A+ Federal Credit Union (A+FCU) has been recognized as the winner of the Austin Gives Generous Business Award in the Large Organization Category (151-500 employees).
“It’s an honor to be recognized as a winner for the Austin Gives Generous Business Awards,” Eric R. Kase, A+FCU President and CEO, said. “Last year was a record-setting year for us in giveback as we celebrated our 70th anniversary. We look forward to continuing these traditions for years to come.”
The Austin Gives program, through the Austin Chamber of Commerce, recognizes businesses that have pledged one percent or more of pre-tax earnings, such as volunteer time, services, and financial contributions, to the local community. Nominees were separated into four categories based on company size.
“For us, giving back as an organization works in three ways,” Kase said. “We focus on our members, our employees, and the community. The three of those combined work so well together and make us who we are.”
A+FCU’s winning award submission included the A+ Gives program and their various financial education programs. A+ Gives was created in 2019 for the credit union’s 70th Anniversary to show appreciation for the communities served. This included 82 different days of scheduled acts of kindness throughout the year, over $61,000 donated, and over 700 hours volunteered by employees.
In 2019, the financial education programs reached 15,075 youth and adults through 318 events. A+FCU employees presented to classrooms, hosted financial simulations and adult workshops, ran seven Mad City Money simulations at local middle schools for 2,105 students, and helped 110 Boy Scouts receive their Personal Management Merit Badge.
“When we’re out doing great things in the community, our employees feel better about who they work for and themselves,” Kase said. “There is a positive impact to the organization and our employees through us building stronger communities.”