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  • 25 Years of Giving Video Contest

    We’re excited about the stories we’ve received from the community in our 25 Years of Giving Video Contest. What better way to celebrate our foundation’s more than a quarter century of community support totaling more than $80 million?

    Judging begins - Voting is now complete!

    Thanks to everyone who voted for a deserving non-profit in our 25 Years of Giving Contest. The votes collected are currently being tallied to determine our 30 finalists. Our winners will be announced on Oct. 1.

    All of our videos are still available at the links below. Watch them again as you wait for the announcement of our contest winners.


    Florida

    Jacksonville
    South Florida/Keys


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    North Carolina

    Triad
    Triangle
    Charlotte
    Hickory
    Asheville


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    Northwest Mississippi

    Southaven
    Olive Branch
    Hernando
    Horn Lake
    Senatobia


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    South Carolina

    Charleston
    Greenville/Spartanburg
    Columbia


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    East/Northeast Tennessee

    Knoxville
    Chattanooga
    Cleveland
    Tri-Cities
    Greeneville
    Sevierville
    Morristown/Dandridge


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    Middle Tennessee

    Nashville
    Cookeville


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    West Tennessee

    Memphis
    Jackson


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    Texas

    Houston


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    Virginia

    Richmond


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    Our company established a private charitable foundation in 1993 to support nonprofit organizations in the communities we serve. We invest in a way that engages our employees, responds inclusively to needs and promotes progress and prosperity across Tennessee. Since its inception, our foundation has donated more than $80 million to meet community needs. The foundation was twice chosen as one of the most outstanding foundations by the Memphis chapter of the National Society of Fundraising Executives for our leadership in philanthropy and community involvement and a certificate of recognition for our outstanding work in the community from the American Bankers Association. The committee was impressed with the foundation's initiative, creativity and dedication, especially in today's challenging economic environment.
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    How We Make Our Giving Decisions

    Our application process opens on Oct. 1 – Dec. 1 to be awarded the following year. Final decisions are communicated by the end of March for the year we grant the request. All applications are carefully reviewed by staff and select applications are then reviewed annually by leaders who work in the region where the grant is received.

    Getting Started

    Please review our guidelines before you get started. If, after reviewing this information, you believe your organization and/or project fit within the First Tennessee Foundation's program interests, please click here and follow these directions

    We target our contributions to strengthen these vital signs of a strong community:

    We do not use corporate contributions to support:

    • Individuals
    • Trips and Tours
    • Charities sponsored solely by a single civic organization
    • Charities that redistribute funds to other charitable organizations, except in the case of recognized united fund-type organizations
    • K-12 schools and solely religious, social or fraternal organizations
    • Political organizations or those having the primary purpose of influencing legislation or promoting a particular ideological point of view
    • Operating budget deficits