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People Helping People Awards

This member-driven 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.

Supporting Local Nonprofits You Believe In

At BECU, we support the nonprofits that you, our members, care about. The voice of our member is more important than ever in helping us determine where to direct our dollars and resources. 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 nonprofits BECU supports with our philanthropic dollars. 

Each year, our People Helping People Awards program recognizes local nonprofits that our members care about and support. Members nominate local organizations to receive a grant of up to $50K. Finalists are selected among the applicants and the community votes to determine the People's Choice Award recipient.

Our 2020 nomination period has closed. Organizations selected as semi-finalists will be contacted by July 13 with an invitation to complete an application form to supplement the nomination submitted by the member. All semi-finalist member nominations and nonprofit applications will be reviewed by a committee of BECU employees in August. All applicants will receive notification of their finalist status by August 31.

2020 Key Dates

BECU Member Nominations: June 15 - July 5

Semi-finalists Selected & Notified: July 13

Nonprofit Applications: July 13 - August 2

Finalists Selected & All Applicants Notified Late August 31

Voting for People's Choice Award: November 16 - 29

Final Awards & Amounts Announced: December (exact date TBD)

About the Awards Process

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 registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit
  2. Organizations must have a direct impact in BECU's service areas:
    • Washington State
    • County of Charleston, South Carolina
    • Oregon Counties: Lane, Linn, Marion, Clackamas, Washington, Benton, Columbia, Multnomah, Polk, Yamhill
    • Idaho Counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Shoshone 
  3. The organization's work must be focused in any one of the seven giving areas.

Giving Areas and Subcategories

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

Official Rules

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

View recipients from past years

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