Michael Solberg

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In 2013, Bell State Bank & Trust added Pay It Forward: Community Connect as part of its $1.5 million commitment to Paying It Forward. Each employee selected someone in the community who themselves had the chance to Pay It Forward to those in need. Bank president Michael Solberg (left) says, "Choosing these individuals and giving them the opportunity to Pay It Forward has resulted in still more inspirational stories of giving."

Pay It Forward: 2013

In 2013, Bell State Bank & Trust and Bell Mortgage employees again had the opportunity to Pay It Forward by giving back to the communities we serve. Each year since 2008, every full-time employee has received $1,000 and every part-time employee $500 to Pay It Forward as they see fit to those in need. In what has become a year-round tradition, our employees carefully consider their Pay It Forward gifts. Our Pay It Forward gifts since the program’s inception are nearing $5 million that has been given to people in need and causes we care about.

This past year, we made an addition to Pay It Forward that doubled its life-changing impact. Through our “Pay It Forward: Community Connect” component, each employee selected a customer, vendor or community member who themselves had the chance to Pay It Forward to an individual, family or organization in need.

Our customers, vendors and friends are the reason we grow and succeed. Choosing these individuals and giving them the opportunity to Pay It Forward has resulted in still more inspirational stories of giving. We are so happy to share this program, because we know these gifts change the lives not only of those who receive them, but of the givers. Each time we Pay It Forward, we are blessed many times over.

It is our hope that in reading these stories, you may be moved to post a need, adopt a cause, donate to our Pay It Forward program, or choose your own Pay It Forward project.

On this website, you will find just a few of the many stories of giving from the past year. Together and individually, employees have given to schools and churches; they have designated giving to help school children and senior citizens; they have donated to organizations that help animals; they have assisted people here at home and around the globe. Employees have volunteered on building projects and wept with those grieving a loss. Many have connected with a single individual or family who inspires them to give.

Please join us this year in paying it forward, because even the smallest gift can be life-changing. It is our hope these stories will inspire you to give where you see the greatest need. We hope all of you share in the joy of helping where needs are greatest.

Michael Solberg, President
Bell State Bank & Trust

Holiday Insert 2013

Where did your favorite Bell State Bank & Trust employees give their Pay It Forward funds? Explore our 2013 Christmas card.

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