First Tennessee Bank recently celebrated its 150th anniversary this year. To build on the bank’s legacy of giving back to its communities, the First Tennessee Foundation launched the” 150 Days of Giving” – granting $5,000 to a different nonprofit each day for 150 days, starting on the bank’s 150th birthday on March 25. Winners were determined by public online voting. As eligible organizations urged their supporters to vote, thousands of emails celebrated the work of the nonprofits and First Tennessee’s 150th anniversary.
“At First Tennessee we’re very proud of our 150-year history of giving back to our communities, so we made the ‘150 Days of Giving’ the centerpiece of our anniversary celebration,” said Kim Cherry, EVP of corporate communications. “Our communities have supported us for 150 years, and that’s why we were able to celebrate this milestone. This is our way of saying thank you to hundreds of nonprofit organizations that are working alongside us to make our communities stronger.”
Most of the winners in the 150 Days of Giving were local organizations in First Tennessee’s communities in and around Tennessee – 81 nonprofits in West Tennessee, nine in Middle Tennessee and 49 in East Tennessee. There were also four winners in the bank’s Mid-Atlantic region and four national winners.
By the end of the “150 Days of Giving” 1.5 million online votes were tallied and $750,000 was awarded to 150 nonprofits — and that’s on top of the $5 million the First Tennessee Foundation traditionally gives each year to make First Tennessee’s communities stronger.
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