People Helping People Community

The BECU People Helping People community is made up of local nonprofit organizations working in both the greater Seattle and Spokane areas. The purpose of this community page is to foster connections between these organizations and BECU.

This page is private. The URL has been shared only with past PHPA recipient organizations. Do not share this URL or the information contained on this page with any organizations or individuals who are not part of the People Helping People Community of past recipients

Community Members

We have created a document which allows you to learn more about each organization, as well as access pertinent contact information. Each organization is automatically opted in to sharing this information. If you would like to change your organization's information, please contact us at

Fund New Initiatives

Each organization in this community is doing amazing things, and we at BECU want to support that in an ongoing way. Below are multiple ways for past recipients to request additional funding, weigh in on this year's awards, collaborate with each other and learn more about one another.

Ongoing Sponsorship funding: Immediately after receiving an award, each organization is eligible for $2,500 in additional support for the two years following. After the two years, you are eligible for re-nomination and are no longer eligible to receive sponsorship funding.


  • 2014 - PHPA Award
  • 2015 - Up to $2,500 in sponsorship
  • 2016 - Up to $2,500 in sponsorship 
  • 2017 - Eligible for re-application for a PHPA , no longer eligible for sponsorship

Funds must be used in one of two ways: Catalytic funds used for matching to incent donations or to offset fundraising event costs. To request sponsorship for your event, please complete our online giving request form. 

2018 request timeline: Year round, expect a response within 30 days

Eligible Organizations: 2016 and 2017 PHPA recipients

Collaboration Grants: These are grants of up to $10,000 to encourage collaboration between PHPA recipient organizations. We have learned over the years that this type of collaboration is occurring organically, and we want to do more to support it. 

This grant is open to all past PHPA recipients and requires a joint proposal of two or more organizations. For each grant proposal, one organization must be listed as the fiscal agent. This organization will be responsible for ensuring all costs and payments associated with the grant are completed. 

To apply for a collaboration grant, you will need to submit a proposal in response to the RFP document. More information is listed on that document as well as in the Collaboration Grant Guidelines.

Collaboration Grant – Request for Proposal 

2018 Collaboration Grant Guidelines

Submit your proposal to, using the subject line “PHPA Collaboration Grant Submission.”

2018 request timeline: September 10, 2018 – November 2, 2018 11:59 pm PST. Notifications will be sent by November 28, 2018. Grants will be awarded Dec 6, 2018, at the annual PHPA event (organizations do need to be present to receive the grant).
Eligible Organizations: All PHPA recipients

Voting: Help select the recipient of the $30,000 Past PHPA Recipient Choice Award. We ask this community to cast their vote to determine the recipient by reviewing the 18 finalists. In November, we will contact you via email with a voting link- please take a moment to cast your vote.

Awards Ceremony: All organizations in the PHP community are invited to attend the annual event. Our 2018 event will be held on December 6 from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Washington Athletic Club. A formal invitation will be emailed to you this fall.

Re-application eligibility: Past PHPA recipients are eligible to reapply for an award on a 3-year cycle, e.g.,if you received your award in 2016, you are eligible in 2019. There are some limitations: An organization is limited to receive three total PHP awards, and they may only receive one “named award” in their lifetime (Member Volunteer of the Year or a Choice Award).

More information on our People Helping People program can be found at

If you or your organization is a BECU member, make sure to use your BECU card (debit or credit) during the months of August and September. During that time, BECU will donate $0.01 to the PHPA program every time a purchase is made. 

Learn more about this program by visiting

Contact us: Feel free to reach out to us at any time with questions- 206-439-5910 or