San Mateo Credit Union President/CEO Wade Painter (left) and San Mateo County (Calif.) Supervisor Dave Pine (right) facilitate a $1,085 donation from 13-year-old philanthropist Olivia Sze (center). The $1.3 billion, Redwood City, Calif.-based SMCU recently partnered with county program San Mateo County Strong to administer grants for COVID-19 relief efforts. SMCU accepted Sze’s donation to SMC Strong at the credit union’s San Mateo branch, adding a $500 donation of its own. Motivated by what she witnessed daily on the news, Sze raised the money to help her community through her Hidden Treasures Fundraiser.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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