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Meet ZOE

ZOE was founded in response to the humanitarian crisis of orphans left in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. Today, the nonprofit teaches vital life skills and provides a supportive community for more than 40,000 orphans and vulnerable children in seven countries.

Challenges Encountered

  • Transferring funds internationally
  • Accepting donations in foreign currencies
  • Operating remotely from locations around the world
Solutions provided:
  • Bill Pay
  • Digital Banking
  • Remote Deposit Capture
  • International Wire Transfers
  • Electronic Payments
  • Check and ACH Positive Pay

ZOE’s First Bank experience.

The chief operating officer, Randy Wiersma, shared ZOE’s unique challenges and how First Bank helps the organization overcome them.

What are the major challenges ZOE faces?

As a multi-national 501c3, we receive donations from around the globe and have to be able to transfer significant funds internationally. This can be a huge issue if we don’t have a financial partner that is reliable, understands our specific needs and is committed to our work. First Bank has done an excellent job filling that role.

What brought you to First Bank?

Recently we had the opportunity to establish ourselves independently, so we investigated our banking options. After reaching out to several banks, First Bank had the most compelling proposal and we’re thrilled to be working with the team.

How has First Bank helped ZOE overcome challenges?

When we were under a previous account, we couldn’t easily accept donations. Now that we are working with First Bank and have our own accounts, our donors can easily send us funds that support our programs and empower orphans.

We are thankful for First Bank’s quick response time and local focus, as well as their ability to help us meet our goals and grow. I would recommend First Bank to any organization in the Carolinas.

Randy Wiersma, Chief Operating Officer

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