2019 Live First Community Grant Winners

2019 Live First Community Grant Winners

THE RESULTS ARE IN!

The following community groups were selected as 2019 Live First Community Giving Grant recipients!

 

$10,000 Grand Prize Winner:

Harvey Ambulance Service, Harvey, North Dakota
Harvey Ambulance Service has served the Harvey and surrounding communities for nearly 50 years, providing emergency transport and EMT service in a coverage area of approximately 1,000 square miles. EMT’s volunteer their time to keep the service in place, and providing critical care for hundreds of residents. The ambulance service is facing a number of financial challenges, including replacing an aging vehicle, updating equipment, and the need to train more volunteer EMT’s.  More information at: https://harveyambulance.org/


$2,000 Rising Star Winners:

Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports; Minot, North Dakota‚Äč
Prairie Grit enhances quality of life for youth and adults living with physical and mental disabilities through providing sports and recreation opportunities. The program is seeking to expand the number of sports it offers, and the number of athletes it supports. More information at: https://www.prairiegritsports.com/   

Wolf Pup Day Care; Watford City, North Dakota
Wolf Pup Daycare is a nonprofit childcare center that provides quality child care to the community. Wolf Pup Daycare opened in August 2014 and cares for more than 200 children. The center is raising money to place durable turf in its private playground. More information at: http://www.wolfpupdaycare.com/

Justin’s Break the Silence; Fargo, North Dakota
Justin’s Break the Silence was founded in September 2016 by Curtis & Lynne Olien, following the suicide of their son, Justin. The mission of Justin’s Break the Silence is to let people know it’s important to “break their silence” and ask for help if they are struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or suicidal thoughts, and to encourage open communication about these topics.  The non-profit is hoping to bring Jeff Yalden, a motivational speaker to Fargo-Moorhead next fall to speak at a number of schools and community forums. More information at: https://www.justinsbreakthesilence.com/
 
Veterans Outdoor Adventures; Mott, North Dakota
Veterans Outdoor Adventures is a non-profit organization dedicated to North Dakota Veterans, 911 Responders and their Families. The organization provides unique ways to heal from traumatic injuries, both mental and physical while being in the outdoors. More information at: https://www.veteransoutdoors.org/

Arizona Helping Hands; Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona Helping Hands is a non-profit organization which provides essential needs to boys and girls in foster care in Arizona.  The organization provides beds, cribs, clothing, diapers, and personal care items, birthday and holiday gifts, and school supplies and backpacks to the more than 14,000 children living in foster care in Arizona. More information at: https://azhelpinghands.org/mission/

 

$1,000 Fan Favorite Winners:

Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue; Rolla, North Dakota
Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue is non-profit organization run out of a garage that serves mostly the communities within Rolette County, ND. Their dream is to get out of the four kennel garage they are in and build a physical shelter where they can rescue animals, offer free and low cost spay clinics, vaccination services and community outreach programs. TMAR saves 70-100 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens each month. Since its existence, TMAR has saved nearly 4,500 animals. More information at: https://www.turtlemountainanimalrescue.org/
                                               
United Chinese Americans of Fargo-Moorhead; Fargo, North Dakota
The United Chinese Americans Fargo-Moorhead (UCAFM) is an organization dedicated to promoting fellowship and friendship among Chinese Americans, to increasing public awareness and understanding of the Chinese arts and culture, and to helping Chinese Americans integrate into the Fargo-Moorhead Community. More information at: http://www.ucafm.org/en/index.html

4 Luv of Dog; Fargo, North Dakota
4 Luv of Dog is a volunteer run, non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehoming dogs. The majority of the organizations rescue dogs are placed in foster homes, with a few residing at our facility. More information at: http://www.4luvofdog.org/wp/

Bonus Grants: 

