First Tech Federal Credit Union Awards Nearly $300K in Innovation Grants to Northwest Nonprofits

The donations support the efforts of community partners working to address the urgent needs of individuals facing pandemic-related hardship.

12/15/2020

First Tech Federal Credit Union has awarded nearly $300,000 in grants to 30 nonprofits in Oregon and Washington, demonstrating its continuous commitment to the communities it serves. The credit union also donated to organizations in California.

“The need in our communities for food, shelter and safety is greater than ever, and our 2020 Innovation Grant partners are diligently working to provide these essential resources,” said First Tech Senior Director of Community Engagement, Nicole Frisch. “With these partnerships, we are able to make a positive impact in the communities we serve, and nurture the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and innovators.”

First Tech’s community partners are working to address the immediate and urgent needs caused by the pandemic, ensuring children and families have access to critical resources. With a strong commitment to equity and innovation, these partners are providing culturally centered programming and support to the most vulnerable communities across our footprint.   

Portland-based Oregon Food Bank Inc., received $75,000 to support the Emerge Stronger Systems Change Project, a year-round civic engagement effort.

“Hunger isn’t just a lone empty belly; it’s a community-wide symptom of systemic barriers to employment, housing, healthcare, and more,” shared Susannah Morgan, Oregon Food Bank CEO. “With strong community support like the First Tech Innovation Grant, we can remove these barriers and help end hunger in our communities — especially among people of color and others who disproportionately experience poverty here in Oregon.” 

Another Northwest organization that received critical funds is Hopelink in Redmond, Washington. Hopelink is a social services nonprofit agency that serves homeless and low-income families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities. First Tech’s $10,000 donation is helping provide tools and resources for impoverished families to find financial stability. 

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, families impacted by poverty have been extremely vulnerable to financial shocks threatening their education, employment, housing, and overall stability,” said Jeni Craswell, Vice President of Advancement and External Relations at Hopelink. “With this First Tech Innovation Grant, we will support people as they work toward financial stability, building a more resilient community one dollar at a time.”

The full list of nonprofit organizations that received grants from First Tech can be found here.

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