The Giving Mission of Black Hills Community Bank

As part of Black Hills Community Bank’s culture, we believe in giving back to our local community as a way to pay it forward. The bank’s social responsibility plays a critical role in our business strategy of responsible growth and connects us to our core purpose of making people’s financial lives better in our communities. Whether we make a loan to purchase your home or grow your business, it is also important to us to support community initiatives by providing diapers for infants, feeding less fortunate children or sheltering those who are at risk.

How we stay involved

The Board of Directors of Black Hills Community Bank has authorized and established the Community Involvement Committee (CIC) to spread awareness throughout our community to people and organizations who are in need of support. With local organizations, we search for ways to involve our directors, shareholders, employees, clients and community members as a way to improve the lives of those we touch through our community programs.

Pass It On Program

A significant portion of the bank’s Giving Mission is done by our employees. Under the bank’s Pass It On program, qualifying employees are awarded $1,000 to contribute to a local Black Hills community non-profit organization. Our employees become ambassadors for the bank with their gifts. Since Pass It On was originated in 2010, $350,000 has been donated by our Community Bank Employees.

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Jay Ketel presented his #PassItOn to the Hope Center – Rapid City. The money was used to purchase supplies for Jay’s son, Jason, to use for his Eagle Scout project. The project included ripping out the old kitchen and replacing the sink, counter top and cabinets.

Community Volunteer Hours

Every year, Black Hills Community Bank Employees are encouraged to participate in an annual goal for community volunteer hours. The goal is set at 100 hours per the number of FTEs at the bank. In 2018, the employees completed 5000 hours volunteering at non-profits, serving on committees or boards, and participating in community events or fundraising activities. Over 150 organizations benefited from Community Bankers offering their time and assistance within the Black Hills community. Employees have exceeded their goals each year since the program was established by the CIC in 2010 with over 25,000 hours of volunteer service performed.

2018 Achievements

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Jodi Watts presented her #PassItOn to the Spearfish School Supply Drive. With this drive, the goal was to help 100 students with supplies. Not only did she give her donation, but the Spearfish Bank hosted a school supply drive for the community.

There were numerous Community Involvement programs for the bank in 2018. Most notably, the bank completed their 8th annual Diaper Drive to support the Bella Pregnancy Resource Center and Cornerstone Rescue Mission with nearly 50,000 diapers or the cash equivalent. Also, employees used their weekly Jean’s Day contributions for the year to support the 12 Days of Pizza Program and the Bare Necessities of Life Drive in December of 2018. The Necessities Drive collected items to donate to the Artemis House (Victims of Violence Intervention Program) in Spearfish and the 12 Days of Pizza program selects families that receive coupons or punch cards for a dozen pizza or chicken meals from Pizza Ranch. The coupons can be redeemed through Jan. 15. Social workers, school counselors and elementary-school staff recommend the families to receive the meal coupons. A requirement is that every family chosen must have at least one elementary school-aged child. Pizza Ranch and Black Hills Community Bank co-sponsor the 12 Days of Pizza in Rapid City, Sturgis, Spearfish and Deadwood.

How Can We Help Your Organization?

We invite community non-profits and organizations to let us know about their activities and fundraising events. While the bank views charitable giving as a commitment, we regret that we are unable to respond favorably to every donation request or requests that do not align with our Giving Mission, those may include:

  • Political Campaigns
  • General Operating expenses
  • Research projects
  • Building & Renovation projects
  • Product raffles
  • Conferences & Seminars
  • Financial support for individuals

We make every effort to support donation requests that meet our Giving Mission. If you feel your organization or non-profit deserves to be considered for our giving programs, we invite you to fill out and submit the donation request form below.

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