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 2018 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 2018, we supported more than 110 organizations in the Twin Cities and Rochester areas with charitable grants and sponsorships.
Our first Think Gives Day was a huge success!
Showing support for the communities we serve is a big deal here at Think, so on October 8, 2018 we closed our offices and gathered our staff at corporate headquarters. Next we divided into teams and nearly 260 Think employees traveled to 35 different locations to deliver over 1,000 hours of service to local organizations and individuals in need. This event was a wonderful way to put our values into action through serving and engaging with local non-profit groups.
Been there, done that, and we have 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.
Our teams jumped at the opportunity to ring bells for the Salvation Army this past holiday season. They took over both entrances of a local HyVee grocery store and welcomed shoppers with warm smiles and holiday wishes. Think also helped the Salvation Army in Rochester kick off its annual campaign with a $10,000 check which was used to match community giving.
When we learned that many of the community’s homeless families sleep each night on church basement floors our employee volunteers wanted to help. They made and donated 30 fleece tie blankets to Family Promise Rochester where they were very much appreciated
As the presenting sponsor for Channel One Food Bank’s Empty Bowls fund raising event in October, we supported the organization both financially through the sponsorship, and with many volunteer hours. Several groups of employees painted ceramic bowls which were used as commemoratives or sold to raise additional funds, while others worked shifts serving delicious soup, bussing tables and helping guests select or purchase a commemorative bowl. Channel One provides food assistance to low-income individuals and families throughout southeast Minnesota via the Channel One Food Shelf Program.
In the Twin Cities, our team collected 197 pounds of food for Merrick Community Service’s Food Pantry whose mission is to serve the residents of St. Paul's east metro area by empowering individuals, strengthening families, and promoting their independence.
More Community Engagement
A Yeti sighting in downtown Rochester in February 2018 gave us the opportunity to have some fun at the Rochester Downtown Alliance SocialIce event. Think sponsored the photo booth for this annual winter festival and designed a life size Yeti statue that professional ice carvers brought to life. Many of our teams worked in frigid temperatures welcoming locals and visitors to this fun event. (#HaveYouSwitchedToThinkBankYeti?)
In June 2018 we entertained more than 6,100 customers and neighbors at our annual Think Night at the Minnesota Zoo. We sponsored the zoo’s enhanced Kangaroo Crossing experience for a second year. Guests had the opportunity to learn about animals of the outback through up-close and personal interactions.
It wouldn’t be summer without the annual Think Bank Down by the Riverside Free Summer Concert Series. Mayo Park was filled to the brim on many Sunday evenings in 2018 as new, up and coming artists, as well as retro and classic rock bands kept the crowds entertained.
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. 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.
Please allow for a minimum of two months for a grant approval. If your request is event based or has a deadline, please allow for at least three months prior to the date you need the funding.