Credit Unions for Kids Northwest Classic Invites all Credit Unions to Support Their Regional Children’s Hospital


The Credit Unions for Kids Northwest Classic is a family affair in the Credit Union Movement. Dozens of credit Unions join First Tech Federal Credit Union in sponsoring the event, which last year raised a record-shattering $1.4 billion for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

A rich tradition in fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals “tees off” July 15 at the “Credit Unions for Kids Northwest Classic” golf tournament. Originally founded by First Tech Federal Credit Union, the Classic has evolved into an opportunity for all credit unions – large and small – to sponsor and to see their contributions go directly to the CMN hospital in their region.

“Our Northwest credit unions take well-deserved pride in founding Credit Unions for Kids in 1986, and of the collective work the Credit Union Movement has done to get kids out of hospital beds and back out on the playground,” Greg Mitchell, President and CEO, said. “We often hear from sponsors and members outside our credit union community that it’s unique to see an industry come together and unite around a single cause. For that reason, a decision was made to rename this event, to better connect it with the Northwest credit union community and its commitment to the kids.”

First Tech responded to feedback from credit unions concerned about whether their contributions would directly benefit their local CMN hospital. This is an important tenet of the Credit Unions for Kids philosophy – that money raised by credit unions stays in their region.

“Absolutely,” said Monique Little, Chief People and Administrative Officer. “This is probably the most important feature of the Heritage Sponsorship. If a credit union purchases a Heritage Sponsorship, the tournament will not deduct expenses from that contribution, and will send 100 percent of their sponsorship to the to the hospital of their choice.”

Little added that all sponsoring credit unions will receive recognition, by name, when the funds are distributed to the hospitals.

“Northwest credit unions take collective pride in doing great things for the kids and their families. This particular event raised nearly $8 million for the kids since it was founded,” said Troy Stang, President and CEO, Northwest Credit Union Association. “The Classic brings the credit union community together for something very important to credit unions’ social responsibility mission.  It is inspiring to see credit unions own the proud history of collaborative success with Credit Unions for Kids.”

For a minimal investment of $1,000, a credit union with under $25,000 in assets, can obtain a Heritage Sponsorship and receive a package all other sponsors receive including:

The golf tournament is a highly anticipated annual event that allows credit union leaders to network, enjoy the world-class Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club course, and to mingle with celebrity athletes.

  • An invitation to the exclusive Credit Union CEO Roundtable July 15 featuring regional and national thought leaders;
  • Logo recognition in the tournament banner and program;
  • Recognition in the news release announcing the fundraising success;
  • Donation benefitting the CMN hospital of the sponsor’s choice, with full donor credit given, and the opportunity to participate in the check presentation;
  • One complimentary registration including tee prizes, range balls, and attendance at the 19thHole Awards Dinner; and
  • Attendance for two at the Celebrity Celebration Dinner at Stoller Vineyards on July 14.

“First Tech Federal Credit Union has done a great job making the Heritage Sponsorships affordable for small and medium sized credit unions,” said Larry Ellifritz, President and CEO of Portland-based Consolidated Community Credit Union. “This event has always been a leader in credit union fundraising for CMN hospitals, and it’s a real honor to be associated with all the volunteers and sponsors that make this possible.”

Advantis Credit Union in Portland is a long time Heritage Sponsor and has already signed on in support this year.

“Through its changes over the years, the Northwest Classic remains one of the premier events in the Northwest, if not in the country, benefitting Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and many others in the CMN network,” said Bob Corwin, President and CEO.

The golf tournament is a highly anticipated annual event that allows credit union leaders to network, enjoy the world class Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club course, and to mingle with celebrity athletes including baseball, football, and basketball greats.

“We will continue the fun tradition of having celebrities onsite, but we also learned from our co-sponsoring credit unions and business partners, that they’d appreciate an opportunity to have high-level dialogue about challenges in the financial services industry,” Little said. “This will be the second year in which we’ve added a CEO Roundtable Breakfast to the agenda.

Last year, CUNA President and CEO Jim Nussle facilitated the Roundtable and attendees had high praise for the breakfast. This year, Greg Michlig, CUNA’s Chief Engagement Officer, will be the lead facilitator.

Many Northwest credit unions help sponsor the tournament each year.

Last year’s Credit Unions for Kids Northwest Classic raised $1.42 million for CMN Hospitals. The impact of collective fundraising is impressive. According to Credit Unions for Kids, contributions of $1 to $2 million would fund a helicopter used to transport children to hospitals for lifesaving treatment, and $300,000 funds an ambulance. An “all-in-one care unit” neonatal bed could be purchased for $48,000. Chemotherapy sessions, heart monitors, blood pressure monitoring technology, and preemie diapers are other critical needs Credit Unions for Kids supports, along with research to cure childhood diseases.

“When you think about all that $1.4 million or more could do for children’s hospitals, it really demonstrates the power of credit unions, and our collective giving,” said Mitchell.

More on sponsorship opportunities can be found here, or by emailing

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