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  • You came, you watched and then you voted! Meet our 25 Years of Giving winners

    Now it’s time for our winners to be recognized! The contest, which celebrated our Foundation’s 25th anniversary, secured more than 500 submissions and more than 166,000 votes. Watch the videos on the contest website.

    Check out the winning organizations' stories.

    $2,500 – Honorable Mention

    Asian Culture Center of Knoxville, TN
    Emancipation Park Conservancy of Houston, TX
    Institute for Child and Family Health of Miami, FL
    Kids on Point of Charleston, SC
    La Paz of Chattanooga, TN
    Rock the Street, Wall Street of Nashville, TN
    Science Museum of Virginia Foundation of Richmond, VA
    Southern Reins of Memphis, TN
    The Performers Academy of Jacksonville, FL
    WKNO of Memphis, TN


    Appalachian Bear Rescue of Townsend, TN
    Brother's Keeper of Johnson City, TN
    Children's Theatre of Charlotte of Charlotte, NC
    Forrest Spence Fund of Memphis, TN
    High Hopes Development Center of Franklin, TN
    Hope House of Memphis, TN
    Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga, TN
    Pink Palace Family of Museums of Memphis, TN
    Redemption Road Rescue of Jackson, TN
    Remote Area Medical of Rockford, TN
    Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast TN, Kingsport, TN
    Youth Villages of Memphis, TN


    Abilities Unlimited of the Carolinas of Charlotte, NC
    Appalachian Theatre of the High Country of Boone, NC
    Chattanooga Zoo of Chattanooga, TN
    Harwood Center of Memphis, TN
    Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina of Asheville, NC
    InterFaith Health Clinic of Knoxville, TN
    Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte of Charlotte, NC
    The ARC Williamson County of Franklin, TN
    Young-Williams Animal Center of Knoxville, TN


    Central Piedmont Community College of Charlotte, NC
    Friends of the Smokies of Kodak, TN
    HopeWorks of Memphis, TN
    New Ballet Ensemble & School of Memphis, TN

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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.

    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