Supporting the places we call home.

Supporting the places we call home.

Employee volunteerism. Community-improving initiatives. And investing in local nonprofits through our First Interstate Foundation. Check, check, and check. These are but a few of the many ways we’re supporting the people and places we serve across our 14-state region.

Want to learn more about how we’re making good happen in our local communities? Read on.

Putting our money where our communities are.

When you’re from a place and truly believe in it, you can’t help but want to invest in it. Our latest investment? 40 grants for $25,000 each (totaling $1,000,000!) delivered to local nonprofits providing invaluable services within the communities we call home.

Inaugural Believe in Local Campaign Provides $1 Million in Community Support

In just over two months, First Interstate Bank, in partnership with the First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, awarded $1 million in grants as part of our Believe in Local campaign. Employee nominations helped us identify 40 impactful nonprofit organizations across First Interstate's 14-state footprint. Each received a $25,000 gift to further their mission on behalf of First Interstate Bank. Check out this video for highlights from this year’s campaign!

Spreading good around.

For every community, a different need. Whether it's helping to refill depleted food banks, removing trash from favorite beaches, or funding well-deserving local non profits, we're here to support our neighbors in the ways that work for them.

Congratulations to our Believe in Local grant winners. In just over two months, 40 non-profits across our 14-state footprint were awarded a total of $1 million in grants. Hats off to the amazing work you do to make our communities bright. We #BelieveinLocal because we believe in you. #TeamFirstInterstate
To conclude our #BelieveinLocal grant campaign, our last stop made was in Ashland, OR. This afternoon, we awarded the Society of St. Vincent a $25,000 grant for their services to neighbors in need who strive to grow spiritually. We believe in the Society of St. Vincent because we #BelieveinLocal.
We are approaching the final days of our #BelieveinLocal campaign. What a journey it has been! This morning, we awarded the Care Corps Lifehouse in Fremont, NE a $25,000 grant for their commitment to finding shelter for Dodge County’s rising homeless population. Care Corps LifeHouse operates housing programs and services, including a 24-hour a day 60-bed emergency shelter, providing a safe and secure environment for those in need.
Giving back to organizations and creating the biggest impact in their neighborhoods. This afternoon, we awarded Rural America Initiatives a $50,000 #BelieveinLocal grant for serving low-income Native American families. Since 1986, Rural America Initatives has remained the largest operating Native American organization in Rapid City, providing programs such as Head Start and Early Head Start for children from pre-natal through age 5, as well as mentoring programs in Rapid City's elementary, middle and high schools. Remarkable!
Driving force behind all the great philanthropic work we do as a bank. This morning, we awarded Our Foster Kids in Grant Pass, OR a $25,000 #BelieveinLocal grant for focusing on activities to raise the self-esteem of foster children and providing for their needs. Thank you, Our Foster Kids, for reassuring that children are vital and valuable members of our community.
We are dedicated to the places we live, work, and grow. Today, we awarded Dog Tag Buddies in Billings, MT a $25,000 #BelieveinLocal grant for providing veterans who have hidden injuries with rescue dogs to improve their quality of life through training and ongoing support. The organization strives to create a healthier community, improve mental health, and reduce suicide by serving those who served us. Thank you, Dog Tag Buddies for your work in this community!
More phenomenal nonprofit organizations in your local community will be awarded with a $25,000 Believe in Local grant check next week - who will it be?! Follow us on #BelieveinLocal or https://www.firstinterstatebank.com/believeinlocal.
Capturing our core values in action is one way to celebrate the communities we serve. This afternoon, we awarded Mainstream Living in Ames, IA a $25,000 grant for providing housing, medical, employment, counseling, community integration, and other supportive services. We believe in Mainstream Living because we #BelieveinLocal
Encouraging our mission to our neighbors and markets. Today, we awarded Crossroads Mission in Hastings, NE a $25,000 #BelieveinLocal grant for serving the hungry. The organization was established in 1983, and has evolved into a state-of-the-art facility providing unparalleled services in central Nebraska. Amazing!
Longstanding commitment to the communities we serve. Yesterday, we awarded Angels Share in Omaha, NE a $25,000 #BelieveinLocal grant for their support in providing jobs and housing from transportation to manufacuring to the Trades to youth aging out of foster care, as well as at-risk youth. Thank you, Angels Share, to your dedication to this community!
We are all-in in giving back. Last Friday, we awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor in Casa Grande, AZ a $25,000 grant for providing after-school programs such as computer education classes, Power Hour Homework Help Program, gym games, and their Youth of the Year competition. The programs and program staff help kids and teens do better in school, stay physically fit, make healthy decisions, build skills, and prepare themselves for productive adulthood. We believe in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor because we #BelieveinLocal.
We see a need, and lend a hand. Yesterday afternoon, we awarded the Women's Rural Advocacy Program (WRAP) in Marshall, MN a $25,000 #BelieveinLocal grant for providing safety options, shelter, advocacy, and referral services for victims and survivors of domestic abuse. The organization began in October of 1979, and helps individuals and their children throughout the communities of Southwest Minnesota.

See our commitment at-a-glance.

Service to community has been at the core of our business for over 50 years — and we’re proud to see how it adds up every year. Check out some of 2021’s highlights below — and click here to see our full 2021 Community Scorecard.

4.9 Million Donated in 2021

First Interstate Bank commits 2% of its Net Income Before Taxes annually to charitable giving. In 2021, we donated $4.9 million to help make a difference in our communities.

1039 Nonprofits Served

Among the 1,039 local nonprofit organizations we supported, two-thirds of them focused on poverty and served low-to-moderate income individuals.

Volunteer Match Program

First Interstate pays nonprofits for its employees’ volunteer hours through our volunteer match program, enriching charitable organizations with much-needed support and financial resources.

16.9k Hours Total
Volunteer Day 2021

Throughout what was certainly a challenging year, our employees showed great creativity and adaptability. The result? Safe volunteer opportunities and another big year of community giving.

6.4k Volunteer Hours