BECU C.A.R.E.S. (Committed, Active, Responsible, Engaged, Staff), a program supported by BECU Leadership and our Cooperative Affairs team, supports just such giving. BECU C.A.R.E.S rewards our employees’ passions and community commitments by creating and supporting employee volunteer opportunities, community impact giving, and recognition of outreach efforts.
Founded in 1935, BECU has long been committed to our credit union philosophy of “people helping people.” This philosophy goes hand-in-hand with another core operating principle of social responsibility. By focusing in the areas of community giving and support, BECU hopes to spur financial empowerment in all individuals. This couldn't be done without the strong support of employee involvement. BECU C.A.R.E.S. works to encourage giving, active volunteering, and provide the tools for our employees to come together for a cause.
BECU C.A.R.E.S. Gift Match Program
BECU matches up to $5,000 a year, per employee, for donations made to qualifying nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. We also have a generous matching program for our retirees and Board Members.
Our matching program is for BECU employees only; we are unable to match gifts for our members.
BECU C.A.R.E.S. Employee Volunteer Recognition Program
Designed to encourage and promote employee volunteerism, the program tracks employee volunteer hours done outside of working hours. BECU then provides support for volunteer efforts: donations to the organization and a special recognition event. Employees can earn up to $200 annually for their favorite nonprofit by volunteering.
BECU C.A.R.E.S. Employee Volunteer Team Program
A special support program for employees who gather coworkers (minimum 10) to participate in a special fundraising event, or volunteer effort for a cause. BECU provides shirts for the team, funding for snacks and fundraising assistance, as well as other team items. Once there are 10 employee participants, BECU also donates a minimum of $250 to the charity on behalf of the team.
BECU Community Time Off
Encouraging our employees to volunteer during working hours is also important to us! Each full-time BECU employee receives 12 hours annually to follow their volunteer passion during their normal work day (part-time employees receive 6 hours).