Safe Kids Grand Forks; Grand Forks, North Dakota, $750
Safe Kids Grand Forks is a childhood injury prevention coalition that covers northeast ND and northwest MN. The organization focuses its efforts on reducing preventable injuries to children - their number one cause of death. Safe Kids just launched an adaptive aquatics program that helps children with special needs to learn water safety skills to keep them safe in an aquatics setting. More information at: http://safekidsgf.com/
 
RoughRider AMUCS, Bismarck, North Dakota, $750
RoughRider AMBUCS is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide mobility & independence to individuals with disabilities. The organization provides scholarships to therapy students, and by providing Amtryke therapeutic tricycles to individuals with disabilities. More information at: https://roughriderambucs.wixsite.com/bismarck#!                         

Mondak Animal Rescue; Williston, North Dakota, $500
The Mondak Animal Rescue is a non-profit which provides a temporary safe place for animals awaiting to find their forever homes. The Mondak Animal Center recently just opened inside the Buck Scheele Family Animal Center, and is transitioning from a foster based rescue to a brick and motor rescue. More information at:  http://www.mondakanimalrescue.org/                                             

Thank you to everyone who participated!  We received a record 91 applications this year. We look forward to seeing these dollars put to use in our communities!

You can find us at our new home address; web address, that is!

You can find us at our new home address; web address, that is!

If you’ve ever talked to one of our bankers or needed to get to our website, you’ve probably noticed that our website address of www.firstintlbank.com gets to be a mouth-full and can easily be entered or written incorrectly. We are really excited to share that we have a new, simple URL.

FIBT.com

With our website address changing, your favorite bankers’ email addresses will be evolving as well. Starting Friday, May 3rd, you will notice emails coming from an @FIBT.com address. Be sure to white list or update your “safe senders” in your email application so that you don’t miss any communications from us. 

Updating Safe Senders List

At First International Bank & Trust, we’ve reached out to the three most common email providers for how to steps to update your safe sender list. See below and follow the simple steps to ensure your list is updated. 

OUTLOOK
  1. On the Home tab, click Junk, and then click Junk E-mail Options.

  2. On the Safe Senders tab, check the Automatically add people I e-mail to the Safe Senders List box. 

    Note: Do not automatically include contacts in the Safe Sender List

GMAIL
  1. In Gmail, click the Create a Filter link which is placed right next to the search box. 

  2. In the From: Field, enter the email address or addresses, domain name, or even the actual names of the people who you would like to add to the safe sender list. You can separate multiple entries using OR (in all Caps) or with the bar sign (|). 

  3. Upon completion, click Next and select Never Send it to Spam. 

Yahoo
  1. Click on the Settings.

  2. Click Filters and then Add. 

  3. Enter a Filter Name.

  4. Enter the domain of the email you what to whitelist in the Sender field or enter the email address you want to whitelist in the Recipient field. 

  5.  Select Inbox as the folder to deliver the email. 

  6. Click Save and then click Save again.

Celebrating Five Years of Live First Community Grants with $25,000

Celebrating Five Years of Live First Community Grants with $25,000



We believe in giving back to our communities and neighbors because ultimately, if they’re healthy and thriving, so are we. Non-profit organizations support quality of life in the communities we serve, helping those in need, and giving shape to bold dreams, and noble causes.

We support the work of do-gooders, dream-makers, and care-takers every day. In an effort to promote and support the important work done by our non-profits, we’re upping the ante for this year’s Live First Community Grant program which will award a total of $25,000 to a project or cause that makes a difference within the community.

2019 Live First Community Giving Grant categories are as follows:

  • Grand Prize: $10,000

  • NEW this year! Rising Star: this grant is designed for new projects or non-profits, or existing non-profits with new initiatives in need of a little kick-start. Five winners will be selected from across our footprint to receive $2,000 each.

