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.

The term "sponsorship" can mean so many things. Regardless of what it's called, we find that requests generally fall into one of these categories (see "Guidelines" at the bottom of this page):

  • Donation to a non-profit organization
  • Non-profit fundraiser/sponsorship
  • Community event sponsorship

HOW TO APPLY: Contact your local Merchants Bank office to request our Donation/Sponsorship Application Form. We can email the form to you or you can pick one up in person. Additional instructions will be on the application form. Our review schedule is as follows:

Amount of Request: Application Deadlines: Response Time:
Up to $1,000 On-going review On-going
More than $1,000 On-going review Typically within 60 days
$2,500 or more On-going review Typically within 90 days
Major Requests Submit by September 1st, 2015 Will be considered for 2016 budget. Decisions expected by February 2016.

Here are a few tips to help you understand how we evaluate your request. We typically do not fund capital campaigns, national charities, special interest or political groups, faith-based organizations, class trips, service clubs, or other foundations. Thank you for understanding that we are not able to host fundraising activities in our branches. We do not participate in or sponsor games of chance such as a Calcutta or raffle where people pay for a chance to win something.

Donations - Our donations tend to focus on programs supporting low- to moderate-income individuals and families. Donations can be made only to qualified, tax-exempt 501c3 charitable organizations, not to individuals. It's okay to get a little thank-you ad, or a mention on your materials, but primarily we want to see that the money goes to direct service in support of your mission.

Non-Profit Fundraisers/Sponsorships - This includes things like walk-a-thons, playbill ads, yearbook ads, etc. that benefit a non-profit. There are often several levels of sponsorship support the non-profit would like us to consider. Non-profit sponsorships can be made only to qualified, tax-exempt 501c3 charitable organizations, not to individuals.

Community Events/Sponsorships - There are many exciting activties that help make our community such a great place to live, work, and play that are NOT fundraisers to benefit a non-profit. For example, music festivals, food festivals, sports teams, etc. When funding a community event sponsorship, we will give priority consideration to how well the partnership helps both of our organizations and helps enrich our community.

If your inquiry is specifically about advertising, please contact the Marketing Department.