Capitola, CA – January 25, 2016 – Bay Federal Credit Union facilitated fundraising in the amount of $68,534 in member and employee donations in 2015, and the Credit Union continued its trend of 100% participation in community support from employees for the fourteenth consecutive year.
President and CEO Carrie Birkhofer founded the Credit Union’s thriving community support program, challenging employees to 100% participation in 2002 and creating a committee to oversee its philanthropic partnerships. Since then, she has watched a culture of giving back be embraced across the company.
“As a local credit union, it is incredibly important for us to give back,” Birkhofer said. “Many companies do not talk about success at an emotional level, but that is what sets us apart. We deliver service to our members, the community, and each other from the heart. In all of our actions, we seek to make a real difference in the community.”
Of the $68,534 raised, the vast majority of those funds stayed at the local level, and those that left the Central Coast went to worthy causes nationally and abroad, such as the American Cancer Society and Nepal earthquake relief.
About Bay Federal Credit Union
Bay Federal is a full-service, not-for-profit financial institution that serves more than 60,000 members and 1,000 local businesses throughout Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties. With more than $750 million in assets, Bay Federal Credit Union is the largest member-owned financial institution in Santa Cruz County, serving its members and the community since 1957. Since 2002, 100% of all employees have given their own money and volunteered for numerous local schools, nonprofit organizations, and community events.
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