With help from a Facebook fundraising app designed by onlinecause marketing solutions company CafeGive Social, Patelco Credit Union said it raised $6,535 for American RedCross' Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.


Vowing to match donors' contributions up to $5,000, the $3.9billion, Pleasanton, Calif.-based credit union raised its totalstorm relief donation amount to $11,535, Patelco said.


Additionally, in November and December 2012, Patelco sold $1 snowmen as part of a campaign to raise moneyfor CU4Kids and the Children's Miracle Network.


Through nearly 7,000 member and employee donations ranging from$1 to $2,386, the credit union raised a total of $30,792. The fundswill go directly to programs at the UC Davis Children's Hospital inSacramento, Calif. and the Children's Hospital and Research Centerin Oakland, Calif.


“We are very excited about the amount of money we raised and wecouldn't have done this without the hard work of our employees anddonations from both employees and members,” said Ken Burns,president/CEO for Patelco. “Here at Patelco, we pride ourselves onour commitment to improving our surrounding communities and thisdonation drive was a way to give back.”

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.