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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 $70 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.

    150 Days of Giving 

    First Tennessee has a proud tradition of investing in its communities, and that’s why we made the First Tennessee Foundation’s 150 Days of Giving part of the bank’s 150th anniversary celebration. Through the 150 Days of Giving, the First Tennessee Foundation awarded $5,000 to a different nonprofit each day for 150 days in 2014. That’s $750,000 we’ve invested to make our communities better, and it’s on top of the $5 million the First Tennessee Foundation traditionally gives each year. Our first winner was determined on March 25, 2014, First Tennessee’s 150th birthday, and voting wrapped up 150 days later, on Aug. 21, 2014. When all was said and done, we had more than 1.4 million votes in the 150 Days of Giving. That shows just how much people care about making our communities better for us all. 

    How We Make Our Giving Decisions

    We accept applications by Dec. 1 for First Tennessee Foundation grants that will be awarded the following year. 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. We make our final decisions by the end of March for the year we grant the request.

    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
    • Bank 'clearinghouse' organizations
    • 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
    • Religious, veteran, 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