Old National Bank donates $170,000 to Minnesota nonprofits in Choose Your Charity giveaway

Posted: Dec 23, 2020

Minnesota – For four weeks, Old National Bank put the power in the community’s hands as they voted for their favorite Minnesota-based nonprofit organization through its Choose Your Charity campaign.

Over the course of those four weeks (Nov. 19-Dec. 17), the bank’s online voting platform received over 250,000 votes. Winning organizations had to be registered with 501(c)(3) legal tax exemption status within the bank’s Minnesota footprint.

The top vote-getter for each of the bank’s 31 Minnesota locations won $5,000, and the top vote-getter overall, which was Givers of Dreams, received an extra $10,000. Old National also had a surprise bonus prize on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1) and awarded the top vote-getter for that day a $5,000 prize, which went to Givers of Dreams.

“It’s such an amazing feeling to know Givers of Dreams won the grand prize! With the funding, we will be able to start our programs early 2021,” said Ming Lee, President of Givers of Dreams. “We are currently finalizing our teaching program where we provide an opportunity for teachers here in the U.S. to teach online classes to our students in Laos. We want to thank Old National Bank for giving back to local nonprofits in the Twin Cities and to our supporters who voted for us daily. Thank you!”

In total, Old National donated $170,000 to 31 Minnesota nonprofits as chosen by the community. 

“Choose Your Charity exceeded our expectations,” said Jim Collins, Minnesota Market President for Old National. “We hoped the community would be engaged and they really were throughout the entire four weeks. We saw friendly competition, and a lot of creative outreach from numerous nonprofits. We’re grateful to all the Minnesota nonprofits who participated in our campaign and for their dedicated work to many worthy causes.”

The winners by location are listed below:

Old National Banking Center

Nonprofit Winner


Apple Valley

Icettes Booster Club


Arden Hills

North Heights Lutheran Church


Big Lake

Fur-Ever Home Rescue



MN Fundraising Initiative


Brooklyn Center

Can Do Canines



Bison Backcourt Club






Mount Olivet Rolling Acres



World Learner School of Chaska



Cologne Academy



Houses for Haiti


Eden Prairie

Minnesota Ballet Theatre



Saveafox Corporation



Gemini Rottweiler and Pitbull Rescue



Vine Faith Action


Maple Grove

Bunce Backyard Productions



Clarkfield Area Charter School


North St. Paul

Givers of Dreams


Norwood Young America

2B Continued



Pause 4 Paws


Prior Lake

Spots Last Stop



Tay Phuong Monastery





St. Paul – Snelling

Journey Schools


St. Bonifacius

St Bonifacius Fire Auxiliary


St. Paul Park

Animal Ark



Lions Foundation of Victoria



Waconia Girls Blue Line Club



Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club


West St. Paul

St. Croix Lutheran High School Association





*Givers of Dreams won $5,000 as the top vote-getter for North St. Paul; $5,000 for Giving Tuesday; and $10,000 as the overall top vote-getter, for a total of $20,000.


Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ: ONB), the holding company of Old National Bank, is the largest bank holding company headquartered in Indiana. With $22.5 billion in assets, it ranks among the top 100 banking companies in the U.S. and has been recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute for nine consecutive years. Since its founding in Evansville in 1834, Old National Bank has focused on community banking by building long-term, highly valued partnerships and keeping our clients at the center of all we do. This is an approach to business that we call The ONB Way. Today, Old National’s footprint includes Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. In addition to providing extensive services in retail and commercial banking, Old National offers comprehensive wealth management, investment and capital market services. For more information and financial data, please visit Investor Relations at oldnational.com.