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Community Impact

Outstanding Community Commitment

A commitment to the community has been at the heart of Northeast Bank since 1947. We believe that meeting the credit needs of the communities in which we do business is good business practice and essential to the Bank's long-term vitality. 

On an ongoing basis, Federal Regulators review banks for their compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). This review takes a look at lending practices, products, and services offered, in addition to the overall commitment to meeting the needs of the local community. Northeast Bank has received the highest rating of "Outstanding" over the past nine exam periods (2023, 2020, 2017, 2014, 2012, 2009, 2006, 2003, and 1997) from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Northeast Bank has offices in Minneapolis, New Brighton, and Coon Rapids and defines its local community as all of Hennepin, Anoka, and Ramsey Counties.

Members of the Board of Directors and Officers of the Bank are affiliated with the following organizations:

  • AccessAbility
  • American Bankers Association
  • American Craft Council
  • Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Anoka County 4-H
  • Anoka County Community Action
  • Anoka Hennepin Technical College Foundation
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College Foundation
  • Bayan Community
  • BestPrep
  • Blaine Community Scholarship Program
  • Camilia Rose Foundation
  • Cars for Neighbors Program
  • Catholic Eldercare
  • Central Minnesota Development Corporation (CMDC)
  • City of Coon Rapids – Business Retention and Expansion Leadership Committee (BRE)
  • City of Lakes Community Land Trust
  • Clare Housing
  • Columbia Academy
  • Columbia Heights Business Council
  • Columbia Heights Independent School District #13
  • Columbia Heights Public Library
  • Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP)
  • Community Involvement Program
  • Community Partners for Youth
  • Community Support Center of New Brighton (CSC)
  • Connecting Women in Business
  • Connexus Energy
  • Coon Rapids Business Council
  • Coon Rapids Community Scholarship Program
  • Coon Rapids Rotary
  • Crest View Foundation
  • Cub Scouts
  • D.A.R.E. Inc
  • DeLaSalle High School
  • East Minneapolis Exchange Club
  • East Side Meals on Wheels
  • East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc.
  • Edison Highschool
  • Emma B. Howe YMCA
  • Epiphany Parish and School
  • Family Pathways
  • Falcon Heights City Council and Planning Commission
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries
  • Friends of the Mississippi
  • Graduate School of Banking - Colorado
  • Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation
  • Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hamline University
  • Harold Mezile North Community Youth and Teen Enrichment Center (North Community YMCA)
  • Hennepin County Resources Board
  • Highlands Elementary School
  • HIRED - HR Advisory Board
  • Hmong College Prep Academy
  • Holy Cross Church
  • Hospitality House Youth Development
  • Junior Achievement
  • Knights of Columbus Fundraising
  • Mercy and Unity Hospitals Foundation
  • Metro North Chamber of Commerce
  • Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD)
  • Metropolitan Economic Development Association
  • Minnesota Bankers Association
  • Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
  • Minnesota Business Finance Corporation (MBFC)
  • Minnesota Business Venture
  • Minnesota Continuing Legal Education
  • Minnesota Department of Human Rights
  • Minnesota Medical Foundation
  • Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists
  • Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation
  • Minnesota Pilot Program — Minnesota Battered Women
  • Minnesota Stroke Association
  • Minnesota Youth Athletic Services
  • MNCREW (Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women)
  • Mounds View Business Council
  • Mounds View Economic Development Commission
  • Mounds View Education Foundation
  • Mount Carmel Lutheran Church
  • My Very Own Bed
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
  • Neighborhood HealthSource
  • North Community YMCA
  • North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce
  • North Hennepin Community College Foundation (NHCC)
  • North Metro Human Resources Board
  • Northeast Business Association
  • Northeast Community Development Corporation (NECDC)
  • Northeast Economic Development Corporation
  • Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association
  • Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce
  • Northeast Minneapolis Kiwanis
  • Northeast Youth & Family Services
  • Northern Star Council — Three Rivers District
  • Northside Achievement Zone
  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Brooklyn Park
  • Prodeo Academy
  • Propel Nonprofits
  • Ramsey Rotary
  • Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
  • RISE, Inc.
  • Roseville Rotary
  • Salvation Army
  • Santa Cop – New Brighton Public Safety
  • School District 623
  • ServeMinnesota
  • Sheridan Story
  • Shop with a Cop – Columbia Heights Police Department
  • Sojourner Truth Academy
  • Southern Anoka County Assistance (SACA)
  • Helena Church & School
  • The Camden Promise
  • The Cookie Cart
  • The Dwelling Place
  • TPC Rose
  • TSE, Inc.
  • Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce
  • Urban Homeworks
  • University of Minnesota Center Cleft Palate Clinics
  • University of Minnesota Heart Campaign Advisory Committee
  • Volunteers of America - Minnesota
  • Waite Park Elementary School
  • Walter C. Rasmussen—Northeast Bank Foundation
  • Wishes & More
  • WomenVenture

Officers also maintain a continuing liaison with the Housing and Redevelopment Authorities of the cities of Minneapolis, Columbia Heights, Fridley, Blaine, and Coon Rapids.

