Leadership Volunteering

Gate City Bank’s purpose is to create a better way of life for team members, customers and the community.

Their purpose impacts every decision they make, and they have fun living it out!

For the past four years, Gate City Bank has been a business partner with Giving Hearts Day.

Giving back is something Steven Swiontek, President of Gate City Bank, strongly believes in. In fact, Gate City Bank looks forward to Giving Hearts Day each year because it creates an opportunity for their organization to build on their company philosophy and feed their culture.

In the office and around the region, Gate City engages the community

Grand Forks

Giving Hearts Day is a way for Gate City Bank to engage employees and communities across the region.

Every year employees are encouraged to volunteer with their favorite Giving Hearts Day charity and are even allowed to volunteer during the work day without having to use PTO, something that continues throughout year. This year, employees were especially encouraged to volunteer in January so that their hours could go towards donations on Giving Hearts Day.

One way the bank engages the community is by asking community members to nominate a charity for a drawing. Once nominated, charities have a chance to win a donation by Gate City Bank. This year, 38 charities were randomly selected from the drawings to receive a $2,500 donation – that’s a total of $95,000 that Gate City Bank donated to charities around our region!

Celebrating 95 years by giving back

Frostival – Moorhead

Gate City Bank is celebrating their 95th anniversary! How did they celebrate earlier in the year?

By having more fun with Giving Hearts Day!

They started building excitement in January which continued through to Giving Hearts Day and beyond. Each week, employees came dressed according to a weekly theme. Themes included wearing red and dressing like your favorite charity.

But the fun didn’t stop there!

Every office and department had a set dollar amount to give away through competitions, drawings and other creative ways employees thought up.

Gate City Bank had 100% employee participation whether that was through volunteering, dressing up, donating, etc.


FM Coalition for Homeless Persons Receiving a Boost

On Giving Hearts Day, Gate City spread the joy of giving by boosting three randomly selected donations by $9,500. This meant that randomly selected donations made by caring community members were boosted by an additional $9,500 toward the charity they donated to.

Then after nearly 24-hours, Gate City dropped another surprise when they gave away one additional $9,500 boost donation.

“I really enjoy seeing the excitement people working for a charity get when you give them money and help them meet their goal,” said Amanda Torok, Vice President of Culture.

Amanda and her team had the joy of surprising two more charities at the Bismarck and Fargo Giving Hearts Day awards celebrations with additional $9,500 donations to each charity.

In total, Gate City Bank donated around $300,000 to help make Giving Hearts Day 2018 a success.

Bismarck Giving Hearts Day Celebration

Purpose to Impact

Gate City Bank’s Philanthropic Giving Committee is already brainstorming plans for Giving Hearts Day 2019, but they know they will stay focused on employee engagement. When their employees participate, they are able to make a larger impact on the community, and excitement in the office goes up.

“When you give back you feel better about yourself and what you do in your community,” said Amanda.

Learn more about Gate City Bank and how they work to create a better way of life.

Stay tuned for another business story next week, and remember to live with purpose!

Together, we can become the most generous region on the planet.

Derek Hatzenbuhler

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