Capital One Recognized as One of America’s Top 50 Community-Minded Companies

  Capital One Recognized as One of America’s Top 50 Community-Minded Companies

   “The Civic 50” Published in Bloomberg Businessweek and

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MCLEAN, Va. -- November 08, 2012

Capital One Financial Corporation today was recognized as one of America’s top
five most community-minded companies in The Civic 50 survey – the first
comprehensive ranking of S&P 500 corporations that best use their time, talent
and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do
business. The survey was conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship
(NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation’s definitive experts on civic
engagement, in partnership with Bloomberg LP.

An article about The Civic 50 looking at the philanthropic efforts of some of
the top companies appeared in the November 12-18, 2012 issue of Bloomberg
Businessweek. The full Civic 50 ranking is posted on at

“We believe that strong companies and strong communities go hand in hand.
Wherever we do business, our associates are committed to helping expand
economic opportunity and enhance community well-being,” said Richard D.
Fairbank, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital One
Financial Corporation. “Our efforts have always been about much more than
simply writing a check. Our approach to community engagement, which we call
Investing for Good, allows us to use the full range of our financial and human
resources to concentrate on community needs that we’re best equipped to
address. The Civic 50 award is a true testament to our associates who –
together with our community partners – bring to life the very meaning and
spirit of Investing for Good.”

“NCoC is proud to be part ofThe Civic 50launch," said Ilir Zherka, Executive
Director of NCoC. "The Civic 50demonstrates thatthe bestcompanies in
Americaare deeply committed to strengthening their respective communities.
Leaders of these companies are aligning the expertise of their companies and
peoplewith the needs of their communities, and then measuring the impact of
their programs. NCoC hopesThe Civic 50will spur companies
throughoutourcountryto do the same.”

"As a company committed to community engagement and improvement, Bloomberg is
proud to have partnered with the National Conference on Citizenship and Points
of Light on this important ranking," said Norman Pearlstine, Chairman,
Bloomberg Businessweek and Chief Content Officer, Bloomberg LP. "The Civic 50
is a pioneering addition to the Bloomberg Rankings inventory. It features a
comprehensive, transparent methodology to identify companies that have taken a
leadership role in developing and implementing civic engagement programs. We
believe it will raise awareness of the importance of a civic consciousness
through the U.S. corporate world."

Capital One was evaluated on seven metrics: leadership, measurement and
strategy, design, employee civic health, community partnerships, cause
alignment and transparency. Through the company’s Investing for Good efforts,
Capital One is committed to strengthening the economic prosperity of
individuals, families and businesses in the communities where it operates.
This holistic approach utilizes philanthropy, lending and investing,
volunteerism and sponsorships to achieve impact. In 2011, Capital One
supported more than 1,800 nonprofit organizations, and its associates served
more than 192,000 hours through company-sponsored volunteer activities. To
learn more about Capital One’s Investing for Good efforts, please visit

Civic 50 companies employed increasingly sophisticated tools to measure the
impact of community engagement and alignment of these programs with their
business’ core competencies, the survey found. More than two-thirds of the top
50 companies say they “frequently” or “always” use the professional skills of
their workforce to address social issues and real community challenges.
Sixty-six percent of the top 50 say they have “mission-level” alignment with
their community partners, meaning they work with them on the highest strategic
level, not just on individual programs or events.

“Today, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we can see clearly how much
corporate America pitches in – with expertise, talent, time and money – to
help communities meet critical needs,” said Jackie Norris, executive director
of the Points of Light Corporate Institute. “In times of disaster and in
relative calm, The Civic 50’s work is transformative, innovative and
critically important.”

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered inMcLean, Virginia, is a
Fortune 500 company with approximately 1,000 branch locations primarily inNew
York,New Jersey,Texas,Louisiana,Maryland, Virginia, and theDistrict of
Columbia. Its subsidiaries,which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One
Bank (USA), N. A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services
to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. We apply the same
principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to
our communities across the country that we do in our business. We recognize
that helping to build strong and healthy communities – good places to work,
good places to do business and good places to raise families – benefits us all
and we are proud to support this and other community initiatives.


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