December is a popular time for giving. This time of year, we tend to become more aware of those in need, and it’s a great time to reflect on how we give to our communities year-round.
As an employee of CUNA Mutual Group, I am proud and humbled by the generosity of the people I work with every day, and I’m proud of the company I work for. Time and time again, I see that when we lift others up, we lift ourselves up.
Our company has a long history of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate giving —we recently celebrated 50 years of the CUNA Mutual Group Foundation—and one thing we’ve learned is the needs of yesterday aren’t necessarily the needs of tomorrow. We need to shift.
Over the past three years, our organization has increased its focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. By filtering our work through this lens, we’ve seen positive—and often unexpected—outcomes. The same is true for CSR and how we serve the non-profit community.
Our purpose is to help people achieve financial security. But without access to the basics like food, affordable housing, and educational opportunities, people can’t feel financially secure.
If we are to live our purpose, we must elevate people in our communities to a place where they can achieve and maintain financial security—and we can do that by partnering with organizations that help people access those basic needs and build skills to create stability.
Being more intentional with our charitable efforts and ensuring a better financial future is accessible to everyone can be beneficial—not only for the organizations that receive our support, but also for our community, and for us.
Here are a few advantages we’ve seen from more purposeful giving:
Sometimes, one drop creates a ripple that is felt far and wide. Credit unions know this well, being among the first to make financial resources—and hope—accessible and available to all people in their communities.
Could a small but intentional shift in your philanthropic efforts help you reap unexpected rewards as well? It’s worth taking a look.
When we all play our part in building strong communities, everyone can thrive.