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People helping People awards

At BECU, we support the non-profits that you, our members, care about. This year we’re donating one cent¹ to the People Helping People awards every time a purchase is made with a BECU personal or business Debit Mastercard during August and September. When we all work together, our purchases can make a big difference. Our goal is to reach $500,000 to donate to our communities.

Funds Raised for People Helping People2

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People Helping People

Supporting Local Non-Profits You Believe In

We know our members are dedicated to their communities and spend hours each year volunteering for amazing organizations. So 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.

PHP $500k

If you support a local non-profit, we support you. Member-nominated non-profits can receive $15,000, $30,000 or $50,000 in donations through the BECU People Helping People Awards3.

Our nomination window is now closed. Finalists will be announced in early November and all nominators will receive communication by the end of October.

General Information

BECU members may 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. After the member nomination period is closed, all nominated non-profits will be contacted to complete their part of the nomination form during the month of September. 

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.

If you need help with your nomination, we have compiled some helpful resources including Frequently Asked Questions, Sample Nominations and Helpful Hints, as well as a video of our past awards.


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

2017 Funding Cycle

  • BECU Member nominations – August 1-31
  • Non-profit completion of nomination – September 6-30
  • Award Notifications –  By October 31
  • Public Voting for People's Choice Award – November 3-17

Award Categories

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 BEU 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 one time gift. 

People Helping People Community

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.

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
Hearth Homes
Pierce County AIDS Foundation 
Pike Market Childcare and Preschool
SCIDpda / Legacy House
Sumner Community Food Bank
Trout Unlimited: Bellevue/Issaquah Chapter

View our list of past recipients.

1From August 1 to September 30, 2017, for every transaction on your BECU Debit Mastercard when making a qualified purchase, BECU will make a one cent donation up to a maximum of $500,000 to the People Helping People Awards program. One cent donation applies to each qualified purchase transaction. Promotion ends on September 30, 2017, or when our maximum $500,000 donation goal is reached, whichever comes first. ATM transactions are not eligible. 

2The information shown is simulated to represent donations made to the People Helping People Awards program as a result of purchases using a BECU Debit Mastercard based upon past performance. Information shown will be reconciled on a weekly basis to represent actual donations throughout the course of the program. 

3If number of transactions processed between August & September, are less than the $290,000 award amounts, BECU will donate funds to cover minimum awards.