September marks the 135th anniversary of The First National Bank in Sioux Falls! We’re celebrating by giving away a total of $10,000 to local non-profits through our annual #FNBGiveFirst digital competition. At the end, four non-profits will each receive $2,500. Read carefully, as a few things have changed from previous years. Here’s how it will work:
#FNBGiveFirst will be held from Monday, August 31 – Wednesday, October 7.
This year’s GiveFirst competition will once again be bracket-style. (Think March Madness, but with your favorite non-profits). To be eligible*, non-profits must be 501(c)3 organizations located within a 50-mile radius of 100 S. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104. 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!
Non-profits must be nominated online at www.fnbsf.com/nominate. Nomination submissions are unlimited. This is where the competition starts: with a limited number of bracket spots up for grabs, only the 32 organizations with the most nominations will make it into the bracket and move on. The more times an organization is nominated, the higher they will be seeded in the bracket.
After the close of the nomination phase, the top 32 non-profits will be sorted into one of four divisions. In the remaining weeks, the non-profits will face-off until one from each division remains. Once the bracket rounds start, you can vote each week on our website. Be sure to spread the word and get your friends to vote because you can only vote once per round this year. Sharing the voting link on your social media account(s) is the best way to help your organization get more votes.
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 until two organizations in each division remain.
Week 4 (Oct. 30 – 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 on Thursday, October 8.
Spread the word, and make sure you’re following us for all the updates:
Read our FAQs, view our sample bracket, and download your 2020 #FNBGiveFirst poster to get a jumpstart on spreading the word. You can post them on your social media, print them, or email it to your favorite organization(s). Be creative!
Please contact us if you have any questions.