Charitable Giving

We're part of your community too! Our employees live and work in the areas we serve, giving us a personal stake in the efforts to improve our communities. FBFC and our employees donate over 15,000 hours and more than $200,000 per year to local nonprofit organizations. The mission of our charitable giving program is to help meet the needs of the communities we serve by supporting nonprofit organizations that improve overall quality of life. We also proudly sponsor events that enhance the vitality of our neighborhoods, celebrate our community's success and support local charities.

Although there are more deserving charitable organizations in our communities than we are able to support, our charitable giving program makes every effort to assist as many as possible. We receive hundreds of requests each year for donations. And we are happy to consider all requests that qualify under the following charitable giving categories:

Education and Job Training

  • Financial management training and education programs
  • After-school tutoring and mentoring programs for underserved youth and young adults
  • Scholarship programs to educational organizations that support students who require financial assistance
  • Job training and vocational programs, including literacy and basic-skills education, for low- to moderate-income adults

Health and Human Care

  • Community health and mental health counseling services
  • Homeless and crisis shelters and services
  • Aid to associations and societies that advance cures and promote health

Civic and Cultural

  • Programs that promote civic engagement
  • Aid to organizations that promote local arts and cultural activities

Guidelines

  • FBFC’s charitable investments are limited to public, nonprofit charitable organizations and agencies that are exempt from federal taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • High priority is placed on donations that benefit low- to moderate-income individuals and communities.
  • Bank contributions are not generally more than $10,000, however, exceptions can be made for certain situations.
  • Increased consideration will be given to entities with low administrative costs, in order to ensure the donated funds are efficiently directed to the parties in need.
  • Requests must be submitted by the 15th business day of each month. Applicants are notified, by phone or by mail, of action taken on requests within 30 days of application deadline. 

Recipient nonprofit organizations must:

  • Serve our geographic areas (10-mile radius of an FBFC branch)
  • Fit within our charitable giving categories (listed above)
  • Demonstrate fiscal and administrative stability
  • Operate as an equal opportunity employer (where applicable)
  • Be governed by a board of directors (where applicable)

Funding exclusions:

  • Organizations without 501(c)(3) status
  • Individuals (exceptions may be made by the Committee)
  • Fraternal or alumni organizations
  • Political Action Committees, political candidates, or causes or organizations attempting to influence legislation
  • Requests for the discretionary, non-specific use of an organization
  • Requests for operating expenses
  • Trips or tours for individuals and groups
  • Talent and beauty contests

Procedures

Organizations should complete the Giving Mission Application, which is available at any of our FBFC branches, or by downloading here. The completed application may be submitted via mail or email to:

FIRST BANK FINANCIAL CENTRE

Attn: Marketing Department
155 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

 

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