People Helping People

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. 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 values BECU was founded on: helping others.

Our nomination period has closed for 2019. Organizations selected as semifinalists will be contacted by May 3 with an invitation to complete part two of the application. All semifinalist member nominations and nonprofit applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges in late May. All nominators and organizations will receive an update of their finalist status by June 5.

How to Nominate a Nonprofit

BECU members may nominate any nonprofit organization they support with their time, talents or money and that meets the following criteria:

  1. Organizations must be currently in operation and have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS

  2. Organizations must have a direct impact in one of the following counties:

    • Washington State counties - Island, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, and Thurston

    • South Carolina - Charleston County

  3. The organization's work must be focused in any one of the seven giving areas and their respective subcategories:

    • 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

    • Strengthening local communities: Neighborhoods, public safety, search and rescue, outdoor spaces, rotary/chamber

    • Advancing education (Pre-K through college): Access to education, mentoring, educational materials and programming, classroom, school and PTSA funding for educational programs/materials/experiences

    • Providing for basic human needs: Affordable housing, homelessness, senior advocacy, infant and child advocacy, food/diaper/clothing banks

    • Preserving or restoring the environment: Conservation, stewardship, sustainability

    • Preserving health and promoting wellness: Access to healthcare, illness prevention/cure, mental health, patient support, disabilities, veteran advocacy

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 (.pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf)

Key Dates

BECU member nominations: April 1-23
Semifinalists selected: May 3
Nonprofit completion of nomination form: May 3-20
Finalist notification sent out: June 5
Voting for People's Choice Award: November 1-15

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 our list of all our past recipients (.pdf)


Contact BECU Community Affairs: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm at 206-439-5910, or feel free to email us.