People Helping People

People Helping People Awards

This annual awards program brings BECU’s principle of people helping people to life. Every year, it provides us the opportunity to recognize and honor both members and organizations that devote their time to helping others. This year, we received over 800 nominations from BECU members and selected 18 finalists. Now we’re excited to announce the 2019 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. We created the BECU People Helping People Awards, as a way for members to help decide some of the local nonprofits BECU supports.

2019 Final Recipients

Member Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient: $54,400

Raising Girls

Raising Girls' mission is to provide South Sound girls with care bags of personal items. Raising Girls aims to help ensure all girls feel pride in who they are, to be unique and to understand the power they have to be individuals who can make a difference.

People's Choice Award Recipient: $44,400

Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest

AIDNW's mission is to provide emotional support to immigrants in detention and, when they are released, to warmly welcome them and provide transitional support. They connect released immigrants to vital resources to they know they are valued and safe, and are on the path to live independent and productive lives.


Employees' Choice Award Recipient: $34,400

Harbor WildWatch

Harbor WildWatch's mission is to inspire stewardship of the Puget Sound, and greater Salish Sea, by providing equitable learning opportunities about the environment to the local community and beyond. With a variety of programs that serve youth, adults and families, their ultimate goal is to develop an eco-literate citizen base who make informed decisions to protect, restore, and conserve the marine environment for future generations.    


Past PHPA Recipients' Choice Recipient: $34,400

freedom education project

Freedom Education Project

Freedom Education Project Puget Sound provides a rigorous college program to incarcerated women, trans-identified and gender nonconforming people at the Washington Corrections Center for Women, and supports their pathways to higher education after release from prison.

Community Benefit Award Recipients: $19,400 

After-School All-Stars
Athletes for Kids
The Beyond Project
Bridge Disability Ministries
Camp Journey at Ross Point
Carolina Youth Development Center
Dress for Success
Freedom Project
Giving Back Packs Spokane
Mari's Place for the Arts
Mended Hearts Spokane
Northeast Youth Center
Parent Trust for Washington Children
Reboot Theatre Company

Get a better ideas of what a winning nomination looks like with these tips and sample responses below. Also, find answers to many of the questions you have have in our FAQs.

Tips and Sample Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Official Rules

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 like-minded philanthropists! We encourage you to check out each organization and consider how you may be able to support them in their work.

View our list of all past recipients (PDF)


Contact BECU Community Affairs: 206-439-5910, or email