People helping People awards

At BECU, we support the non-profits that our members care about. We received over 230 nominations this year and have selected 18 recipients.

People Helping People

We Support Local Non-Profits You Believe In

Our members are dedicated to their communities and spend hours each year volunteering for amazing organizations- this year we received over 230 nominations with thousands of volunteer hours being recorded. We created the People Helping People Awards as a way for members to help decide which local non-profits BECU supports. Every year, we solicit nominations, ask members to vote, and then bring the non-profits together to celebrate. It's a way for us to recognize and support those who exemplify one of the most important values BECU was founded on: helping others.

We are excited to share our outstanding 2017 recipients. Our 2018 PHPA cycle will begin mid-summer. 

2017 Recipients

Member Volunteer of the Year Winner: Open Doors For Multicultural Families
People's Choice Award Winner:  First Washington 
Employees' Choice Award Winner:  Friends Of The Children - Seattle
Past PHPA Recipient Choice Award Winner: Outdoors For All Foundation 

Community Benefit Award Winners
Bike Works
EvergreenHealth Foundation 
Homestead Community Land Trust
Kal Academy 
Literacy Source 
Master Gardener Foundation Of Spokane County
Raven Rock Ranch
Rotary First Harvest
Scarlet Road
St. Stephen Housing Association
The Goodtimes Project
Turning Point Seattle
Urban ArtWorks
Yoga Behind Bars

Working together to get to $500,000

This year we donated one cent¹ to the People Helping People awards every time a purchase was made with a BECU personal or business Debit Mastercard during August and September. Working together, our purchases made a big difference- we reached our goal of $500,000 to donate to our communities.

PHP $500k

Nominate a local non-profit you believe in

BECU members nominate non-profit organizations which they support with their talents, time or donations. Organizations must be operating and having a direct impact in one of the following areas: 

  • Washington: Island, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane or Thurston counties 

  • South Carolina: Charleston county 

The organization's work must be focused in one of our five giving areas and their respective subcategories: 

  • Providing for basic human needs: Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Senior Advocacy, Infant/Child Advocacy, Food/Diaper/Clothing Banks

  • Preserving health and promoting wellness: Access to Healthcare,  Illness Prevention/Cure, Mental Health, Patient Support, Disabilities, Veteran Advocacy

  • Strengthening local communities: Neighborhoods, Public Safety, Search & Rescue, Outdoor Spaces, Rotary/Chamber

  • Advancing education (Pre-K through college): Access to Education, Mentoring, Educational Materials & Programming

  • Preserving or restoring the environment: Conservation, Stewardship, Sustainability

Our nomination process has two parts, one completed by the BECU member and the other completed by the non-profit. There is a voting period for members of the community to help select the recipient of the $30,000 People's Choice Award in November. All recipients will be revealed in early December. We are no longer accepting nominations for the 2017 awards.

Only BECU members may submit nominations. If you are not yet a member, you can join online. Please see the official rules for full details.

2018 Funding Cycle

  • Our 2018 nomination cycle will launch in mid-late summer.

The BECU People Helping People Awards are granted in the following categories: 

Member Volunteer of the Year Award: (1) $50,000

Selected by a panel of judges, the award is granted to a non-profit organization on behalf of an outstanding member volunteer. 

People's Choice Award: (1) $30,000

Selected by popular vote by the community, the award is granted to the one non-profit finalist. 

Employees' Choice Award: (1) $30,000

Selected by popular vote from BECU employees, the award is granted to a non-profit finalist. 

Past PHPA Recipient Choice: (1) $30,000

Selected by popular vote from past PHPA recipient non-profits, the award is granted to one non-profit finalist. 

Community Benefit Award: (minimum of 10) $15,000

Selected by a panel of judges, the awards are granted to a minimum of ten non-profit organizations that have been nominated by members. 

Any additional funds raised beyond $290,000 will be given as community benefit awards and/or donated to the past People Helping People recipients as a onetime gift.

The local non-profits who have received these awards are an impressive group. We are building a community of PHPA recipients who can work together making a difference in our communities. 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.

To learn more about this program, please view this video of our past awards.

2016 Recipients

Member Volunteer of the Year Winner: REACH
People's Choice Award Winner: Peak 7 Adventures
Employees' Choice Award Winner: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

Community Benefit Award Winners

Agape House
Friends of VA Puget Sound Fisher House
Hand in Hand
Pierce County AIDS Foundation 
Pike Market Childcare and Preschool
SCIDpda / Legacy House
Sumner Community Food Bank
Trout Unlimited: Bellevue/Issaquah Chapter

2015 Recipients

Member Volunteer of the Year Winner: Big-Brained Superheroes Club
People's Choice Award Winner: KentHOPE - Union Gospel Mission
Employees' Choice Award Winner: Victim Support Services

Community Benefit Award Winners

All Aboard Washington
Alzheimer's Association
Arlington Kids Kloset
Children's Institute for Learning Differences
Empower Mentoring Program
Freedom Project
Grow Food/Viva Farms
PCOS Awareness Association
Puget Sound Restoration Fund

2014 Recipients

Member Volunteer of the Year Winner: Vine Maple Place
People's Choice Award Winner: OARS - Outreach And Resource Services for Women Veterans

Community Benefit Award Winners

Assistance Leagure of Seattle
Citrine Health
City Fruit
Eastside Baby Corner
Friendship Adventures
Kent Firefighters Foundation
Northwest Urban Ministries
Plus One Foundation
Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition
Seattle Community Law Center
Soup Ladies
Transitional Resources
Washington Access Fund
Washington State Smile Partners
White Center Emergency Food Bank

2013 Recipients

Member Volunteer of the Year Winner: Real Escape from the Sex Trade
People's Choice Award Winner: The Goodtimes Project

Community Benefit Award Winners

Friends of the Children - King County
King County Explorer Search and Rescue
Magnuson Community Garden
National Federation of the Blind Washington
Outdoors For All
Sibling House
StandUp For Kids Seattle


Contact BECU Community Affairs, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m – 5 p.m: (206) 439-5910 or email

1From August 1 to September 30, 2017, for every transaction on your BECU Debit Mastercard when making a qualified purchase, BECU made a one cent donation up to the maximum of $500,000 to the People Helping People Awards program. One cent donation applied to each qualified purchase transaction. Promotion ended on September 30, 2017, or when our maximum $500,000 donation goal was reached, whichever came first. ATM transactions were not eligible.