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We’re excited about your interest in our Commitment to Community Initiative!

We welcome area organizations with similar and complementary missions to that of the credit union to participate in our Commitment to Community Initiative! Community partnerships can be formed as general partnerships, grant-based partnerships, or a combination of both. Our partnership opportunities are not contractual and withdrawal can be done at any time by contacting the TN Members 1st marketing department at marketing@fcumail.org.

All partnerships are reviewed on a regular basis by the credit union leadership team and Board of Directors. Becoming a community partner with TN Members 1st does not guarantee a specific number or dollar amount of contributions from the credit union to the community partner each year.

We're thankful to partner with various community organizations to spread the 'People Helping People' mission outside of our branch walls and throughout the areas we serve by focusing on education, engagement, and growth opportunities.
  • Education: Providing information and resources from trusted community partners.
  • Engagement: Sharing information about and participating in opportunities to give back to the areas we serve.
  • Growth: Responsibly participating in CDFI grant opportunities to help cultivate a growing, healthy local economy.
General partnerships provide an ongoing opportunity for a referral-style presence on the TN Members 1st Commitment to Community webpage, found at mymembersfirst.org/community, along with regular promotion focused on educational information and engagement opportunities. In addition, community partners are included on the credit union’s list of preferred organizations for planned annual organizational giving.
As a CDFI credit union, TN Members 1st regularly applies for funding in the form of grants with the CDFI Fund to help cultivate a growing, healthy local economy. During this process, potential partners are identified and included in the grant application to strengthen the overall application and increase the chances of securing funding for our community. Our grant-based partners have no formal commitment or obligations if the credit union receives a grant. In the event a grant is funded, grant-based partners would be highlighted in a press release and digital communication opportunities. Grant initiatives and partner needs vary and may not be applicable to all partners during each application cycle. The credit union will provide general information and an application summary draft to assist potential partners in determining their support and inclusion in grant initiatives.

Prospective Community Partners can use this form to share their information and get the conversation started on partnership opportunities with TN Members 1st, while current Community Partners can use this form to update their information at any time. Contact our marketing department for more information about community partnerships and possibilities.

Looking to share information about TN Members 1st with your organization’s team or community? Click the button below for a printable PDF with credit union information including who we are, what we offer, and how to become a member!


General Request Forms

Social Media Submission Requests

Social media promotion is only available for our current community partners. While preference is given to those who have signed up for social media promotions through the annual participation opportunities (starting in 2023), submissions can be provided year-round for consideration. Social media submissions and requests from the general public will not be approved or posted to credit union social media platforms.

Advertising Opportunity and Donation or Sponsorship Requests

You do not need to be a current Community Partner to submit the advertising opportunity and donation or sponsorship request; however, current Community Partners are included on the credit union’s list of preferred organizations for planned annual organizational giving.

Tennessee Members 1st Federal Credit Union is committed to making every effort to further our involvement within the community and its organizations. If you have an advertising opportunity and donation or sponsorship request, please submit the request using the form below in its entirety. TN Members 1st FCU marketing department will be notified and determine if there is the capacity to fulfill your request. A submission does not guarantee a donation/sponsorship request will be fulfilled.

You will be contacted by the marketing department to follow up and confirm or deny your request. Contact marketing@fcumail.org if you have any questions. The credit union reserves the right to consider each donation request on a case-by-case basis, including any past or present relationships with the credit union, and reject any donation/sponsorship submissions at their discretion. The credit union will not consider incomplete requests or requests sent in with less than proper notification. A decision to deny a request does not imply that the applicant’s program is not needed or worthy, but simply that it does not fall within our giving guidelines and priorities, or that funds are not currently available.

Financial Education Event Request

You do not need to be a current Community Partner to make a Financial Education Event request; however, current Community Partners are included on the credit union’s list of preferred organizations for Financial Education Events.

In the event you need to cancel or rescind a request, please email marketing@fcumail.org. Be sure to include all necessary event information so we can properly match the information on file with your request.


Refer Someone to TN Members 1st FCU

Is there someone your organization works with who may be interested in membership with TN Members 1st FCU? Use the form at the button below to refer a member to the credit union. We’ll then have their name and referral information on file to best assist if they choose to come in and complete the membership process. Have more than one referral? You can resubmit the form as often as you need.


