As a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative credit union, BECU is rooted in basic principles; principles devoted to giving back: people helping people, members first, social responsibility, and community concern. These values are designed to both honor and support our members and our communities.
Member Inspired Giving Programs
People Helping People Awards
80 years have passed since our founders started BECU with the directive of “people helping people”: In today's 21st century, we work to continue this mission. We are encouraged by the work done by BECU members and nonprofit organizations throughout Western Washington, Spokane and Charleston South Carolina. The BECU People Helping People Awards were formed to recognize and honor our members and the nonprofit organizations they support.
Each year we donate $100,000 to local nonprofits.
BECU Foundation's – Scholarship Program
Each year, the BECU Foundation awards $3,000 scholarships to graduating high school or undergraduate BECU students actively involved in the community. Scholarships are awarded based on an emphasis on community involvement, academic achievement and leadership potential.
The BECU Foundation is a charitable, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) private foundation established in 1995. The foundation was borne of members' recommendations. We award a minimum of 27 scholarships annually, recently we have awarded 80 scholarships to deserving students with tuition.