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People Helping People Awards

Our People Helping People Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional work within the communities we serve. We honor members and nonprofits that drive positive changes through service to others.

Our 2022 People Helping People Awards have been announced.  Watch the celebration here.

2022 People Helping People Award Recipients

Member Volunteer of the Year:

Shaun Glaze, who nominated The Silent Task Force 

By providing culturally specific education, trainings, and workshops to the community to meet them where they are, The Silent Task Force (TSTF) serves to heal the impact and effect of systemic, domestic violence that occurs historically and currently in black families and communities. TSTF works with youth and families with the intention of support, education, prevention and intervention.

People's Choice Award:

Whidbey Environmental Action Network

Whidbey Environmental Action Network's mission is to restore and preserve the native biological diversity of Whidbey Island and the Pacific Northwest. WEAN accomplishes this through education: by curating relevant articles for the website, through activation: by providing tools for effective participation, through preservation and restoration: by preventing ecosystem damage when possible and restoring ecosystems as necessary, and through litigation: by challenging anti-environmental laws and proposals.

Employees' Choice Award:

Empowering Youth & Families Outreach

Empowering Youth & Families Outreach's (EYFO) mission is to raise up resilient leaders who are empowered to achieve their dreams and contribute to a more just and humane world. A staple in the Black community, they believe in fiercely defending and protecting the childhoods of Black kids. Their multi-faceted programs are designed to provide hands-on support, putting each individual they serve on a trajectory to success.

Past Recipients' Choice Award:

Washington CASA Association

Washington CASA Association volunteers advocate for abused or neglected children. CASA's best-interest advocacy helps ensure children are safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. The CASA Program exists to recruit, train and support quality volunteer advocates so they can seamlessly fulfill their advocacy role.

Check back here in the spring to see the key dates for the 2023 PHPA program.

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

Member Volunteer of the Year Award: (1) $50,000
Selected by a panel of judges, the award is granted to a nonprofit organization on behalf of an outstanding member volunteer.

People's Choice Award: (1) $40,000
Selected by popular vote from the community, the award is granted to one nonprofit organization.

Employees' Choice Award: (1) $30,000
Selected by popular vote from BECU employees, the award is granted to one nonprofit organization.

Past PHPA Recipients' Choice: (1) $30,000
Selected by popular vote from past PHPA recipient nonprofits, the award is granted to one nonprofit organization.

Community Benefit Award: (14) $15,000 or more
Selected by a panel of judges, the awards are granted to fourteen nonprofit finalists that have been nominated by members.

BCDP Nonprofit Capacity Award:
As part of the Black Community Development Project, BECU is awarding up to $150,000 in grant funding to small, Black-led nonprofits that are trying to build capacity to deepen their work in the community.

In addition to the above listed award amounts, all PHPA recipients will receive a glide path grant of $2,500 for the two years following their initial award (glide path funding does not apply to BCDP grant recipients).

You may nominate any nonprofit organization you support with your time, talents or money. Nonprofits must also meet the following requirements:

  • Active 501(c)(3) tax exempt status with the IRS.
  • Must have a direct impact in one of the following areas:
    • Washington state
    • County of Charleston, South Carolina
    • Oregon Counties: Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Deschutes, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, Yamhill
    • Idaho Counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Shoshone
  • Nonprofit work must be focused in any one of the following seven giving areas:
    • Advancing education (Pre-K through college): Access to education, mentoring, educational materials and programming, classroom, school and PTSA funding for educational programs/materials/experiences.
    • Arts and culture: Equitable access to art experiences, underrepresented art and cultural organizations, cultural programs.
    • Creating economic opportunity: Living-wage jobs, small and startup businesses, job quality for low-wage workers.
    • Preserving health and promoting wellness: Access to healthcare, illness prevention/cure, mental health, patient support, disabilities, veteran advocacy.
    • Preserving or restoring the environment: Conservation, stewardship, sustainability.
    • Providing for basic human needs: Affordable housing, homelessness, senior advocacy, infant and child advocacy, food/diaper/clothing banks.
    • Strengthening local communities: Neighborhoods, public safety, search and rescue, outdoor spaces, rotary/chamber.

If you need help starting your application, take a look at some winning nominations from previous years (PDF). You may also find answers to frequently asked questions in our FAQ section.


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