Merchants Bank believes in caring and sharing with the people and communities we serve.  We show our support by donating to non-profit organizations, sponsoring community events and volunteering in our communities. By helping our neighbors, we help improve the quality of life for all who live and work here. Requests generally fall into one of four categories (see "Tips to Consider" at the bottom of the page):

  • Donation to a non-profit organization
  • Non-profit fundraiser (event, ad in program/playbill, etc.)
  • Marketing or community event sponsorship
  • Advertising

How to Apply for Donations and Sponsorships:

A.     Request the Donation/Sponsorship Application Form from your local Merchants Bank branch manager, loan officer or financial advisor.  They can email the form to you or you can pick one in person. NOTE:  Applicants who previously submitted requests directly to the Merchants Bank Foundation should now use this form and these guidelines.  Merchants Bank will coordinate internally between the Bank and the Foundation.

B.     Email ONE completed application form to your branch manager, loan officer or financial advisor. Duplicate requests will be discarded. Multiple requests from one organization within a calendar year will be discarded, so please consider the scope and timing of your request.

C.     Every applicant will receive confirmation of approval or denial according to the review frequency noted below. Please consider the amount and timing of your request accordingly. Thank you for your patience while we carefully consider all the requests we receive.

Amount of Request: Application Deadlines: Response Time:
Up to $1,000 On-going review On-going
$1,000 or more On-going review Within 30 days
$2,500 or more On-going review Within 90 days
Major Requests Submit by September 1st, 2014 Will be considered for 2015 budget. Responses by Feb. 2015.
Tips to Consider:

Donations

  • Priority is given to programs supporting low- to- moderate income individuals and families
  • We typically do NOT fund capital campaigns, national charities, special interest or political groups, faith-based organizations, class trips, service clubs, or other foundations
  • Donations can be paid only to qualified, tax-exempt 501c3 non-profit charitable organizations, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, not to individuals

Non-Profit Fundraisers

  • Non-profit fundraising efforts where net proceeds of 75% or more will be used for the programs and services delivered by the non-profit
  • We will consider how the non-profit will benefit
  • We do not host fundraising activities in our branches
  • We do not participate in games of chance such as calcuttas or raffle sales

Marketing and Community Event Sponsorships

  • Non-profit events where net proceeds are less than 75%
  • Community events that may not be for the benefit of a non-profit
  • We will consider how the Bank will benefit from the marketing exposure
  • Marketing sponsorship funds can be paid to organizations that are either for-profit or non-profit
  • We do not participate in games of chance such as calcuttas or raffle sales

How to Apply for Advertising

  • If an ad request is to support a fundraising effort, treat your request as a donation/sponsorship request as described above. (For example, school fundraisers, non-profit program guides, yearbook ads, etc.)
  • If an ad request is from a media outlet seeking to sell ad space to the Bank, the requesting organization should contact the Marketing Department. Please note: we typically do NOT approve ads unless they are already part of our advertising plan. Typically, we do NOT do ads for holiday greetings, visitor guides or commemorative event booklets.