Bemidji Area Gifts of Hope Fund

Supporting Homegrown Businesses, Neighbors & Our Community

The Gifts of Hope Fund was established to help local businesses and families that are in critical need due to the impact of COVID-19.

A portion of the fund was used to purchase gift certificates from area businesses, which were in turn, donated to United Way of Bemidji.  United Way distributed the gift certificates to local families economically impacted by COVID-19.

The remaining portion of the fund was focused on incentivizing the public to purchase gift certificates from our locally owned and homegrown businesses.

THANK YOU to all those who purchased, sponsored and assisted in promoting this program. Your contributions continue to make a difference in our community.

 

Gifts of Hope THANK YOU

The Gift Certificate Incentive Program

Each week, 20 businesses were showcased on the Gifts of Hope site where the public could purchase a $40 gift certificate for only $20! The Bemidji Area Gifts of Hope Fund covered the additional $20. The business then received the full $40 payment for the sale of the gift certificate.

  • Gift certificates will be announced in "rounds".
  • Each round will consist of 20 businesses with 60 gift certificates available for each on the Bemidji Alliance website.
  • Each round will occur from Wednesday 8:00am CT to Thursday at 5pm CT.
  • During the round you, your family, friends and supporters can purchase $40 gift certificates for only $20 each.
  • The Bemidji Area Gifts of Hope Fund will cover the additional $20 per certificate.
  • Upon purchase, customers will receive email notification of their order.
  • Each gift certificate purchased comes with a unique verification code. You will need to provide these codes to the business you are patronizing at the time of redemption; they will utilize these codes to prevent duplication and misuse.
  • Certificates may not be redeemed for cash. Any amounts not used during the initial purchase will need to be tracked by the business and customer for future redemption.
  • PLEASE NOTE: A credit card processing fee of 3.% will apply. In order to allow time for our volunteers to process your order and notify the business, certificates cannot be redeemed until 7 days from the date of purchase. This will also be noted on your order notification.

Any further questions, please contact giftsofhope@bemidjialliance.org

Agreement and Terms:
By opting in as a customer of this program, I agree to abide by the instructions and terms set forth. Bemidji Alliance, it’s partners, and sponsors of the Gifts of Hope Fund are not liable for any loss, misuse or inability to redeem these gift certificates.

  • To qualify, businesses must be a locally owned or homegrown small business within the Bemidji School District.
  • Upon your Opt-In submission, your business will be entered in a lottery to be selected in one of two rounds of gift certificate purchasing.
  • If more funds become available, additional rounds will be announced.
  • If your business is selected through the lottery you will be contacted by a Bemidji Alliance representative with further details.
  • Each round will consist of 20 businesses with 60 gift certificates available for each on the Bemidji Alliance website.
  • Each round will occur from Wednesday 8:00am CT to Thursday at 5pm CT.
  • During the round customers can purchase $40 gift certificates for only $20 each.
  • The Bemidji Area Gifts of Hope Fund will cover the additional $20 per certificate.
  • A credit card processing fee of 3.5% will be applied. This fee will be paid for by the customer.
  • Upon purchase, the customer will receive confirmation of their order via email, including instructions on how to redeem at your store.
  • Each gift certificate purchased comes with a unique verification code. Customers will need to provide these codes to you at the time of redemption; you will utilize these codes to prevent duplication and misuse.
  • Certificates may not be redeemed for cash. Any amounts not used during the initial purchase will need to be tracked by the business and customer for future redemption.
  • In order to allow time for our volunteers to process the orders and notify the businesses, certificates cannot be redeemed until 7 days from the date of purchase. This will also be noted on the customer's order notification.
  • Upon the closing of the round, a Bemidji Alliance representative will contact you via email with a copy of an Excel spreadsheet reflecting your business’ gift certificate sales for that round.
  • You as the business owner will need to track the redemption of these certificates and come up with a system you are comfortable with.
  • A check for the full amount ($40 per gift certificate sold) will be sent within the week to your business for the number of gift certificates sold within the round.

Any further questions, please contact giftsofhope@bemidjialliance.org

Agreement and Terms:

By opting in to this program, I agree to honor any and all gift certificates purchased for my business. I understand the gift cards purchased have no expiration date and I am responsible to track when gift cards are redeemed. Bemidji Alliance, it’s partners, and sponsors of the Gifts of Hope Fund are not liable for any loss, misuse or inability to process theses gift certificates.

Thank You Businesses!

The deadline for opting-in has passed. Thank you to all of the businesses who participated and supported each other throughout this initiative!

Thank You Sponsors!

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors! This would not have been possible without your generous donations and love for our Bemidji community!

Thank you to our amazing sponsors for contributing to the Bemidji Area Gifts of Hope Fund.

The Steve and Jill Hill Family

George W. Neilson Foundation

Affinity Plus Credit Union

Kraus Anderson Construction

Inn-Keepers Association

Lucachick Architecture

Security Bank USA

Pinnacle Marketing Group

Land O' Lakes Wood Preserving

Koda Bank

TruStar Credit Union

Paul Bunyan Communications

Otter Tail Power

Sanford Health

Moore Engineering

Century 21 Dickinson Realty

North Central Door Company

Stonewell Insurance Agency

Thank you also to United Way of Bemidji Area for partnering with us on these efforts.