How to Nominate an Organization

Please note these guidelines to nominate an organization:

  • Organization must be a nonprofit and/or a 501(c)(3) headquartered in Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven, or Tolland County in Connecticut or Hampden County in Massachusetts.
  • Organization must operate under best practices for governance (e.g., hold regular board meetings, provide financial oversight of the organization, etc.).
  • Board of directors and staff are representative of the racial/ethnic diversity of the region served.
  • Organization must not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected classes as required by law.
  • Results are outcomes that last, not just annual activities and one-time events.
  • Organizations or causes should positively and directly impact our community versus large, national organizations.
  • At least 75% of the organization’s expenses should be spent directly on their programs.
  • AEFCU reserves the right to disqualify organizations that support topics likely to give rise to public controversy or disagreement.

*Interchange income is a fee paid for card-based transactions. Three donations are distributed collectively at the end of each quarter for a total of 12 donations annually. Funds are divided evenly among the top three winners determined by number of votes. In the event of a tie, AEFCU employees will vote. Organizations can win once through this program. Participants can nominate one organization and vote once per quarter.