STCU surprises local non-profits with checks on Giving Tuesday

SPOKANE, WA (December 1, 2017) — Six non-profit organizations that provide unique services to their communities were surprised Tuesday with checks from STCU. The checks were delivered by Tom Johnson, who will retire as STCU President and CEO on December 31, and Ezra Eckhardt, who will replace him. The organizations receiving gifts were:


  • Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, which provides a safe place for parents to bring their children when facing adversity, has outgrown its longtime location. STCU’s $20,000 donation will help with the nursery’s planned new space at 2230 E. Sprague.
  • Spokane Guilds’ School & Neuromuscular Center helps families and children with disabilities through a personalized, comprehensive program of assessment, therapy, education and support. STCU’s donation of $20,000 will go toward a capital campaign for a planned new facility in the University District.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center offers educational and social services inspired by Dr. King’s vision of equal treatment, respect, and accessibility for all people. STCU’s $20,000 donation covers 10 percent of the center’s capital campaign for a planned move to the East Central Community Center.

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  • CREATE Art Center is a non-profit organization creating opportunities for expression, enjoyment and appreciation of the arts and humanities. STCU donated $10,000 to improve the organization’s building.


  • Sandpoint Youth Center (also known as the Sandpoint Teen Center) provides programs for middle- and high-school students, helping build leadership qualities, interpersonal skills, and community awareness. STCU donated $10,000 to that cause.
  • Gizmo CDA Inc. is a makerspace that provides tools, technologies and mentors to help children and adults, with a goal of fostering creativity and confidence. STCU, which has featured Gizmo in its “Here for good” series, gave $25,000 toward Gizmo’s capital campaign to move to a new location at North Idaho College.

Tuesday’s deliveries are part of STCU’s Season of Giving. In addition, STCU donates to any qualifying non-profit where an employee has volunteered 12 or more hours ($25, or $50 for 20 hours or more). Those donations are made in the employee’s name.

Employees who are especially dedicated volunteers may also apply for additional end-of-year grants of up to $1,000 for the organizations they serve. The recipients are selected in December.

Despite the proven generosity of Inland Northwest residents, each of the organizations receiving checks has financial needs far exceeding STCU’s ability to give, as do many other non-profits serving communities throughout the region. STCU encourages our members, staff and fellow Inland Northwest residents to consider a supplemental donation during this season of giving.

About STCU

Founded by educators in 1934, STCU has been voted the region’s best credit union for 16 consecutive years by readers of the Inlander newspaper. The credit union’s 246,000 members live in all 50 states, accessing their accounts through a network of nearly 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide, and through online banking and the STCU mobile app. STCU employees enjoy a full suite of benefits, including a generous 401(k) match, health insurance, in-house leadership training, tuition reimbursement, paid time off for volunteerism, and more.  


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