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Choice Bank Receives Corporate Leadership in Philanthropy Award

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As part of their National Philanthropy Day celebration on November 15, 2018, The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Northern Plains Chapter presented the Corporate Leadership in Philanthropy Award to Choice Bank.

Founded in 1960, the AFP has grown into one of the largest organizations of professional fundraisers with over 244 chapters and 33,000 members worldwide.

The award for Corporate Leadership in Philanthropy recognizes and celebrates excellence in corporate citizenship. Only those organizations that have made significant contributions towards meeting a community need are considered for nomination.

Taking their PeopleFirst philosophy beyond the bank, Choice and its employees dedicate much of their time to volunteering within their communities. “Through PeopleFirst, Choice continually tries to find ways to inspire and bring people together in our communities to better the places we live,” said Brian L. Johnson, President, Choice Bank. “We do this by listening to community needs and creating opportunities to support local causes.”

Brian L Johnson speaks at National Philanthropy Day
Brian L. Johnson speaks at National Philanthropy Day.

In one year, Choice helped raise $176,092 for hospice care, over $40,000 for local food banks, and donated 5,288 hours volunteering their time and talent to their communities.

“Choice Bank’s reputation of being a PeopleFirst, mission-driven company is known throughout the region,” said Karen H. Crane, CFRE; President, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northern Plains Chapter. “Their leadership in promoting and hosting Go Hawaiian for Hospice in Fargo, and similar events for hospice organizations across Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Dickinson has resulted in over $1 million in donations. We are honored to recognize them and their generosity.”

The National Philanthropy Day celebration was held by the AFP Northern Plains Chapter at the Hilton Garden Inn, Fargo, ND.

Full details about National Philanthropy Day in Fargo, ND can be found at

Guests and team members enjoying the various hospice fundraising events put on by Choice Bank.


Bettering the places we live is one of our core values. We’re dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and economic viability of families and businesses in our communities. Learn about our People First history here.