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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

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 our 2022 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.

#BelieveInLocal is an employee-driven grants program allowing #TeamFirstInterstate to nominate local nonprofit organizations to receive funding that will help drive community-wide impact. So, when our entire Sunriver, Oregon, branch nominated Care & Share Community Outreach, we knew our $25,000 grant was going to the right place! We’re glad to lend our support to providing nourishing food to low-income families in South Deschutes County. Congratulations! #BetterTogether

When you’re from a place and truly believe in it, you can’t help but want to invest in it ❤️ Voices of Hope was nominated for a $25,000 #BelieveInLocal grant by Erin Thomas, part of #TeamFirstInterstate at our Lincoln Old Cheney Rd. location in Nebraska. Congratulations! #BetterTogether

Eloy Firefighters Charities, of Eloy, Arizona, recently received a $25,000 gift as part of our third-annual #BelieveInLocal grant campaign. Battalion Chief Derrick Ethington said the funds will be used to keep local businesses and citizens safe from fire by providing protection through selfless service. This kind of community-minded action gets to the heart of #BetterTogether and earned grant nominations from #TeamFirstInterstate employees Martin Estrella from our Eloy branch…

For every community, a different need. #BelieveInLocal is supporting our neighbors in the ways that work for them with $1M in grants throughout Summer 2024! #TeamFirstInterstate recently visited Longmont, Colorado, to award $25,000 to Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley to help them provide safety, support, and resources to individuals affected by domestic and family violence, teen dating violence, elder abuse, and human trafficking. Safe Shelter was nominated by Kami Reiger, pa… See more

We’re proud to be an active part of the communities we serve, and we're honored to be considered for the “Let’s Give Arizona a Hand Up Award" -- especially in recognition for our #BelieveInLocal campaign. Thank you! #BetterTogether #TeamFirstInterstate

When we #BelieveInLocal, we look for opportunities to engage, empower, and encourage. That’s why #TeamFirstInterstate is pleased to present a $25,000 grant to Seattle Public Schools Kingmakers of Seattle. This elective program spanning six schools supports the cultural, historical, social, and emotional needs of young Black boys and teens as it relates to their identity. Kingmakers was nominated by Holly Taylor from our Seattle branch to support the program’s focus on cultura… See more

Supporting the places we call home.

Believe in Local is an employee-driven grants program allowing our employees to nominate local nonprofit organizations to receive funding that will help drive community-wide impact.

Total Amount Awarded in 2023

In 2023, First Interstate Bank, in partnership with First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, gifted $1 million in grants as part of our Believe in Local campaign. Employee nominations helped identify 40 impactful nonprofit organizations that each received $25,000 gifts to further their mission.

$1M Community Support
40 Organizations
$25K Grants

Nonprofits That Received Matching Funds

Matching gifts allow generous donations to go twice or three times as far toward our goal of supporting the communities where we live and work. This year we were able to partner and maximize two Believe in Local Grants.

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area
$75K Matching Funds
$100K Total
CDA Backpack Program
$25K Matching Funds
$50K Total

Number of Employee Nominations

Nomination forms were received from nearly all departments including IT, Commercial, Retail, Credit Analytics, HR, Operations, Marketing, Treasury Solutions, and Compliance. The nominations selected to receive grants were received from tellers to market presidents to directors.

510
Total Nominations

Types of Nonprofits That Received Grants

  • Teen Suicide/Mental Health Awareness
  • Youth Shelters
  • Family Shelters
  • Domestic Abuse Shelters
  • Young Mother Programs
  • Affordable Housing
  • Employment Services for the Disabled
  • Food Pantries
  • Human Trafficking Prevention
  • Cleaning Services for People with Cancer

Cities Where Awards Were Presented

Tucson, Scottsdale, Denver, Fort Collins, Louisville, Clarinda, Cedar Falls, Des Moines, Ames, Coeur d'Alene, Boise, Overland Park, Milan, Billings, Miles City, Whitefish, Livingston, Great Falls, Helena , Missoula, Fargo, North Platte, Lincoln, Omaha, Sunriver, Redmond, Medford, Reedsport, Aberdeen, Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Spearfish, Rapid City, Spokane, Vancouver, Seattle, Sheridan, Jackson, Casper, Lander