How did nonprofits use BECU’s grants during COVID-19?
Serving over 30,000 students annually in Eastern Washington, Community Colleges of Spokane helped meet a 200% increase in student emergency requests for basics like rent and simple, refurbished laptops to continue schooling through the 2020 spring quarter.
Freedom Project provided nearly 400 facemasks—hand-sewn by a community member—in addition to food supplies and housing resources, as the nonprofit worked to dismantle the institution of mass incarceration and heal its traumatic effects on our community.
Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP) is one of Spokane County’s largest private human-services agencies and assisted more clients and purchased technology so staff could serve more low-income individuals.
To amplify support of nonprofit organizations impacted by COVID-19, BECU matched employee donations at 2:1 in May. As a result, more than 220 BECU employees raised $280,750 for 350+ nonprofits.
Compassion for Community
BECU's community relief programs addressed the right-now needs experienced by many small businesses and post-secondary students. In total, BECU pledged $620,000 in philanthropic giving to the following COVID-19 relief funds, which then dispersed aid to smaller nonprofit organizations:
Partnering to Care
The BECU Foundation and Washington State Department of Commerce partnered for the CARES ACT Project, distributing $2 million to local nonprofits that work directly to support a diverse group of small businesses across the state.
The BECU Foundation partnered with Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth for the Momentum Grants Program. This program benefited the small businesses most devastated by the pandemic. After a thorough review, the following organizations were awarded grants of up to $50,000 to upgrade technology or assist micro-to-medium-sized enterprises:
We celebrated our third year of a funding partnership with Seattle Promise, a program to boost future incomes for individuals and build a more equitable future. Through the Seattle Colleges Foundation, Seattle Promise provides students with financial support and ongoing college and career guidance when enrolling in North Seattle College, Central Seattle College or South Seattle College. BECU signed the agreement in 2019, helping kick-off fundraising efforts to support the Promise Endowment, ensuring the fund’s longevity.