People Helping People

People Helping People Awards

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 and have selected 18 finalists. Our 2018 awards have closed. Nominations for 2019 will be accepted mid-late summer. Check back for more details.

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, as 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.

2019 nomination period: 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 nonprofit organization on behalf of an outstanding member volunteer. 

People's Choice Award: (1) $40,000

Selected by popular vote of the community, the award is granted to one nonprofit finalist. 

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

Selected by popular vote from BECU employees, the award is granted to one nonprofit organization. 

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

Selected by popular vote from past PHPA recipients, the award is granted to one nonprofit organization. 

Community Benefit Award: (14) $15,000

Selected by a panel of judges, the awards are granted to fourteen nonprofit finalists that have been nominated by members. 

In addition, beginning this year, all award recipients will receive a grant of $2,500 for the two years following their initial award.

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:

People Helping People Seven Areas of Giving

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

Tips & Sample Responses
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 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.

View our list of all our past recipients


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