough County Public Schools, to educate students on the importance of monitoring their finances and staying in school.

August 16, 2015 - NorthStar Bank opened the doors of a new office located in South Tampa.  During the Grand Opening Reception and Ribbon Cutting, NorthStar with the help of 4Rivers, Puff 'n Stuff, Sunshine Valet and Breezin’ Entertainment, donated $1000.00  to local non-profit, Champions for Children.

July 30, 2015 - NorthStar Bank collected unwrapped toys and volunteered at the Christmas in July event benefitting St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.

November 21, 2013 - NorthStar Bank employees attended Feeding America Tampa Bay Empty Bowls event to support making a difference for 700,000 hungry neighbors who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.


April 27, 2013 - NorthStar Bank employees volunteered for the Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program that aims to create local change and build sustainable, vibrant communities.