Help Promote People Helping People
Your support makes it possible for the Foundation to proudly promote the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People” to obtain financial independence by supporting financial literacy and educational initiatives, small credit union assistance, professional development of credit union staff and volunteers and disaster relief support for credit union communities. Learn more about how you can support the Foundation:
Donations for any of the below campaigns, or to be made generally to the Foundation, can be made by clicking the blue “Donate” button below.
The support from our credit unions and partner network in New Jersey and Pennsylvania is the bedrock of the funding for the Foundation. This support is a visible endorsement of our credit unions and others to support the entire network. The campaign kicks off during Financial Literacy Month in April and we hope all credit unions and partners will consider making a donation to show full support of People Helping People in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Leaders in Financial Literacy Awards
The Leaders in Financial Literacy Awards recognize and honor credit unions and organizations for excellence in the advancement of financial literacy. Award winners are honored during the CrossState Credit Union Association’s annual convention. Each of the four award winners receive a display award, and grant of $2,500 in support of their financial literacy efforts. The awards are available to all credit unions and other nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for projects initiated, conducted, or ongoing during the previous calendar year.
- Presenting Sponsor – $5,000 Contribution
- Platinum Sponsor – $2,500 Contribution
- Gold Sponsor – $1,000 Contribution
- Silver Sponsor – $500 Contribution
- Bronze Sponsor – $250 Contribution
- Patron Contributions – up to $250
Spring Convention: Basket Raffle & Wine, Lose, or Draw Event
Held during the CrossState Credit Union Association’s annual convention in May, these events provide an opportunity to support the Foundation. Raffle baskets are donated by credit unions and represent the unique part of their region. There is also a Wine, Lose, and Draw event for those who like to take a chance.
Fall Leadership Conference: Viva Las Vegas Nite and Cornhole Tournament
The Foundation’s Viva Las Vegas Nite is held during the CrossState Credit Union Association’s Fall Leadership Conference at Seven Springs in September. This Monte Carlo-style event is a fun way for the conference attendees to network while raising funds for the Foundation. Sponsorship packages include admission to the event, vouchers, and recognition in the Guide.
The Cornhole Tournament is an addition to the evening for those who have a competitive streak and want some exercise.
WalletPalooza: Gift or ReGift
Who hasn’t dreamed of finding a wallet stuffed with goodies and secretly wanted to keep it? Well now you can have a chance to do just that and support the Foundation at the same time! During the fall, the Foundation sells tickets for a chance to win one of two wallets stuffed with cash, gift cards, gift certificates, lottery tickets, and more to splurge on yourself or your loved ones, just in time for the holidays. The 2021 wallet’s contents each had a value of over $1,000. You can also help by donating an item for us to include in our two stuffed wallets. Your credit union, chapter, or business will be recognized over a period of six weeks to people in our network across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. WalletPalooza will be linked through the Foundation’s website and regularly promoted through social media, targeted email marketing and CrossState Daily, which has a circulation of over 3,000.
WalletPalooza tickets will be available for sale beginning on October 7, 2022.
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Credit Union and Chapters Participation
We hope that credit unions, staff, members, and chapters will join us in supporting these critical programs for our network. Credit union staff and volunteers are our champions for financial literacy and for educating people about the importance of credit unions in our communities. There are many ways to help raise funds for the Foundation: hold a raffle, auction, bake sale, or jeans day. Challenge another credit union to a competition to double the fun. Host sporting tournaments such as golf, cornhole, or bowling, sell raffle tickets at chapter meetings, and so much more. Get creative and have fun while supporting the Foundation. Events that credit unions and chapters can participate in with the Foundation are:
December Cash Calendar: this fundraiser sells calendars for $15 each and each weekday in December, you’ll have a chance to win a cash prize based on your calendar’s number matching the PA Afternoon Daily number. A total of $3,600 in cash prizes are available. You can buy your Cash Calendar below.
Financial Fitness Day: Financial Fitness Day is dedicated to helping members get their financial health in shape. Participate in Financial Fitness Day and raise funds for the Foundation in support of financial education initiatives and raise awareness of the importance of financial education. To participate, simply hold a Jeans or Casual Day fundraiser for staff at your credit union on Financial Fitness Day (1st Wednesday in April).
CU GiveBack – Employee Contribution Program: this program allows credit union employees and volunteers to donate a set amount each week, month, quarter, or year to advance credit unions and support financial education. Donations are sent by your credit union to the Foundation. The Foundation’s staff will maintain all records on behalf of your credit union. Please consider offering this giving opportunity to your credit union’s employees.
You can make a gift in honor of or in memory of someone to the CrossState Credit Union Foundation. It can be to recognize credit union leaders, staff, volunteers, and others, Donations are used to help credit unions in need, to provide personal finance education, and to help the credit union movement grow
Do-It-Yourself events are a great way for credit unions to encourage staff and members to support the Foundation. Hold a raffle, auction, bake sale, flip flop, or jeans day. Challenge another credit union to a competition to double the fun.
Community Investment Fund (CIF) and Charitable Donation Account (CDA)
Through credit unions’ impact investing, the Community Investment Fund (CIF) has generated millions of dollars to fund and support local and national financial literacy, development and scholarship initiatives. Started in 1999, the CIF was designed to leverage the interdependence of the credit union system for the greater good. It provides credit unions the opportunity to donate a portion of the dividends earned on certain investments to the National Credit Union Foundation and state credit union foundations, including the CrossState Credit Union Foundation. When you invest in CIF, your credit union, the Foundation, and the National Credit Union Foundation each receive a portion of CIF earnings.
A Charitable Donation Account provides expanded investment powers to help fund the charitable giving of credit unions. A minimum of 51% of the total return of a CDA must be distributed within five years to qualified charities, including the Foundation. The CDA’s total value cannot exceed 5% of the credit union’s net worth.
CU GiveBack – Employee Contribution Program
CU GiveBack allows credit union employees and volunteers to donate a set amount each week, month, quarter, or year to advance credit unions and support financial education. Donations are sent by your credit union to the Foundation. The Foundation staff will maintain all records on behalf of your credit union. Please consider offering this giving opportunity to your credit union’s employees.
The CrossState Credit Union Foundation established Honor and Memorial Donation Programs to help recognize credit union leaders and others, while supporting the work of the Foundation. Donations are used to help credit unions in need, to provide personal finance education, and to help the credit union movement grow. Honor Donations may be made to the Foundation in the name of the recipient in recognition of a retirement, birthday, holiday, or simply in appreciation of a job well done. The Foundation will send an attractive greeting card to the person being honored. Sample card styles are available on request, and the amount of the donation will not be disclosed to the recipient. Memorial donations are another unique and thoughtful way to remember family and friends, while supporting the work of the Foundation. To recognize your gift, an acknowledgement card identifying you as the donor will be sent to whomever you designate. Samples of the card styles are available and can be personalized upon request. The amount of your gift will not be disclosed to the recipient. For either tribute, if you would like to present the card yourself simply contact the Foundation.
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The official registration and financial information of the CrossState Credit Union Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free in Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.