Local nonprofits seek 150 Days of Giving online votes
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
Jun 29, 2014 | 686 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
First Tennessee Foundation’s 150 Days of Giving will continue to award $5,000 every day to eligible nonprofits through Aug. 21.

The statewide opportunity is a giant thank-you from the longstanding bank to the public for 150 years of business and support. A total of $750,000 will be given out by the end date. Eligible nonprofits are those who have been supported by First Tennessee through a direct grant or matching grant made by an employee.

Recipients are determined through online voting at 150daysofgiving.com. Anyone with an Internet connection can vote from an electronic device like a computer, laptop, cell phone or tablet. The organization with the highest cumulative number of votes receives the day’s $5,000 award.

Fifteen organizations from the Cleveland and Bradley County area were included in the list. Cleveland State Community College Foundation, Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland received the first three awards of the competition. There are still 12 organizations who could benefit from the local body’s voting strength.

- United Way of Bradley County

- Boy Scouts of America (Cherokee Area Council)

- Lee University

- 100 Black Men of Bradley County Inc.

- Cleveland Family YMCA

- Cleveland Bradley Chamber Foundation

- Bradley Cleveland Public Education Foundation

- Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland

- Museum Center at Five Points

- Bradley Initiative for Church and Community

- Tri-Sate Exhibition Center

- Foundation for Cleveland Public Library

- Cleveland Rotary Foundation

Cleveland Bradley County Public Library director Andrew Hunt said the money could be used to reimburse the library for extra projects. He listed landscaping in the children’s room, purchasing a larger 3D printer for community use and enclosing the teen with glass windows area to cut down on noise as possibilities.

He suggested supporters and patrons make a concerted effort to vote for the library on July 3. The surge in votes might be what it takes to win the next day’s award money.

“It could be a wonderful opportunity for the library to get this grant,” Hunt said. “It provides extra money, beyond our normal operating budget.”

Allen Mincey, the president of communications at the United Way of Bradley County, shared similar sentiments.

He said the nonprofit does not have a specific plan for the possible award money as of yet. However, the money will most likely go toward a community partner.

“So, if we receive the $5,000 and say we devoted it to Impact Cleveland, that could make a big difference on any kind of program they have,” Mincey said. “Or, it could help to start something new in the [Blythe] community.”

He said the money might not seem a lot to an organization with a $2 million budget, but many local nonprofits could stretch the $5,000 award.

Added Mincey, “Wouldn’t it be great if every organization that is affiliated with our community would receive $5,000?”

Votes can be cast at 150daysofgiving.com.

Personal information does not have to be disclosed. Ten votes can be cast from each electronic device. Each organization can only receive one vote per device.

A complete list of rules are available on the website.