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Alliant Credit Union Foundation Donates $200,000 in 2013 Fiscal Year

September 17, 2013 | Alliant Credit Union

Alliant Credit Union Foundation Donates $200,000 in 2013 Fiscal Year

The Alliant Credit Union Foundation donated approximately $200,000 to charitable causes during its recently completed Fiscal Year 2013, announced Foundation Chairman and Alliant Credit Union President & CEO Dave Mooney.

The Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit charitable organization, has a meaningful mission, according to Foundation Vice President Wayne Rosenwinkel: “We promote economic empowerment and self-sufficiency, especially in the communities where Alliant Credit Union members and employees live and work.”

During fiscal year 2013, Alliant’s Foundation awarded grants ranging from $500 to $30,000 to a variety of causes, including those summarized below:

Operation HOPE — Alliant’s Foundation aids Operation Hope through Foundation grants, and Alliant employees volunteer to teach its Banking on our Future financial literacy program. This spring, U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky attended an Alliant-taught class at Algonquin Middle School in Des Plaines, Illinois. "Students with access to financial literacy classes through programs such as Banking on Our Future are provided an excellent opportunity that helps prepare them for financial success in life," said Schakowsky.

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U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (Illinois' 9th Congressional District) attends a Checking and Savings Accounts class at Algonquin Middle School in Des Plaines, IL. The class is part of a 4-course Banking on Our Future financial literacy curriculum developed by Operation HOPE, Inc., and taught to 8th grade students by Alliant employee volunteers.

Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation — Through an online employment mentoring platform developed with a grant from the Alliant Credit Union Foundation, BPW’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® provides free financial education and job counseling to U.S. women veterans and military spouses.

Hadley School for the Blind — The Foundation continues to support the Forsythe Center for Entrepreneurship at Hadley.

Foster Care to Success — Alliant’s Foundation provided grants to the Foster Care to Success program, which provides educational guidance, financial aid and other help to youths aging out of foster care.

Prescott Elementary School, Chicago — The Foundation provided school supplies for Prescott’s students and reading books for its Family Book Program.

United Airlines Foundation — The Alliant Credit Union Foundation donated funds for United’s annual North Pole Fantasy Flight holiday festivities for seriously ill children at airports nationwide.

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Alliant Los Angeles employees help out at the LAX Fantasy Flight. (Left to Right) Matthew McMillon, Scherrell Stephens, Branch Manager Kia Herd, Ana Munoz and Marcos Magana

Special Olympics — This year-round program of sports training and athletic competition transforms its athletes’ lives through the joy of sport. The Foundation is proud to support it by donating to the annual Plane Pull for Special Olympics via payment of Alliant employee registration fees.
 
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Alliant volunteers pull a 99-ton cargo jet toward the finish line at the Plane Pull for Special Olympics, held at O’Hare Airport.

Multiple Sclerosis Society — The National Multiple Sclerosis Society was the beneficiary of a grant from Alliant’s Foundation and was the recipient of all funds raised at Alliant’s seventh annual employee volleyball tournament held in July of last year. Nearly $11,000 was donated to the MS Society through this event.

Salvation Army — Alliant’s Foundation supported a Salvation Army “holiday giving tree’ program to bring happy holidays to underprivileged children.

March of Dimes — The Foundation provided a matching grant for all funds raised by employees participating in the annual Blue Jeans for Babies Day, during which participating employees wore jeans to work in exchange for a donation to the March of Dimes.

Bears Care (Chicago Bears charity) — Alliant’s Foundation made a grant to Bears Care matching the amount raised by employees at Alliant’s annual Super Bowl Chili Day. Bears Care received nearly $6,500 from this event.

Bob Panzino Golf Tournament — The Alliant Credit Union Foundation continued its annual support of the Bob Panzino Memorial Golf Outing, benefiting the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon — The Foundation provided a sponsorship grant to support the city’s biggest day of the year for community service. The mid June event brought together hundreds of organizations and thousands of volunteers for paint up/fix up of local schools, community service centers, etc.

Many Foundation beneficiaries are selected based on recommendations of Alliant employees, whose lives and families have been affected by the causes that these organizations support. The Foundation also has a Matching Donations Program, which matches individual Alliant Credit Union employee charitable donations up to $200 per year.

“We are proud that our Foundation can provide support to charitable organizations, schools and other worthy causes, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve,” Mr. Mooney added. 

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About Alliant Credit Union
Alliant Credit Union, founded in 1935, is an independently operated financial cooperative serving over 140 employee groups and organizations with more than 275,000 members and over $8 billion in assets, making it the largest credit union in Illinois, and the sixth largest in the nation, based on assets and deposits. As a member-owned financial institution, Alliant exists to foster members’ financial well-being and to serve their best interests. With Branches in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles San Francisco and Oakland, CA, Newark, NJ, Tempe, AZ and the Washington, DC area, Alliant is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois at 11545 W. Touhy Avenue. As an Illinois-chartered credit union, Alliant is under the supervision of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Alliant is an equal housing opportunity lender and federally insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, which is administered by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an independent agency of the U.S. Government. Learn more about Alliant online at www.alliantcreditunion.org.

About Alliant Credit Union Foundation
Alliant Credit Union Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit charitable organization established in 2009 via a $4 million grant from Alliant Credit Union. The Foundation and credit union are both headquartered in Chicago near O’Hare International Airport at 11545 W. Touhy Avenue. The foundation’s purpose is to promote economic empowerment and self-sufficiency, especially for people in the communities in which Alliant Credit Union members and employees live and work. One way it does this is by supporting programs that enhance education and financial literacy. The foundation makes charitable contributions, supports financial literacy activities and makes investments to fund community development projects. The foundation, a legal entity separate from the credit union, is managed by a board of directors comprised of Alliant employees. For additional information, visit www.alliantcreditunionfoundation.org or call toll- free at 800.328.1935, ext.8635.

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