Even small gifts change lives

Bell Wins Community Impact Awards

Whether we’re surprising parents with money for back-to-school supplies, raising funds for a young woman diagnosed with cancer or helping feed hungry children, Bell Bank and our employees make giving back to the community a priority. That’s why, for the fourth year in a row, Bell has been part of Minnesota Business magazine's Community Impact Awards.

We were honored to receive the Workplace Giving award at the Community Impact Awards Thursday, February 23, “for creating a focused employee giving program or volunteer campaign.” Bell was also a finalist in the Best in Class: Large Company category for “overall excellence for positive impact on Minnesota communities.”

Minnesota Business named Julie Peterson Klein, Bell’s EVP/chief culture officer, Nonprofit Board Member of the Year for displaying excellence in leadership, resourcefulness, initiative and volunteer hours that go above and beyond the call of duty in her service as the Spare Key board president. Spare Key is a nonprofit that provides housing grant assistance to parents with a seriously ill or injured child so they can focus on their child's recovery. The organization serves families in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Bell Bank Mortgage and Spare Key have a long history of partnering to help families in need.

Michael Solberg, Bell’s president and CEO, says the company is built on the premise that people matter.

“Everyone at Bell realizes it's important, not only how we treat our co-workers and customers, but also how we impact the community,” he remarks. “We provide employees with paid volunteer time and Pay It Forward dollars to give where they see the greatest need. That grassroots approach to giving has made all of us better stewards, as we are constantly on the lookout for people who need a helping hand.”

Community Impact Award nominations are submitted and then distributed to an internal review team, which narrows them down to the top five. An external judging panel of industry experts then ranks their top three in each category, and Minnesota Business calculates the scores based on those rankings.