BECU’s 10th Annual People Helping People Awards Program Grants $525,000 to Member-Nominated Nonprofits

SEATTLE (Dec. 8, 2023) – After receiving nearly 900 nominations, last night BECU honored nonprofit organizations and BECU members at its annual People Helping People Awards. For the first time in three years, the celebration was held in-person and recognized the positive impact of more than 30 nonprofits in BECU’s service areas.

“As a cooperative, BECU is committed to increasing the financial well-being of our members and giving back to the communities where they live, work and play,” said Beverly Anderson, BECU’s president and chief executive officer. “These member and employee-nominated organizations go above and beyond to create meaningful change in our communities and provide equitable solutions to essential issues such as education, hunger, accessibility and inclusivity.”

BECU’s 2023 People Helping People Award recipients include:

Previous program recipients are encouraged to apply for People Helping People Collaboration Grants, which recognize a joint opportunity for two or more organizations to collaborate on a project.

The following five collaborations each received $15,000 in Collaboration Grants this year:

  • Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest (AIDNW) and Tacoma Refugee Choir will partner on projects that help immigrants in the community through collaborative events and service opportunities.
  • Bridge Disability Ministries and Northwest Access Fund will work to provide accessible financial assistance and technology, fostering greater independence and quality of life for people with disabilities.
  • RECLAIM (formerly University Beyond Bars) and Yoga Behind Bars will collaborate to ease the transition from incarceration to community life by empowering individuals to engage in healing and personal growth through embodiment practices.
  • Urban Artworks and Mini Mart City Park will extend their Georgetown Mural Apprentice Program, engaging youth participants who face barriers seeking art, education, and employment opportunities.
  • White Center Food Bank and The Silent Task Force will collaborate on the BIPOC Food Distribution Project, which focuses on increased access to healthy food within underserved and vulnerable communities.

In addition, all 2022 and 2023 award recipients will receive a glidepath grant of $2,500 for the two years following their initial award (note that glidepath funding does not apply to Black Community Development Project or Collaboration Grant recipients). Since the program launched in 2013, BECU has donated more than $4.1 million to over 145 local nonprofits.

About BECU 
BECU is federally insured by NCUA and an Equal Housing Opportunity Lender (Boeing Employees’ Credit Union NMLS ID 490518). With nearly 1.4 million members and $28.8 billion in assets, BECU is the largest not-for-profit credit union in Washington and one of the top four financial cooperatives in the country. As a member-owned credit union, BECU is focused on helping increase the financial well-being of its members and communities through great rates, few fees, community partnerships and financial education. The credit union currently operates 60 financial centers, including two in South Carolina. For more information, visit