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. The Pass It On program originated in 2010, and in 2021 alone $40,000 was 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 50 hours per the number of FTEs at the bank. In 2021, the employees completed more than 5,000 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 50,000 hours of volunteer service performed.

2021 Community Involvement

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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.

The bank invested in various ways throughout 2021. They supported multiple capital campaigns such as Rural America Initiatives and Youth & Family Services, as well as many other donations to more than 100 non-profits throughout the Black Hills. Employees also gave their time to non-profits by volunteering. The bank surpassed their 2021 goal of employee community service volunteer hours by logging more than 4,500 hours. This included activities such as spearheading the Clothe-a-Kid and School Supply Drive in Spearfish, participating in the United Way Month of Caring, and serving on various boards and community committees.

After taking a year off in 2020 due to COVID, Black Hills Community Bank kicked off their 10th Annual Diaper Drive in 2021. Through many fundraising efforts, BHCB collected more than 50,000 diapers to donate to the Cornerstone Rescue Mission Women’s and Children’s Home in Rapid City and Bella Pregnancy Resource in Spearfish.

Employees donate a dollar once a week to wear jeans every Friday. At the end of each year, employees get to decide who should receive the contributions. For 2021, the bank in Rapid City continued to support the 12 Days of Pizza program. This program originated with Black Hills Community Bank in 2015 and the bank has financially supported it every year since then. Through a partnership with Pizza Ranch, more than 2,000 meals were provided to children and their families during Christmas break. In Spearfish, the bank held a Bare Necessities drive to support the Artemis House. They collected items and in addition to using their jeans day money collected, they delivered 2 pickup loads of items.

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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