Nominating Process

  • At the start of each quarter, individuals may nominate a nonprofit or 501(c)(3) organization through American Eagle’s website.
  • American Eagle employees, their families, and board members are eligible to submit nominations.
  • An organization only needs to be nominated once for voting consideration.
  • AEFCU will screen each nominee according to the Cash Back to the Community eligibility guidelines and determine the final list of nominees each quarter.
  • All previous Cash Back to the Community donation recipients are excluded from participation.
  • Organizations who receive a sponsorship, donation, or grant of $1,000 or greater, during the same calendar year, are excluded from participation.

Voting Process

  • At the end of the nomination period, qualified nominees will be placed on the ballot for voting through a link on American Eagle’s website, social media, or email.
  • One vote per email address per quarter is permitted.
  • Individuals are encouraged to share the voting link with others.
  • American Eagle employees, their families, and board members are also eligible to vote.
  • At the end of the voting period, the top three vote-getting organizations will receive a donation from American Eagle.
  • In the event of a tie, American Eagle employees will vote to determine the winner.
  • A total of 12 different organizations will receive funds for the year.
  • Based on 2021 projected interchange income of $8 million, we estimate the total amount donated to be $80,000/year, $20,000/quarter, or approximately $6,666 per charity.

Charitable Organization Eligibility Guidelines

  • All previous Cash Back to the Community donation recipients are excluded from participation.
  • Organizations who receive a sponsorship, donation, or grant of $1,000 or greater, during the same calendar year, are excluded from participation.
  • Organization must be not-for-profit and/or a 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Organizations must operate under best practices for governance (e.g., have a board that meets regularly, 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.
  • Schools, houses of worship, and political organizations are not eligible.
  • AEFCU reserves the right to disqualify organizations that support topics likely to give rise to public disagreement.