What is #FNBGiveFirst?
#FNBGiveFirst is a fun competition where YOU decide which four non-profits in our community win big. We’ll be giving away a total of $10,000. This is our 7th year, and it just keeps getting better and better!
How does it work?
Think March Madness but for your favorite local non-profit. Organizations must be nominated during the month of October in order for them to make it into the preliminary bracket. The more times an organization is nominated using the hashtag #FNBGiveFirst, the higher they will be seeded in the bracket. All you need to do is post the name of the non-profit you want to nominate, along with the hashtag on social media. It’s that easy!
Each non-profit will be sorted into one of four divisions. During the first week, voters will have the chance to choose who makes it into the final campaign bracket, there are only 32 spots; so be sure to spread the word and vote! The top eight organizations from each division will face-off two by two until there is a winner in each division. The highest-seeded non-profit in a division will face-off against the lowest-seeded in their division, and so on. Once the campaign starts, you can vote each week on our website. The best part? Voting is unlimited!
The remaining weeks will be elimination rounds; each week, half the organizations in each division will be eliminated until one from each division remains.
Week 2 (Nov. 11-15): Voters determine the top four non-profits in each division.
Week 3 (Nov. 18-22): The top two non-profits face-off in each division.
Week 4 (Nov. 25-29): This voting round will determine the champion in each division.
Week 5 (Dec. 2-6): The champions from each division will compete in the final week of the campaign for a $4,000 grand prize, while the other three will win $2,000 each by default.
We will share weekly bracket updates via Facebook video. The four winners are decided based on votes. Valid votes are counted on our website each week.
Be sure to spread the word so your favorite non-profit has a chance to win the grand prize!
Who is eligible?
Qualified non-profits are 501(c)3 organizations located within a 50-mile radius of 100 S. Phillips Ave. See page three of this document for First National Bank’s giving guidelines.
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!
Each Wednesday during the campaign we will give a bracket update via Facebook video. The update will show who’s in the lead, who’s in last place, and everything in between. The first week will be a big update with all of the nominated organizations. The following elimination rounds will be focused on the top eight, four, two, and champions in each division. 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. Since voting is unlimited, the numbers will change every hour.
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.