Northeast Bank is honored to have received multiple awards and recognition for community service and our philanthropy. Here are a few recent awards we are proud to have received:

2023 Top Workplaces by the Star Tribune

2023 Community Champion Recognition by the Minnesota Bankers Association

2022 Top Workplaces by the Star Tribune

2022 Community Champion Recognition by the Minnesota Bankers Association

2022 Community Partnership Award from The Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being

2021 Top 175 Places to Work by the Star Tribune

2021 Top 200 Community Banks & Thrifts – American Banker

2020 Minnesota Bankers Association Community Champion Recognition

2020 Top 150 Places to Work by the Star Tribune

2020 Best Bank for Business Finalist by the Twin Cities Business Journal

2018-2023 Best Bank Reader's Choice Award by Sun Media

2019 Star Tribune Top 150 Places to Work

2019 Minnesota Bankers Association Community Champion Recognition - The MBA recognized Northeast Bank for contributions, service, and support of our local community.

2018 Star Tribune Top 150 Places to Work

2018 Rising Star in Banking awarded to Mike Scholl of Northeast Bank

2018 Top Women in Finance awarded to Andrea Murphy of Northeast Bank

2017 American Bankers Association Honorable Mention for Protecting Older Americans

2017 Minnesota Business Best in Class: Midsize Company Award - Recognized for overall excellence for positive impact on Minnesota communities by a midsize company (51-250 employees).

2016 Minnesota Keystone Honored Company Award - Recognizes companies that donate at least 2 percent of their pre-tax earnings to the community

2016 Twin Cities North Chamber Community Advocate Award 

2015 Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year -This award honors companies that take an active role in the community and create a positive working environment for their employees. 

2013 American Institute of Public Service Jefferson Award

All loans are offered in a manner that is consistent with safe and sound banking practices. The Bank does not discriminate against credit applications on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, familial status (having children under the age of 18), age (provided the applicant has the capacity to enter into a binding contract), or because all or part of the applicant's income is derived from public assistance programs or because the applicant resides in, or is affiliated with, what is considered to be a low or moderate-income area.

Here are a few examples of our community development lending:

  • Loans made to non-profits and other social service agencies
  • Tax-exempt bond financing
  • Partnering with local municipalities for down payment or capital assistance
  • Utilization of SBA programs including but not limited to: 504, 7a and Patriot Express
  • The Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Agency (CPED) partners with Northeast Bank to provide financing for:
    • Buildings
    • Land
    • Production Equipment
    • Renovation
    • Working Capital 

Learn more about our business and nonprofit loans and credit offerings.

In 2013, Northeast Bank was honored to receive a National Jefferson Award for our community service. The American Institute of Public Service established the Jefferson Awards as the American Noble Prize for community and public service. We received this award for the significant contribution that our staff of only 83 full-time equivalents and our officers and directors made to the community. In 2011, board members, officers, and employees logged almost 4,000 volunteer hours as members of organizations, supporters of community projects, and volunteers at events. In addition, the Bank's board members and officers are affiliated with more than 60 local, nonprofit organizations. 

In 1994, the Walter C. Rasmussen Foundation partnered with the University of Minnesota to create the Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease. This partnership was founded on the passion of people wanting to prevent and control cardiovascular disease. Belva Rasmussen, Walter's wife, along with Dr. Jay Cohn, MD – Cardiologist, and director of the Rasmussen Center, a division of the University of Minnesota Medical School, painstakingly worked together to ensure that the Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease became a reality. In 1991, this disease took the life of Walter Rasmussen, founder of Northeast Bank. Today, Dr. Jay Cohn continues to head this division 22 years later.

The Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease is unique – taking prevention a step beyond risk evaluation to look for early markers of cardiovascular disease. The program takes a comprehensive approach where all aspects of prevention are considered. It helps patients learn how to prevent a cardiovascular event such as heart attack, stroke or peripheral vascular disease.