Why we keep asking.
Years ago, when STCU was invited to provide trinkets at a meeting of business leaders, we wondered, "Do they really need this stuff? Why not give the cash spent on trinkets to a charity that needs it?"
So, instead of buying 300 potato-powered flashlights for a banquet of business people, we asked everyone in the room to vote for a local nonprofit organization they believed deserved the money.*
The idea caught on, and soon dozens of business, education, and civic groups joined us to help spread the love by voting for a favorite "Who do you love?" nonprofit organization that needed support.
We also like to take "Who do you love?" to the community, asking our followers on Facebook and other social media channels to nominate deserving nonprofits who might benefit from an STCU donation.
Over the years, STCU "Who do you love?" donations have gone to dozens of local organizations, including:
- Washington Basset Rescue.
- Higher Ground Animal Sanctuary.
- Embrace Washington.
- Second Harvest Food Bank.
- Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.
- Spokane Humane Society.
- North Idaho Violence Prevention Center.
- Spokane Valley Partners.
- Meals on Wheels.
- Post Falls Food Bank.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Spokane.
As a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by our members, STCU values your voice in our donations process. You help us to make informed decisions that reflect the interests of the community, not just the credit union.
So, who do you love? It's a good question. Let's keep asking.
*Nonprofits do great work, but not all qualify for a "Who do you love?" donation under STCU rules. To qualify, a charity must be a 501(c)(3) organization that benefits our local community. The charity cannot be a religious or politically affiliated nonprofit.