Each year, SVP Fast Pitch is honored to partner with companies that are committed to driving real change in the communities where they live and serve. BECU is our next installment in our Sponsor Spotlight series where we learn more about their commitment to supporting entrepreneurship, financial health and building community.
Sara Moorehead, VP Co-Operative Affairs, gives us a glimpse into where giving priorities reside for BECU and why they have chosen to support SVP Fast Pitch since 2015!
SVP: Why does BECU choose to support programs such as SVP Fast Pitch?
Sara: As a cooperative, BECU brings people together to improve the financial well-being of our members and their communities. SVP does a similar thing with Fast Pitch. SVP Fast Pitch is all about bringing people together to amplify ideas that improve our communities. Entrepreneurs are vital to the health and growth of the Pacific Northwest, and we’re so inspired by those involved with SVP Fast Pitch. And so inspired by the community-building that SVP does with programs like Fast Pitch.
SVP: How does BECU view its role in giving back and supporting local communities?
Sara: Credit unions – not-for-profit financial cooperatives – were created to serve members and communities. In 2017, BECU donated $5.4 million to our community through giving and community programs. Our focus areas include:
- Financial health: For example, our recent Annual Day of Service, we take 8,000 high school kids through experiential budgeting simulations to teach the basics of managing money – all in one day.
- Member-inspired giving: Executed through our BECU Scholarships and our People Helping People Awards.
- Employee-inspired giving: As illustrated through our policies to give paid time off to volunteer, employee gift match and more.
SVP: What about the 2018 Fast Pitch program are you most excited about?
Sara: The creativity of the pitches, combined with the careful and collaborative preparation, means Fast Pitch is always a fascinating evening of inspiration and learning!
To learn more about the company, visit becu.org.
Join SVP and the BECU team Saturday, November 10th for our Final Showdown event! Tickets Available