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BECU People Helping People Awards: Nominate your favorite Innovator by April 5

Posted by Deborah Drake

BECU does a wonderful thing annually. It’s call the BECU People Helping People Awards.

As a not-for-profit credit union, supporting the community is in the BECU DNA. The BECU People Helping People Awards recognize and honor both members and organizations in communities in our service area. What past SVP Fast Pitch Innovator deserves a BECU People Helping People award? The time to nominate them is today.

Did you know that our very own Viva Farms who took the non-profit and audience award in 2011 won a $10,000 Community Benefits award when they were nominated for a BECU People Helping People Award?

Yes, they did.

Let me remind you about Viva Farms. The mission of Viva Farms is to train a new generation of sustainable farmers and to reconnect people with farms. The organization operates three main programs, GrowFood.org, Viva Farms and Slow Money Northwest. Learn more about Viva Farms and what they are up to five years since they first applied to Fast Pitch.

In a 2013 update on alumnae Viva Farms shared that:

Ethan Schaffer reports that the Fast Pitch “program helped us hone our message and get comfortable telling our story. I continue to come back to the core story we developed at Fast Pitch. Our mentors continue to be involved with and support Viva Farms two years later.”

“Fast Pitch was really the first thing that put us on the map,” continues Ethan  “The prize money was also a big boost at a critical time. As a small organization, the money made a significant impact in propelling us forward. We received follow on donations and support as well. Fast Pitch opened the door for us to take our small concept and expand it into a viable social venture.”

TODAY is the last day of the application period and an opportunity to highlight and support your favorite non-profit. We’ve had Innovators in the past five years that address many of the categories. So, let’s celebrate our favorite innovators all over again by nominating them for a BECU People Helping People Award between right now and tomorrow.

Nominations due by April 5, 2016.

Any BECU member can nominate one or more eligible member and/or non-profit(s) for a People Helping People Award during the nomination period. Are you a BECU Member or do you know one?

For your convenience, the following details and links are supplied:

The BECU People Helping People Awards are granted in the following categories:

Member Volunteer of the Year Award: (1) $30,000
Selected by a panel of judges, the award is granted to a non-profit organization on behalf of an outstanding member volunteer.

People’s Choice Award: (1) $20,000
Selected by popular vote on social media, the award is granted to one non-profit organization.

Employees’ Choice Award: (1) $20,000
Selected by popular vote from BECU employees, the award is granted to a non-profit organization.

Community Benefit Award: (10) $10,000
Selected by a panel of judges, the awards are granted to ten non-profit organizations that have been nominated by members.

Qualifying categories

Providing for basic human needs

  • Affordable Housing
  • Homelessness
  • Senior Advocacy
  • Infant/Child Advocacy
  • Food/Diaper/Clothing Banks

Preserving health and promoting wellness

  • Access to Healthcare
  • Illness Prevention/Cure
  • Mental Health
  • Patient Support
  • Disabilities
  • Veteran Advocacy

Preserving or restoring the environment

  • Conservation
  • Stewardship
  • Sustainability

Strengthening local communities

  • Neighborhoods
  • Public Safety
  • Search & Rescue
  • Outdoor Spaces
  • Rotary/Chamber

Advancing education (Pre-K through college)

  • Access to Education
  • Mentoring
  • Educational Materials & Programming

2016 Funding Cycle

  • March 1: Nomination applications available
  • April 5: Nominations close
  • April 12: Notifications will be sent to all applicants
  • April-May: Voting for the People’s Choice Award
  • May: Winners notified
  • June: Recipients’ awards banquet

As part of the nomination process, members create an account on the People Helping People Awards site.

Helpful links can be found here:

Submit your nomination today and then monitor the status.

P.S. And, if you know something wonderful about a past Innovator that we should feature, let us know. We are always happy share the latest and greatest good news about our Innovators. SVP Fast Pitch 2016 will be starting its season of applications, pitch clinics, and more before we know it. Stay tuned!