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The Ascentra Credit Union Foundation, the charitable arm of the $530 million, Bettendorf, Iowa-based Ascentra Credit Union, contributed a three-year, $45,000 grant to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois to help fund the continuation of its Girl Scouts Community Outreach Series. ACUF has helped fund the program, which gives young girls in the underserved areas of Moline, Rock Island, Davenport and Muscatine, Iowa a chance to be a Girl Scout, since 2020. Pictured in the back row from left to right with attending Girl Scouts at Madison Elementary School in Davenport are Ascentra CFO Beth Grabin, Ascentra SVP and Chief Marketing Officer Jennifer Naeve, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois CEO Diane Nelson, Ascentra President/CEO Linda Andry and Girl Scouts Chief Development Officer Shelly Wells Cain.


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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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