Participation/Outreach Opportunities

Throughout the year, TN Members 1st has a number of opportunities for our approved Community Partners to engage in events and activities to share their mission and work with credit union members and the greater community. When those become available, we’ll provide registration forms below.

Annual Participation Opportunities

Each year, a limited number of annual participation opportunities will be available exclusively to our community partners. Every fall, we’ll open up registration, giving all partners an extended period of time to select the opportunities they’d like to participate in.

  • The annual participation form is used to update contact information, verify the continued desire to remain a Community Partner, and sign up for annual participation opportunities.
  • If a current Community Partner does not complete the Annual Participation Form, verifying continued desire to remain a Community Partner, they will be retired as a Community Partner, with any organizational information removed from digital and in branch displays no later than January 5 of the upcoming year.
  • Opportunities are available at no cost to Community Partners. Community Partner participation provides consent for the credit union to take and share photos and videos and provide information to our members and community on the Community Partners we worked with and supported throughout the year.
  • A drawing will take place where demand exceeds availability.
  • After the last business day in November, annual participation opportunities for the upcoming year are available on a first-come, first-served basis. TN Members 1st FCU will keep an updated list of available opportunities on the Community Hub page of our website.
2022 Timeline:

October 3, 2022: Registration opens at 8:00 am EST

October 31, 2022: Registration closes at 5:00 pm EST

November 7, 2022: Community Partners will be notified on or before this date regarding the opportunities they received for the 2023 year.

Annual Participation Opportunity Details

Promote your organization at one of our branch locations with a staffed table! Set up your table as needed, whether it’s a tabletop display, interactive, or freestanding, the only limitation is your imagination! Share information about your organization, provide giveaways, or hold a door prize drawing, no matter how you choose to promote your organization, this is a great time to get in front of the TN Members 1st FCU membership and community. Community Partners will work with the TN Members 1st FCU marketing department to schedule a day and time that best fits schedules and branch traffic patterns.

Opportunity Details:

Total number available:
  • 6 per year, limit 2 per Community Partner.
Cost:
  • $0 - no funds are required by TN Members 1st FCU to participate in this opportunity.
2023 Deadlines: 
  • February - Specific date must be scheduled by January 31, 2023.
  • April - Specific date must be scheduled by March 31, 2023.
  • June - Specific date must be scheduled by May 31, 2023.
  • July - Specific date must be scheduled by June 30, 2023.
  • August - Specific date must be scheduled by July 31, 2023.
  • October - Specific date must be scheduled by September 29, 2023.
Locations available:
  • Oak Ridge Branch, 112 Administration Rd, Oak Ridge TN 37830
  • Knoxville Branch, 112 MarketPlace Blvd, Knoxville TN 37922
Limitations:
  • 2-hour max time frame during posted branch lobby hours.
  • The table must be staffed with an employee or volunteer of the Community Partner.
  • A TN Members 1st FCU marketing staff member will be on-site during your promotional table time but will not be responsible for any setup or tear down of your materials.
  • Any drawings, giveaways, raffles, etc. are the sole responsibility of the Community Partner and TN Members 1st FCU will not make announcements, collect information, or reach out to winners on behalf of Community Partners. There is no requirement to provide drawings, giveaways, raffles, etc.
  • Please note, no electricity will be provided and all table displays should be appropriate for all ages.
  • Community Partners who take advantage of this opportunity cannot explicitly ask for fundraising dollars but can inform of or provide information related to an event or activity that is taking place to benefit the organization.
Participation and outreach opportunities are currently only available for approved Community Partners. Requests and submissions from the general public will not be approved
Send a promotional eBlast to our list of roughly 2,000 member emails. Community Partners will work with the TN Members 1st FCU marketing department to schedule a day that best fits the eBlast schedules of each organization.

Opportunity Details:

