YCUP PDX Event Raises More than $10,000 for United Negro College

The Young Credit Union Professionals of Portland (YCUP PDX) raised $10,680 for the United Negro College Fund during a virtual fundraising event May 12.

Founded in 1944, UNCF is an organization that funds scholarships for Black students and general scholarship funds for 37 private historically Black colleges and universities.

During the powerful event, four speakers from organizations across the country discussed the importance of supporting Black youth education initiatives, the differences in education for BIPOC students, as well as the role allies of other races play in effecting systemic change environmentally, socially, financially, and beyond.

The panelists included Reneé Sattiewhite, President and CEO of the African American Credit Union Coalition; Monica Sudduth, Vice President of the UNCF – Western Region; Joy Alise Davis, Executive Director at Imagine Black; and Aben Hill, Chief Lending Officer at Rivermark Community Credit Union.

“I can’t thank the Young Professionals enough for allowing me to participate on the panel with such interesting and brilliant speakers” said Sattiewhite. “The United Negro College Fund is near and dear to my heart and the AACUC is a big supporter. The work that UNCF is doing to assist young adults to obtain undergraduate degrees is commendable.”

Rivermark’s Aben Hill, who served as facilitator for the panel, said he believes both organizations and individuals must be “consciously willing” to take the necessary action to support racial equity and social justice — in the workplace, at home, and within the community.

Hill shared a quote that particularly resonates with him, spoken by Dr. Evelyn Carter, Managing Director at Los Angeles-based Paradigm, a diversity and inclusion strategy firm: “The most important thing to remember is that allyship is a verb, not a noun. You can’t simply ‘be’ an ally. You need to practice it. You need to use your identity and privilege to make change happen.”

The UNCF is profoundly grateful to YCUP PDX for hosting a “truly inspirational evening” and for their generous support, said Monica Sudduth.

“Your contributions will ensure students who are most at risk of discontinuing their college education receive the urgent financial assistance they need to realize their dream of earning a college degree,” she explained. “We look forward to building a partnership with the nation’s credit unions to help remove financial barriers and improve the financial health of underrepresented communities. On behalf of our student scholars and our historically Black colleges, many thanks to YCUP PDX!”

A variety of credit unions from across the region sponsored this event, including Rivermark Community, iQ, First Tech, Consolidated Community, Unitus, and Gesa. Michael Murdoch, President of YCUP PDX and Marketing manager at Wauna Credit Union, said he’s immensely grateful to all sponsors and contributors of the event.

“A commitment to real systemic transformation is a huge part of the credit union philosophy of ‘People Helping People.’ The value of our cooperative principles and their application throughout one another and throughout the world is tantamount to the positive change credit unions are capable of making,” he said.

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