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.

Come back in the weeks ahead to see the impact we’re making.

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.

Our focus is and always will be on all things local. This afternoon, we awarded L2 for Kids in Lexington, NE a $25,000 #BelieveinLocal grant for recognizing the many parents that live paycheck to paycheck, and caring for them and their children. The organization's program has benefited children in Alma, Cambridge, Cozad, Culbertson, Grant, Gothenburg, Holdrege, Lexington, North Platte, and the McCook area. Outstanding!
Yesterday was #NationalNonprofitDay, and we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than with another #BelieveinLocal grant. We awarded Mercer County Area Development in Princeton, Missouri for aiding, assisting, and fostering the planning, development, renewal, and improvement of housing, business creation, and improving the general well-being toward community revitalization and economic development. Thank you, Mercer County Area Development, for your commitment to revitalizing our community and helping small businesses start, sustain, and succeed.
First Interstate strives to serve our neighborhoods. This afternoon, we traveled to Bozeman, MT to award the Greater Impact a $25,000 Believe in Local grant for their commitment to individuals and families, assisting them with their homes, cars, and jobs. The organization strives to give people the hope of having a brighter future. Thank you, Greater Impact, for providing invaluable services within the communities we love. #BelieveinLocal
On Friday, we made our way to Caldwell, ID to award WITco a $25,000 #BelieveinLocal grant for their comprehensive community rehabilitation program in the Treasure Valley. The organization was incorporated in 1974 with a mission driven to meet the needs of people with disabilities. First Interstate is proud to support this organization! This afternoon, we are headed north. Follow along!
We have traveled to 10 states and have made 18 investments in our communities so far. Come back in the weeks ahead to see the impact we’re making! Follow us on #BelieveinLocal or https://www.firstinterstatebank.com/believeinlocal.
Our grant program is meant to acknowledge and reward the efforts of the invaluable nonprofits serving our neighborhoods. Today, we awarded St. Joseph's Indian School a $25,000 grant for their dedication to improving the quality of life for Lakota (Sioux) children and families. Since 1927, this organization has educated and provided housing for approximately 200 Lakota (Sioux) children each year. We believe in St. Joseph's Indian School because we #BelieveinLocal.
We are equally devoted to investing our attention and energy in the well-being of our communities! Yesterday, we awarded Wyoming Food for Thought a $25,000 #BelieveinLocal grant for creating local, sustainable solutions to hunger by empowering our neighbors and community, providing services and resources, and educating through programs and opportunities. Thank you, Wyoming Food for Thought, for helping us celebrate the power of community, the power of teamwork, and the power of service.
Being an active supporter of the communities we serve is part of who we are at First Interstate. Today, we awarded Feeding South Dakota a $25,000 #BelieveinLocal grant for providing hunger relief and fighting to eliminate hunger in this state. Each week, Feeding South Dakota assists in offering temporary food assistance to approximately 21,000 hungry individuals and families, as well as supplying food over the weekends to over 4,000 kids with their BackPack Program. Incredible!
We strive to be a positive force in our communities. Yesterday, we awarded the Washington Gorge Action Programs $25,000 for their commitment to helping individuals, families, and communities address basic needs. Each year, thousands of people turn to WAGAP for short-term assistance and long-term solutions to help them take control of their lives and their futures. Tomorrow, we are headed east! Follow along at https://www.firstinterstatebank.com/believeinlocal or #BelieveinLocal
Putting our money where our communities are. This morning, we awarded Newbo City Market in Cedar Rapids, IA a $25,000 grant for supporting entrepreneurship and small businesses in our community, being advocates of the farm-to-table movement and locally-sourced foods and products, as well as being a living example of resilience and sustainability. We believe in Newbo City Market because we #BelieveinLocal.
We will hit the road with our oversized checkbook again next week, and more incredible nonprofits will be awarded! Who will the be next? Follow all the action on #BelieveinLocal or https://www.firstinterstatebank.com/believeinlocal
We work to keep our neighborhoods thriving. Yesterday, we awarded Mosaic in Osceola, IA a $25,000 grant for their encouragement to aging adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing services for more than 100 years. Amazing! We believe in Mosaic because we #BelieveinLocal.