Total number available:
  • 4 per year, limit 1 per Community Partner.
Cost:
  • $0 - no funds are required by TN Members 1st FCU to participate in this opportunity.
General Reach:
  • 1,650 email addresses
2023 Deadlines: 
  • April eBlast - Specific date must be scheduled by March 23, 2023, and content must be received no later than 7 business days before the preferred send date.
  • July eBlast - Specific date must be scheduled by June 22, 2023, and content must be received no later than 7 business days before the preferred send date.
  • September eBlast - Specific date must be scheduled by August 23, 2023, and content must be received no later than 7 business days before the preferred send date.
  • November eBlast - Specific date must be scheduled by October 23, 2023, and content must be received no later than 7 business days before the preferred send date.
Community Partner Must Provide:
  • Information should be provided in a way that allows 'as is' creation of the eBlast in the TN Members 1st FCU Constant Contact email system. The credit union will not create, search for, or request additional information in order to successfully create an eBlast. Acceptable formats include:
    • Copy and images sent via email that can be input to the Constant Contact system to email as-is.
    • PDF flyer that can be uploaded and emailed as-is.
    • HTML custom code that can be input to the Constant Contact system to email as-is.
  • URL links to desired landing page(s) for eBlast content.
  • Desired email subject line.
Credit Union Will Provide:
  • List size - will be provided to the Community Partner when a specific date is scheduled (to ensure the best accuracy).
  • Email results report - will be provided to the Community Partner via email 7 business days after the promotional eBlast send date.
Limitations:
  • eBlast content requires TN Members 1st FCU approval before sending to our membership email addresses.
  • eBlast will explicitly state the email communication is 'Shared on behalf of our Community Partner..."
  • TN Members 1st FCU will not share or assist in facilitating any drawings, giveaways, raffles, etc. Post content must focus on your organization as a whole or an upcoming event or activity.
  • Community Partners who take advantage of this opportunity cannot explicitly ask for fundraising dollars but can inform of or provide information related to an event or activity that is taking place to benefit the organization.
Participation and outreach opportunities are currently only available for approved Community Partners. Requests and submissions from the general public will not be approved
Share information about your organization, upcoming events, or activities with a printed statement insert included with our monthly statement mailings! Print and ship deadlines apply, and postage to our statement distributor is the responsibility of the Community Partner.

Opportunity Details:

Total number available:
  • 4 per year, limit 1 per Community Partner.
Cost:
  • No funds are required by TN Members 1st FCU to participate in this opportunity; however, printing and shipping to our statement distributor is the responsibility of the Community Partner.
General Reach:
  • 2,100 printed statements.
2023 Deadlines: 
  • Members receive in February - Materials must be dropshipped and received by our statement distributor by January 16, 2023.
  • Members receive in June - Materials must be dropshipped and received by our statement distributor by May 15, 2023.
  • Members receive in August - Materials must be dropshipped and received by our statement distributor by July 17, 2023.
  • Members receive in October - Materials must be dropshipped and received by our statement distributor by September 15, 2023.
Community Partner Must Provide:
  • Digital copy of the desired statement insert to TN Members 1st FCU marketing department for approval BEFORE sending to statement distributor.
Credit Union Will Provide:
  • Shipping instructions for dropshipping insert to statement distributor.
Limitations:
  • TN Members 1st will not create inserts for the Community Partner.
  • The insert must: fit in a #10 envelope (measuring 4 1/8" by 9 1/2), and be a single page (can be double-sided).
  • TN Members 1st FCU will not share or assist in facilitating any drawings, giveaways, raffles, etc. Insert content must focus on your organization as a whole or an upcoming event or activity.
  • Community Partners who take advantage of this opportunity cannot explicitly ask for fundraising dollars but can inform of or provide information related to an event or activity that is taking place to benefit the organization.
Participation and outreach opportunities are currently only available for approved Community Partners. Requests and submissions from the general public will not be approved
Share information about your organization, upcoming events, or activities with a digital promotional banner in our eStatement notification email!

Opportunity Details:

Total number available:
  • 9 per year, limit 2 per Community Partner.
Cost:
  • No funds are required by TN Members 1st FCU to participate in this opportunity.
Size:
  • 600X250
General Reach:
  • 1,300 eStatements
2023 Deadlines: 
  • Members receive in February - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by January 16, 2023.
  • Members receive in April - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by March 17, 2023.
  • Members receive in May - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by April 17, 2023.
  • Members receive in June - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by May 15, 2023.
  • Members receive in July - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by June 16, 2023.
  • Members receive in August - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by July 17, 2023.
  • Members receive in September - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by August 16, 2023.
  • Members receive in October - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by September 15, 2023.
  • Members receive in November - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by October 16, 2023.
Community Partner Must Provide:
  • Information should be provided in a way that allows 'as is' creation of the banner in the TN Members 1st FCU eStatement notification. TN Members 1st FCU will not create, search for, or request additional information in order to successfully create a banner. Acceptable formats include:
    • PNG
    • JPEG
    • EPS
  • URL links to desired landing page(s) for banner content.
Limitations:
  • Banner content requires TN Members 1st FCU approval before sending to our membership eStatement notification addresses.
  • Any drawings, giveaways, raffles, etc. are the sole responsibility of the Community Partner and TN Members 1st FCU will not make announcements, collect information, or reach out to winners on behalf of Community Partners. There is no requirement to provide drawings, giveaways, raffles, etc.
  • Community Partners who take advantage of this opportunity cannot explicitly ask for fundraising dollars but can inform of or provide information related to an event or activity that is taking place to benefit the organization.
Participation and outreach opportunities are currently only available for approved Community Partners. Requests and submissions from the general public will not be approved
Invite the TN Members 1st FCU marketing department to your organization to share information about who we are as a credit union, what makes the credit union different than your typical bank, and share information about financial education and wellness. While the credit union may hold other community-focused financial education events throughout the year, this is an opportunity to have our team spend time dedicated to questions and financial education and wellness opportunities specific to the community your organization serves.