  • Fan Favorite: this grant of up to $1,000 each will be awarded based on the most votes from FIBT social media fans 

Many of our customers and community members are already actively involved with great causes that could qualify for the Live First Community Giving Grant. Ideas could include:

  • Supporting animal shelter operations

  • Volunteering and buying supplies for a food bank

  • Updating playground equipment at a community park

  • Starting a community garden for growing vegetables

  • Purchasing a new piano for your local theater program

You can see the impact this program made for one of our previous winners here!

How to Apply:

If your organization is interested in applying for a Live First Community Giving Grant, please click here to apply between Wednesday, April 3, 2019 and Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 11:59 AM CST for instructions to submit your application and to see the Official Rules.

Applicants –visit the First International Bank & Trust Facebook page during the voting period and share your entry any time you want to remind your friends to vote. Just click “View Entries,” find your own entry and then Share. Don’t forget to spread the word! You can share on Social Media, send emails and ask your friends to do the same! Use #Livefirst in your social media posts!

How to Vote:

Click here to vote for an organization that applied for the Live First Community Giving Grant between Wednesday, April 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM CST and Wednesday, May 8th, 2019. Here you will see each organization that applied.

Please feel free to like, share and promote the Live First Community Giving Grant program on First International Bank & Trust’s Facebook page as we know many of our customers and community members are actively involved with non-profit organizations throughout our community.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Best of luck to all applicants – we look forward to hearing your ideas!

 
 
Romance Scams Will Cost You

Romance Scams Will Cost You

by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education

It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. You may think you spend a lot on flowers or chocolate, but losing money in a romance scam would cost you even more. Last year, people reported losing $143 million to romance scams – a higher total than for any other type of scam reported to the FTC. And, according to a new FTC Data Spotlight, reports of romance scams are on the rise.

You may read the full article here: Read more >

First International Insurance Acquires Johnson & Johnson Insurance Agency, LLC in Moorhead, MN

First International Insurance Acquires Johnson & Johnson Insurance Agency, LLC in Moorhead, MN

FARGO, ND – January 2, 2019: First International Insurance announces today the acquisition of Moorhead, MN insurance agency, Johnson & Johnson Insurance.
 
“We are excited to have the employees of Johnson & Johnson join the First International Insurance family,” says Daniel Toy, VP/Director of Insurance. “Both organizations operate as independent insurance agencies, providing a wide array of personal and commercial insurance products allowing agents to shop multiple companies and find the best coverage and value. It will be a smooth transition for all involved.”
 
Clients of Johnson & Johnson Insurance can expect a seamless transition. Their relationships with their existing agents will remain in place and they will continue to offer commercial and personal insurance with expert service at the insurance office, located at 1730 30th Avenue South in Moorhead.
 
“It was important to us to find a company that had similar values and believed in providing the same exemplary level of one-on-one service for clients. We are in good hands and are excited for our future,” says Greg Johnson, Insurance Agent and Manager of Johnson & Johnson Insurance.
 
First International Insurance is a division of First International Bank & Trust. Peter Stenehjem, the company’s President, shares, “Since the early stages of our company’s history, being able to offer insurance protection to our customers was important. Our interest is in our customers’ overall financial health. Having insurance experts who can help families and businesses in our communities secure the proper insurance protection is important as a full service community bank.”
 
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ABOUT FIRST INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE
First International Insurance is a division of First International Bank & Trust. As an independent insurance agency, they represent a wide variety of carefully selected insurance companies in order to offer a comprehensive selection of plans, representing the most dependable insurance companies in the industry. You can learn more at www.firstintlins.com
 
ABOUT FIRST INTERNATIONAL BANK & TRUST
First International Bank & Trust was founded in 1910 and is owned by Watford City Bancshares, Inc., which is owned by the Stenehjem family. First International Bank & Trust is a full-service, independent community bank, a member of FDIC, and an equal housing lender. The strength of the Stenehjem family values, commitments to their communities and dedication to their customers remain their focus and lives on in all 650+ employees. Today, the bank has 27 branches throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and Arizona. To learn more about First International Bank & Trust, visit www.firstintlbank.com