NW CUs hit record CU4Kids donation of nearly $1.6M
April 15, 2015
SEATAC, Wash. (4/16/15)--The credit unions of Oregon and Washington stepped up to keep the miracles coming for families in the Northwest United States, donating a record $1,588,493 to Credit Unions for Kids in support of the six regional CMN Hospitals, the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) reported (Anthem April 14).
"The heartfelt work and incredible efforts on behalf of Northwest credit unions make a direct impact in the lives of children right here in our community," said Kira Haller, Seattle Children's Hospital program director. "Last year, Seattle Children's Hospital paid more than $120 million for families who couldn't afford the cost of their care. Thanks to the generosity and dedication of credit unions' employees and members, we can continue to give the best care, find better treatments and research breakthroughs to protect the future of our children."
Jack Fallis, NWCUA board chair and president/CEO Global CU, Spokane, Wash., said that credit unions' generosity is a sign of their values. "Northwest credit unions' record-breaking fundraising for Credit Unions for Kids shows that the 'people helping people' philosophy is truly at the heart of our movement and our industry," he said.
One of the year's Credit Unions for Kids fundraising highlights was the Heroes of Hope gala and auction, which took place alongside the NWCUA's Amplify convention. Credit union leaders from around the Northwest raised more than $200,000 in a single night.
Nationally, credit unions raised a record $10.75 million to support CMN Hospitals through Credit Unions for Kids.
"I would like to thank the credit union movement for supporting this powerful initiative, which helps millions of children in need and creates tremendous awareness for credit unions nationwide," said Jim Nussle, CUNA president/CEO.
The credit union movement has donated more than $140 million to CMN Hospitals since 1996.