This annual awards program brings BECU’s principle of people helping people to life – recognizing and honoring both members and organizations that devote their time to helping others. We received over 600 nominations from BECU members and selected 18 finalists. Now, we're excited to announce the 2018 recipients.
Supporting Local Nonprofits You Believe In
At BECU, we support the nonprofits that you, our members, care about. As a not-for-profit credit union, supporting our communities is in our DNA. That's why we created the BECU People Helping People Awards. It's a way for members to help decide some of the local nonprofits BECU supports.
Every year, we ask our members to nominate local organizations. The community then votes to determine the winner of the People's Choice Award. It's a way for us to recognize and honor both members and organizations in our communities that exemplify one of the most important principles BECU was founded on: helping others.
2018 Final Recipients
Member Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient: $50,000Rain City Rock Camp for Girls
Rain City Rock Camp empowers girls, women, and gender non-conforming individuals to engage their creative potential through music, champion equity, and thrive in a community of allies and activists.
People's Choice Award Recipient: $40 ,000
Reading Partners places community volunteers in low-income schools to help kids master basic reading skills. Their one-on-one tutoring model empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by providing individualized, personal attention to each student.
Employees' Choice Award Recipient: $30,000Brigadoon Service Dogs
Brigadoon Service Dogs provides service dogs for veterans, other adults, and children with physical, developmental, and behavioral health disabilities, to promote a more independent and enriched life.
Past PHPA Recipient Choice Winner Recipient: $30,000White Center Food Bank
The White Center Food Bank's mission is to minimize hunger while nourishing community, nurturing self-reliance, and embracing our rich cultural diversity.
Community Benefit Award Recipients: $15,000
Arlington Kids' Kloset
Capitol Hill Housing
Cares of Washington
The Dance School
Good Foot Arts Collective
Mini Mart City Park
Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank
Seattle Repertory Theater
Snoqualmie Valley Community Network
Victim Support Services
People Helping People Community
The local nonprofits who have previously received these awards are an impressive group. Together, they create a community that can work together in new and exciting ways. It's amazing what good comes out of a community of committed and like-minded philanthropists! We encourage you to check out each organization and consider how you may be able to support them in their work.
Nominating a Nonprofit
Our nomination period for 2018 has closed.
BECU members may nominate any nonprofit organization they support with their time, talents or money that meets the following criteria:
1. Organizations must be currently active and a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit
2. Organizations must have a direct impact in one of the following counties:
- Select Washington state counties – King, Skagit, Pierce, Thurston, Snohomish, Spokane, Island and Kitsap
- County of Charleston, South Carolina
3. The organization's work must be focused in any one of the seven giving areas and their respective subcategories: