Giving back to the communities we serve
At Think, our commitment to giving goes far beyond what we do as an organization. Along with our corporate donations and sponsorships, we encourage our employees to be involved in their communities and then support them as they give generously of their own resources.
What drives this dedication to making a difference? It’s our mission – a mission that requires that we put our values into action.
This report summarizes our active commitment during 2017 to making our communities better places to live and work.
Our giving priorities are:
- Providing for the basic human needs of food, clothing and shelter.
- Supporting and nurturing youth and adult enrichment programs.
- Promoting the arts and cultural events.
- Enhancing educational opportunities through programs that bring about positive change and build a strong workforce.
- Protecting and celebrating environmental programs and initiatives.
- Improving the economic well being of our communities.
In 2017, 175 grants were awarded to non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities and Rochester areas.
Been there, done that, and
a t-shirt to prove it ...
... that’s a pretty accurate description of Think Bank’s support for the communities we serve. Our bright green Think gives t-shirts were a common sight this past year at dozens of activities and events we supported and where our employees volunteered.
Sustaining health and well being
Many employees jumped at the chance to help the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester at its annual Swing Your Birdie golf event. While there was a bit of clowning around (Ronald McDonald was on the course), the event was a huge success and helped raise significant funds toward providing a home away from home for families with children receiving medical treatment.
In addition, our second annual big blanket making event yielded 20 employee-made fleece blankets which were donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Each new child who visits gets a warm, cozy blanket to help make their stay a little more comfortable.
In May, several employees donned hard hats and participated in National Women’s Build Week helping out at a Habitat for Humanity construction site.
In 2017, 300 communities in 49 states participated to help create a world where everyone has a place to live. We’re proud to continue our partnership with this organization that provides much needed housing for families in our area.
Employees at our Edina office set up an assembly line and stayed after hours to make sandwiches to feed the homeless in support of The Sandwich Project. The Sandwich Project is currently helping feed approximately 4,500 people per week through various local shelters and food shelves.
When a huge load of fresh apples arrived at Rochester’s Channel One Food Bank, our Branch Managers from Rochester and the Twin Cities answered the call and spent a fun afternoon (filled with a little friendly competition) packaging the fruit for distribution.
We continued our partnership with VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) in the Twin Cities by offering support of its food shelf and other social services programs.
& Community Engagement
Think supports individual employee’s volunteer efforts with company grants. Employees can use their grants anywhere they are actively involved.
Edvin, a Teller at our Edina office, volunteers as a Spanish interpreter for schools in the Twin Cities through Mira Resources. Mira Resources is a non-profit in Richfield, MN whose goal is to increase the education, health, safety and success of Latino children and their parents.
Vital and vibrant gathering places in our communities make them more livable and better for everyone.
Think supported Rochester’s Downtown Alliance Social Ice event by designing a life-size ice fisherman sculpture (#nofishybusiness). Social Ice attracts thousands of party goers for outdoor socializing during Minnesota’s frigid winter.
We entertained 5,700 of our customers and neighbors at our annual Think Night at the Minnesota Zoo. in June. We sponsored a new exhibit – Kangaroo Crossing – featuring up close and personal interactions with kangaroos, wallabies and emus.
Last summer thousands of die-hard fans, local families and visitors were entertained by some great bands during Think Bank’s free Down by the Riverside Free Summer Concert Series in Mayo Park. We love getting to know our friends and customers better at these fun outdoor venues.
Organizations eligible for grants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt as defined in section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public service organization. Each request is reviewed by a committee made up of Think Mutual Bank employees who meet monthly. We ask that organizations request funding no more than once per calendar year. Capital campaigns and multi-year grants are considered as our resources allow.
A Think Mutual Bank Grant Application form along with a formal letter outlining the details of your request should be submitted for review.