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. (If your looking for CrossState Association sponsorship opportunities, click here). Learn more about how you can support the Foundation:
Credit Union Campaign
The Credit Union Campaign is one of the most successful revenue-generating campaigns of the Foundation’s year. Mail, e-mail, phone, and in-person requests are made to credit unions, the Association and its affiliates by board members. The campaign begins in mid-March.
Spring Raffle/Online Auction
Held during the CrossState Credit Union Association Annual Convention in May, this event provides the opportunity for credit unions to donate pieces representing their unique part of their state for display at the convention and/or on our online website during the conference, as well as online on the Foundation’s Facebook page in the weeks leading up to the exhibit. The items are then auctioned on the final day of the conference.
Auction items are currently open for bidding.
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
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 2020 wallets’ contents each had a value of over $1,100! You can also help by donating an item for us to include in our two stuffed wallets. Your credit union, chapter or business’s name and logo will be prominently displayed with your item’s listing, which will be viewed over a period of six weeks by people across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 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.
2020’s WalletPalooza season is now over. You can purchase WalletPalooza tickets beginning in October of 2021.
December Cash Calendars
The December Cash Calendar fundraiser was new to the Foundation in 2020. Here’s how it works:
- Buy a calendar for just $15
- Calendars are only available until November 30 or until all 1,000 calendars sell out – whichever comes first.
- For each weekday in December, you’ll have a chance to win a cash prize based on your calendar’s number matching the PA Evening Pick 4 number in any order.
- A total of $3,600 in cash prizes are available, and the best part is, if you win – your name will be re-entered into the drawing, so you can keep on winning!
- Each day’s winning number will be the Pennsylvania Daily Pick 4 Day.
Contact Kathleen Fey at email@example.com with any questions.
2020’s December Cash Calendar season is now over. Calendars will be available for purchase again in October of 2021.
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 Vendor Campaign is a request for support from credit union vendors and is made by the Foundation’s board members through a mailing directly from the board member’s credit union. This campaign also provides information to the vendor on activities they can undertake with the credit union and with the Foundation, such as Financial Reality Fairs and financial education activities.
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.
Chapter & Emerging Leader Fundraisers
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. Chapters and the Emerging Leaders have a fundraising advantage over individual credit unions … remember, we’re better together! In addition to the DIY ideas above, chapters can host sporting tournaments such as golf, cornhole tourneys, or bowling, sell raffle tickets at chapter meetings, and so much more. Get creative and have fun while supporting the Foundation.
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.
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.
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Foundation every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, please select the CrossState Credit Union Foundation to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
Viva Las Vegas Sponsorship & Special Event
The Foundation’s Viva Las Vegas event is held during the CrossState Credit Union Association’s Fall Leadership Conference at Seven Springs in early September. This Monte Carlo-style event is a fun way for the conference attendees to network while raising funds for the Foundation. A gaming rules guide book, supported by sponsorships from credit union and vendors, is prepared for the event. Following the conference, this booklet is mailed to each credit union and many vendors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, increasing exposure for our sponsors. Sponsorship packages include admission to the event, gaming vouchers, and recognition in the Guide. All proceeds from sponsorships benefit the CrossState Credit Union Foundation.
- Gold Sponsor, (Full page, 4 Play Money Packs)– $1,100
- Silver Sponsor, (Half page (vertical or horizontal), 2 Play Money Packs) – $650
- Bronze Sponsor, (Quarter page (vertical only), 1 Play Money Pack) – $350
The most direct way to provide support through the Foundation is through grant sponsorship. The Foundation’s primary purpose in raising funds is to assist small credit unions, advance financial capability, promote professional development, and provide disaster relief. Your sponsorship of one of the five grant categories will ensure that your donation is used for the type of grant closest to your heart. The four categories are Small Credit Union Assistance, CDFI Assistance, Financial Literacy, Professional Development, or Disaster Relief.
Financial Fitness Day
Americans spend months getting their physical health into shape as part of their New Year’s resolutions. 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 credit unions’ financial education activities and 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).
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.