Giving back to the communities we serve
Corporate giving at Think is a value, not a program. We give generously because it's the right thing to do, not because it makes us look good or brings us more customers. We believe that community involvement is part of our mission – a mission that requires us to put our values into action and make a difference. Here's a glimpse of the active steps we take to make a difference in the communities we serve.
We have a long history of caring, stewardship, giving & volunteering
Caring is a big part of our organizational values. In addition to our financial support, we also provide many non-profit organizations in-kind support through employee volunteers and board assignments. Our employees are encouraged to share their time, talent and knowledge with the causes they're passionate about – and they are allowed to do so during business hours at their regular rate of pay.
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 2016, 186 grants were awarded to non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities and Rochester areas.
Stories of stewardship
In the early 1970s, a small group of churches became concerned about the living conditions of residents in their community – particularly their access to nutritional food. Together they created VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People). Today, VEAP's neighbor-serving-neighbors approach serves the Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and South Minneapolis communities with food, transportation, social services, and children and youth programs. Think is proud to support VEAP.
360 Communities is a non-profit group in Burnsville that mirrors our own philosophy of giving. This community partner provides hope and support to people in Dakota County by engaging communities to prevent violence, ensure school success and promote long-term self-sufficiency. More than 18,000 children and adults receive services from 360 Communities in eight school districts, five food shelf locations, two domestic violence shelters, police departments and area churches.
Think's support of Habitat for Humanity in 2016 included the purchase of a pickup truck that will help them serve more low income families with permanent housing.
Kevin Worden and Brian Wimmer from Habitat For Humanity with Karen Golberg and Tracey Beyer from Think Bank.
The organization can now better meet the needs of its new Home Preservation Initiative that assists elderly homeowners with repairs, enabling them to stay in their homes longer. Think also branded the truck to boost awareness of Habitat for Humanity's mission as it drives around southeast Minnesota.
For a second year, Think granted $50,000 to the Rochester Area Foundation's Impact Financing Initiative that provides down payment or closing costs assistance for low and moderate income families, allowing them to achieve the American dream of home ownership.
The Tiny Hands Big Teeth exhibit brought thousands of families to Quarry Hill Nature Center to see Stan, a life-size replica of a real T-Rex skeleton unearthed in 1987. We are proud to have partnered with Quarry Hill to bring this exhibit to the Rochester area.
All summer long families enjoyed Jurassic-sized fun at the Where Amazing Lives and Dinosaurs Roam exhibit we sponsored at the Minnesota Zoo. In addition, we hosted nearly 5,000 customers and neighbors at Think Night at the Minnesota Zoo in June.
We're a long-time partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, and our employee volunteers cooked up a winning recipe for their annual Chili Challenge. Think, also the premier sponsor of the annual A Chair Affair Gala, lead the organization's annual fundraising appeal with a $40,000 matching grant.
In 2016 Think donated $10,000 to the Salvation Army in Rochester to kick off its annual Red Kettle Campaign and our employee volunteers provided many hours of bell ringing.
Nearly 60,000 of our friends and neighbors celebrated with us in July and August at the Think Down by the Riverside Free Summer Concert Series in Rochester's Mayo Park.
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.