Community banks have been giving time and money to charitable causes since before the days of passbook savings accounts. But American Bankers Association president R. Scott Jones wants them to do more, especially for children.

Mr. Jones, chairman and chief executive officer of Goodhue National Bank in Red Wing, Minn., has been crisscrossing the country of late urging banks to join America's Promise, a two-year-old nonprofit group led by Gen. Colin L. Powell, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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