As a mission-based organization, service is in our DNA. As part of a national network of member-owned cooperatives, AgriBank’s business is to support Farm Credit Associations that serve rural communities and agriculture.
Ultimately, we support the people who feed the world—but our passion for helping people begins at home and extends to everything we do. This includes supporting the communities where we live and work through employee volunteering and giving, as well as company grants and scholarships.
Employee Volunteering and Giving: MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Our workplace culture embraces our mission. Employees care about the communities we serve through our business across 15 states and the
St. Paul-Minneapolis area where we live
Volunteering and community outreach are important both to our employees and our neighbors. That’s why every year employees
receive one paid workday to volunteer at the charity of their choice. When employees volunteer, the Bank matches their efforts with a financial contribution to the charity. And AgriBank matches employees’ financial contributions to nonprofit organizations up to a total of $750 each year.
Time and again, our employees have been recognized for their
service. In recent years, we’ve been honored with the Jefferson
Award for community and public volunteerism by the Minneapolis/
St. Paul Business Journal, Farm Credit’s Phelps-Martin Award for
Community Service and the Greater Twin Cities United Way’s
“Best of” award.
TWIN CITIES AREA CHARITABLE GIVING
Each year AgriBank makes donations to nonprofits serving communities in and around our St. Paul headquarters. We recently contributed $100,000 to the new Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul. Two new buildings will provide more affordable permanent housing and dedicated self-sufficiency services that will create true pathways out of poverty and
AgriBank also supports Second Harvest Heartland—one of the nation’s largest,
most efficient and most innovative food banks based in Minnesota—by
contributing to Share Fresh Minnesota, a program that brings nutritious food from farmers to those who are hungry. Share Fresh works with farmers to collect otherwise unused fruits and vegetables. Then it distributes the locally grown, fresh produce to hunger-relief agencies across the state.
Year after year, AgriBank is one of the top sponsors of Merrick Community
Services on St. Paul’s East Side. From corporate contributions to employee
volunteerism, AgriBank and Merrick have developed a strong partnership to support neighborhood residents. Each year, Bank employees join the
Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign by supporting Merrick’s food bank with volunteer days and fundraisers, and by collecting food and other needed goods.
AgriBank partners with Agriculture Future of America (AFA) each year
to award the William J. Collins scholarships, focused on developing
the next generation of agriculture leaders. The $2,000 scholarships,
named for a former AgriBank CEO, are awarded to children of Farm Credit
employees within the AgriBank District who are planning to pursue careers
NATIONAL FARM CREDIT Grants
In addition to our work, AgriBank also contributes to Farm Credit’s national contributions program, which supports organizations such as FFA,
4-H, and programs that help veterans and other young, beginning and small operation farmers.
RURAL COMMUNITY GRANT FUND
In North Dakota, AgriBank partners with two local Farm Credit lenders —
Farm Credit Services of Mandan and Farm Credit Services of North Dakota –
to provide grants that support communities impacted by mineral
development in the Bakken region.
Over the years, the Rural Community Grant Fund has provided more than
$3 million in grants for infrastructure improvements and development
initiatives, hospitals and clinics, equipment, training and other help for
emergency responders, schools, and other worthy projects critical to the
strength of local communities.