A new month means new #BelieveinLocal grant awards! Yesterday, we traveled to Missoula, MT to award Watson Children's Center a $25,000 grant. Their mission is to provide safety, nurturing, and stability to children and families through quality services and trauma-informed care. Thank you, Watson Children's Center, for fostering the communities we call home.
Service to our communities has been at the core of our business for over many years, and we continue to be proud of this focus. Today, we awarded Hawthorn Hill in Clive, IA a $25,000 #BelieveinLocal grant for establishing and operating housing programs and services for homeless families. More amazing organizations in your local community will be awarded next week! Follow us on https://www.firstinterstatebank.com/believeinlocal
Giving back to places we call home is what makes us who we are. Yesterday, we awarded The Giving Plate a $25,000 Believe in Local grant for opening their doors to feed the Bend, OR community. We believe in The Giving Plate because we #BelieveinLocal
Spreading good all around. Yesterday, we awarded the Children's Village, Inc. $25,000 Believe in Local grant for restoring trust and hope for children and families who experience abuse, neglect, or are in crisis. Thank you, Children's Village, for providing irreplaceable services within the communities we call home. Today, we are headed west. Follow along at https://www.firstinterstatebank.com/believeinlocal or #BelieveinLocal
Working here, living here, investing here. Yesterday, we awarded Thrive - Transformation at Work a $25,000 #BelieveinLocal grant for helping individuals overcome barriers and work their way to independence and stability through employment. First Interstate is proud to encourage this outstanding organization!
This past Friday, we awarded Newhouse Domestic Violence Shelter in Shawnee, KS a $25,000 check for supporting survivors of domestic violence, as well as providing safety, self-sufficiency, and whole-person healing. We believe in Newhouse Domestic Violence Shelter because we Believe in Local. Continue to follow along with more grant awards coming this week at #BelieveinLocal or https://www.firstinterstatebank.com/believeinlocal.
When you're from a place and truly believe in it, you can't help but want to invest in it. Yesterday, we awarded Gigi's PlayHouse in Fargo, ND a $25,000 check for supporting education and therapeutic programs to individuals with Down syndrome, as well as their families and community. Check out the video below from WDAY featuring this effort! More outstanding nonprofits will be awarded next week. Who will the be next? Follow the action on #BelieveinLocal or https://www.firstinterstatebank.com/believeinlocal
A new week means new Believe in Local grant awards - even at a new First Interstate location! Today, we traveled to Helena, MT to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new branch, as well as award a local organization, CASA of Lewis & Clark County, a $25,000 check for their dedication and services to their community. Their mission is to support and promote court-appointed advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, have a permanent home, and have the opportunity to thrive. Thank you, CASA of Lewis & Clark County, for providing valuable services within the communities we call home. #BelieveinLocal https://casaoflcbwc.org
After a fun-filled week of Believe in Local grant awards, we will be hitting the road again early next week to deliver more! Any guesses as to where we are headed next? Follow along at https://www.firstinterstatebank.com/believeinlocal or #BelieveinLocal to find out.
This is why we love being a community bank. Yesterday, we awarded Call to Freedom a $25,000 check for their hard work in the Sioux Falls community. Call to Freedom provides supportive services for victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation by creating a strong network of frontline providers who offer safe housing, mental health counseling, and more. First Interstate is proud to encourage this incredible organization. #BelieveinLocal
To kick off our Believe in Local grant campaign, our first stop made was in Sheridan, WY! Today, we awarded The Advocacy & Resource Center of Sheridan a $25,000 check for their compassion and dedication supporting victims of abuse. We believe in The Advocacy & Resource Center of Sheridan because we Believe in Local. Tomorrow, we are headed east. Follow along at https://www.firstinterstatebank.com/believeinlocal or #BelieveinLocal
Employee volunteerism, community-improving initiatives, and supporting the places we call home - we are eager to officially announce the launch of our Believe in Local grant campaign! In the upcoming weeks, 40 grants for $25,000 each ($1,000,000 total) will be delivered to local nonprofits across our 14-state region providing invaluable services within the communities we call home. Visit https://www.firstinterstatebank.com/believeinlocal to follow along with the impact we're making! #BelieveinLocal

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