First Federal Bank, First Insurance Group to fund up to $10,000 of ‘Pay it Forward” ideas

| October 10, 2017

DEFIANCE, Ohio—Have an idea to improve the community but not sure how to receive funding? First Federal Bank and First Insurance Group are now accepting submissions for their annual Pay it Forward Day.

On Nov. 15, the bank and agency are scheduled to spend up to $10,000 to fund projects that help spread kindness in local communities. As part of their Pay it Forward Day celebrations, they will also give each employee $10 to perform their own Pay it Forward.

“We believe giving back to the community should be more than just writing a check,” said Donald P. Hileman, CEO and president of First Defiance Financial Corp. “Our Pay it Forward Day allows our teams and others to be directly involved with our commitment to better our communities and to inspire others to make a difference.”

A “Pay It Forward” is a random act of kindness that spurs others to continue the cycle of giving. These acts can be as simple as providing sleeping bags to the homeless, donating school supplies for children in need or helping to start or complete a community project.

Last year, First Federal Bank and First Insurance Group funded Pay it Forward ideas that ranged from purchasing personal care items and toys for foster children to funding young entrepreneurs to revitalize a downtown area. Their employees performed over 600 random acts of kindness.

To submit a Pay it Forward idea or project for consideration, simply fill out the form on the Bank’s website at with your name, contact information and project details. The submission period will run until Nov. 6, 2017. Multiple ideas will be selected to receive funding, which will be distributed on behalf of the recipient or to a non-profit partner. All of the chosen recipients and ideas will be announced on First Federal Bank’s Facebook page at

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF), headquartered in Defiance, Ohio, is the holding company for First Federal Bank of the Midwest, First Insurance Group and Corporate One Benefits. First Federal Bank operates 42 full-service branches and numerous ATM locations in northwest and central Ohio, southeast Michigan and northeast Indiana. First Insurance Group, including its division Corporate One Benefits, is a full-service insurance agency with ten offices throughout northwest Ohio.

Tags: , , , , ,

Category: Business, Community, Local

About the Author ()

Frost Illustrated is Fort Wayne's oldest weekly newspaper. Your Independent Voice in the Community, featuring news & views of African Americans since 1968.

Comments are closed.