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  • 25 Years of Giving Video Contest - Submit by Aug. 1, 2018

    On June 30, 2018, the First Horizon Foundation will celebrate its 25th anniversary of supporting nonprofit organizations in the communities we serve.

    Founded in 1993, the First Horizon Foundation is the private charitable foundation of First Horizon National Corp., the parent company of Capital Bank and First Tennessee Bank. The First Horizon Foundation operates under two entities, Capital Bank Foundation and the First Tennessee Foundation.

    For the past quarter-century, our foundation has distributed more than $80 million to meet community needs and we are excited to continue investing in our communities as our company continues to grow and expand.

    To celebrate this milestone and introduce our Capital Bank Foundation to our Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia communities, we’re launching our 25 Years of Giving Video Contest.

    The contest will be held from June 25 – Aug. 1 and $250,000 will be invested back into our communities to winning organizations.

    Previous grant recipients, as well as nonprofits that would like to be considered for foundation funding, may submit videos of up to 60 seconds in length. Videos should illustrate how a grant from our foundation has helped or could help the community.

    Finalists will be determined through public voting and a panel of judges will select winners, which will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. A total of $250,000 will be awarded.


    The 25 Years of Giving Video Contest is open to any 501c3 organization that is eligible to receive funding from our foundation. Ineligible organizations include political, solely religious, social and fraternal nonprofits. Videos can only be submitted by an eligible organization’s representative and only one submission will be accepted per organization. The contest is subject to all federal laws and regulations.

    Video criteria

    1. Organization's submission must highlight how it has partnered with or could partner with our foundation to strengthen our communities.
    2. All submissions must be original work by the organization and/or its representatives.
    3. All submissions must be no longer than 60 seconds.
    4. Videos produced using a smartphone are acceptable – and actually preferred.
    5. Only one submission per organization.

    Deadline to enter: Aug. 1, 2018 no later than midnight CST.


    • Round 1: Public voting - Aug. 15 - 31, 2018 – Top 25 videos with the most votes will be reviewed by a panel of celebrity judges.
    • Round 2: Celebrity judges - Sept. 5 - 19, 2018 – Judges will select winning videos; organizations with winning videos will receive cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. A total of up to $250,000 will be awarded.

    Dates to remember

    • Aug. 1, 2018: Submission Deadline
    • Aug. 15, 2018: Public voting begins
    • Aug. 31, 2018: Public voting ends
    • Sept. 5-19, 2018: Panel of judges select winners
    • October 1, 2018: Winners announced


    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