Advantis Credit Union Awards $50,000 in Grants to Serve At-Risk Youth, Seniors and Animals

Advantis Credit Union tapped the power of the social network to invite the public to vote on 14 GROW Community Fund semi-finalist nonprofits that promise long-term benefits to the community. 40,000 votes later the 3rd annual Advantis GROW Community Fund will award $50,000 to the following six grants:

  • Growing Gardens, $10,000 to purchase tools to benefit over 800 children in the Garden Tools for Schools program.
  • Boys and Girls Aid, $5,500 to buy beds for the bedrooms of 175 girls ages 10-18 in foster care at the Seneca House.
  • David’s Harp, $10,000 to purchase a commercial oven for the community kitchen serving low and no income adults with mental illnesses.
  • DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, $9,500 to purchase surgical equipment to reduce blood loss to save pets’ lives.
  • Impact NW, $10,000 to bring Communities for Safe Kids Initiative to Portland elementary school classrooms for child abuse prevention workshops.
  • Meals on Wheels, $5,000 to purchase new kitchen equipment to serve 500 meals a week to homebound seniors in SE Portland.

“Grow was designed to help our communities grow stronger, one project at a time,” said Wendy Edwards, Advantis’ vice president of marketing and human resources.  “Inviting the public to vote helps us understand the priorities of those who live and work in the communities we serve. We thank these incredible nonprofit organizations for their profound impact in the Portland area.”

Since 2011, Advantis’ GROW fund has contributed $150,000 to help small-and moderate-sized non-profits with grants of up to $10,000 for specific one-time capital expenses. Advantis Credit Union, with $1 billion in assets, is one of Oregon’s largest member-owned, not-for-profit, financial cooperatives with over 50,000 members and five branches in the Portland metro area.


Questions? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225,

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