Nearly 40 nonprofits in the Tri-Cities area have entered the 25 Years of Giving video contest, in which a total of $250,000 in grant funds is up for grabs.
The grants will be awarded based on an organization’s involvement in arts and culture; education and leadership; the environment; financial literacy; or health and human services. The public is invited to participate in the selection process by voting online throughout the next week.
25 Years of Giving
First Tennessee established a private charitable foundation, the First Horizon Foundation, in 1993 to support nonprofits in the communities it serves, according to its website. Since its inception, the foundation has donated more than $80 million to various community causes.
Now, 25 years later, the foundation is awarding grants of varying amounts to nonprofits throughout the South. To qualify, the organizations submitted videos detailing the work they do in the community and explaining how they plan to use the grant funds.
Below is a list of nonprofits in the Tri-Cities region that are participating in the contest.
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
• Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport
• Girls Inc. of Kingsport
• Hope House
• Kingsport Child Development Center
• Literacy Council of Kingsport
• Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center
• Of One Accord Inc.
• Salvation Army of Greater Kingsport
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee
• Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center Inc.
• Sons and Daughters of Douglass Alumni Inc.
• Arts Alliance Mountain Empire
• Believe in Bristol
• Branch House Family Center
• Bristol’s Promise
• Children’s Advocacy Center
• Friends of Steele Creek Nature Center and Park
• Girls Inc. of Bristol
• Morrison School
• Speedway Children’s Charities
• Theatre Bristol
• YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia
Johnson City area
• Appalachia Service Project
• Brother’s Keeper
• Catholic Charities of East Tennessee
• Change Is Possible (CHIPS) Family Violence Shelter
• Coalition for Kids Inc.
• Dawn of Hope
• Frontier Health
• Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, Inc.
• Heritage Alliance
• International Storytelling Center
• Langston Education and Arts Development, Inc.
• Legal Aid of East Tennessee
• Rotary Foundation of Johnson City
How to vote
To cast your vote, visit www.firsttennesseefoundation.com and click on the “East/Northeast Tennessee” link. From there, voters can view any or all of the videos and select their favorite.
According to the foundation website, “You can vote on multiple videos per day but cannot vote on the same video twice in a day. … The top 30 videos will advance to the next level to be reviewed by our panel of judges. Twenty-five organizations will receive anniversary tribute grants in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, for a total of $250,000.”
Voting ends Friday, Aug. 31, and winners will be announced Oct. 1.
For more information, visit www.firsttennesseefoundation.com.