Member Dollars Drive SECU’s Philanthropy
Since 2004, State Employees Credit Union members have been showing North Carolina residents the power of a dollar.
“A dollar donated by just one person may not make a difference but when you pool those dollars collectively as a cooperative, it’s pretty powerful what you’re able to accomplish. It’s the same concept of how credit unions work,” said Mark Twisdale, executive director of SECU Foundation, the member-driven charitable arm of the $23 billion SECU in Raleigh, N.C.
In addition to some $4 million in scholarships awarded annually, other projects this year alone have ranged from a commitment of $1 million to the Crystal Coast Hospice House campaign to build the first inpatient hospice facility in the Crystal Coast area, to opening the SECU Cancer Center at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C. , which will help further promote cancer research in western North Carolina thanks to a $5 million foundation grant.
The five-story SECU Cancer Center houses all outpatient cancer services in one location, and through an established partnership between Mission Cancer Program and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, provides cancer care for many western North Carolinians.