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#FNBGiveFirst 2020 FAQs

#FNBGiveFirst 2020 FAQs

What is #FNBGiveFirst?

#FNBGiveFirst is a fun digital competition where YOU decide which four non-profits in our community win big. For the 8th year in a row, we’ll be giving away a total of $10,000!

How does it work?

Think March Madness but for your favorite local non-profit. Organizations can be nominated during the nomination phase of August 31 – September 14. Nominating an organization is easy. All you need to do is go to, type in the name of your organization, and press submit. That’s it! Nominating your organization is unlimited so go ahead and nominate them as many times as you want.

The 32 organizations with the most nominations will make it into the bracket competition. The more times an organization is nominated, the higher they will be seeded in the bracket.

After the nomination phase, each non-profit will be sorted into one of four divisions to compete in weekly elimination rounds. Each week, half of the organizations in each division will be eliminated until one winner from each division remains.

We’ve also made a change from previous years: you can only vote once, so be sure to spread the word so your favorite non-profit can get as many votes as possible!

Here’s a breakdown of the bracket schedule and voting window:

Week 1 (Aug. 31 – Sept. 14): Nomination phase.

Week 2 (Sept. 16 – 23): Bracket rounds start! Voters determine the top four non-profits in each division.

Week 3 (Sept. 23 – 30): The top four non-profits in each division face-off, two organizations in each division remain.

Week 4 (Sept. 30 – Oct. 7): This round will be a face-off of the top two in each division, and determine the winner of each division.

The voting window will open each week on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and will close the next Wednesday at 9:59 a.m. The final round of voting will end Wednesday, October 7 at 9:59 a.m., and the winners will be announced via Facebook video and on our website on Thursday, October 8.

We will share weekly bracket updates. The four winners are decided based on votes. Valid votes are counted on our website each week.

Who is eligible?

Qualified non-profits are 501(c)3 organizations located within a 50-mile radius of 100 S. Phillips Ave.

To impact as many organizations as possible over time, the 2019 #FNBGiveFirst winners are not eligible to participate in this year’s giveaway. Last year we were happy to present checks to All Cats Rescue, Midwest Honor Flight, The Banquet, and Children’s Inn. We thank them and all the other wonderful non-profits in our communities for all the great work they do!

Get the word out

We encourage you to share this opportunity with your friends, family, co-workers, volunteers, and board members, not just on social media. In the past, organizations have sent letters to their board members, included it in their monthly newsletters, and had volunteers vote before starting their volunteer shift. You could also post it on your own social media pages and website or take advantage of any events you might be hosting to get the word out. The opportunities to tell people to vote for your organization are endless!

Bracket Updates

Each week we will give a bracket update. The update will show who’s in the lead, who’s in last place, and everything in between. Do not be discouraged if your organization is not in the lead when the bracket update is uploaded, and do not feel safe if you are.  The numbers could change every hour!

Giving Guidelines:

For all community support, First National Bank will:

  • Make gifts to qualifying entities under applicable Sections of the Internal Revenue code, with a focus on our local communities.
  • Support programs and projects that are clearly defined.
  • Review all complete applications received on a timely basis, usually toward the end of each month.

First National Bank will generally not make contributions to:

  • Political parties, political candidates, or campaigns for specific ballot referendums or initiatives.
  • Organizations advocating positions or issues that we feel may be controversial, regardless of our opinion about such issues.
  • Individuals and for-profit organizations.

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