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. Under our Corporate Social Responsibility program, we support the communities where we live and work through employee volunteering and giving as well as
company grants and scholarships.
Employee Volunteering and Giving: Contributing our time and talents
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. Employees serve on the Corporate Social Responsibility committee to recommend corporate giving and help promote volunteer activities.
TWIN CITIES AREA CHARITABLE GIVING
Each year AgriBank donates to charities serving Minnesota’s Twin Cities metro area, investing in nonprofits serving communities in and around our St. Paul headquarters.
AgriBank contributes to a diverse array of charitable organizations. One of the primary areas of AgriBank's giving are organizations providing housing, food and general welfare support to those in need. AgriBank contributes to organizations that focus on immediate needs such as emergency housing and prepared meals. Other grant recipients focus on clothing, packaged foods and transitional housing supplies.
Another area of focus for AgriBank's giving are organizations that provide opportunities for youth in agricultural and financial education. Supporting the next generation not only engages potential future employees, it also provides an opportunity for the Bank employees to share their experiences and knowledge with students.
Through the Culture Awards program, twice a year five employees receive recognition for embodying one of the Bank's culture characteristics: Mission, Integrity, Excellence, Support and Improvement. AgriBank makes a donation on behalf of each of the award winners to the non-profit of their choice.
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 scholarship, named for a former AgriBank CEO, is awarded to children of Farm Credit employees within the AgriBank District who are planning to pursue careers in agriculture.
NATIONAL FARM CREDIT GrantS
In addition to our work, AgriBank also contributes to Farm Credit’s national
contributions program, which supports programs 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
$5.2 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.