Opportunity Details:

Total number available:
  • 4 per year, limit 1 per Community Partner.
Cost:
  • No funds are required by TN Members 1st FCU to participate in this opportunity.
General Reach:
  • Determined by how many individuals the Community Partner invites to the Financial Education event
2023 Deadlines: 
  • Event occurs in February - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by January 16, 2023.
  • Event occurs in April - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by March 17, 2023.
  • Event occurs in May - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by April 17, 2023.
  • Event occurs in June - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by May 15, 2023.
  • Event occurs in July - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by June 16, 2023.
  • Event occurs in August - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by July 17, 2023.
  • Event occurs in September - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by August 16, 2023.
  • Event occurs in October - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by September 15, 2023.
  • Members receive in November - Materials must be received by TN Members 1st marketing department by October 16, 2023.
Community Partner Must Provide:
  • A completed Financial Education Event Request form.
Limitations:
  • TN Members 1st FCU marketing department are not certified financial counselors. The Community Partner acknowledges and confirms that they are inviting the TN Members 1st FCU marketing department to share generalized information. Information specific to individual financial needs will not be provided.
  • TN Members 1st FCU marketing department works closely with GreenPath, our financial education and wellness partner, and Mycreditunion.gov, an official information website of the NCUA, when scheduling and coordinating community financial education events.
Participation and outreach opportunities are currently only available for approved Community Partners. Requests and submissions from the general public will not be approved
Share information about your organization, upcoming events, or activities with a social media post! While the credit union will share other community-focused social media posts throughout the year, signing up for the Social Media Spotlight ensures there are no competing community-focused or Community Partner posts for three (3) days prior and three (3) days after your organization's Social Media Spotlight.

Opportunity Details:

Total number available:
  • 36 per year, limit 2 per Community Partner.
Cost:
  • No funds are required by TN Members 1st FCU to participate in this opportunity.
Size:
  • Please format any photos or graphic content for Instagram (1080 X 1080).
2023 Deadlines: 
  • A completed Social Media Submission request form must be received 7 business days prior to the desired social media share date.
Community Partner Must Provide:
  • Completed Social Media Submission request form.
  • Information should be provided in a way that allows 'as is' posting where the credit union does not need to create, search for, or request additional information in order to successfully post to social media platforms. If an image is not provided, your organization's logo will be used.
Credit Union Will Provide:
  • Post engagement report - will be provided to the Community Partner via email 7 business days after the Social Media Spotlight post date.
Limitations:
  • Social media content requires TN Members 1st FCU approval before posting to our social media account(s).
  • Social media post will explicitly state the post communication is 'Shared on behalf of our Community Partner..."
  • TN Members 1st FCU will not share or assist in facilitating any drawings, giveaways, raffles, etc. Post content must focus on your organization as a whole or an upcoming event or activity.
  • TN Members 1st FCU will not utilize boosted posts for Community Partners.
  • Community Partners who take advantage of this opportunity cannot explicitly ask for fundraising dollars but can inform of or provide information related to an event or activity that is taking place to benefit the organization.
Participation and outreach opportunities are currently only available for approved Community Partners. Requests and submissions from the general public will not be approved

Participation and outreach opportunities are currently only available for approved Community Partners. Requests and submissions from the general public will not be approved. TN Members 1st FCU reserves the right to change and/or update deadlines as necessary to meet print, ship, and delivery needs.

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