Credit Unions for Kids is one of the Northwest legacies we’re most proud of. The credit union movement’s “charity of choice” was born in 1986 when a group of Northwest credit unions began raising money for sick children. Their idea was adopted nationally in 1996. Today, Credit Unions for Kids is the third largest fundraiser for the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and has raised more than $150 million for the kids.
Thank You From the Children's Miracle Network
Northwest Credit Unions Raise $241,000 for Children’s Hospitals
A sold out crowd of Northwest credit union professionals, business partners, and advocates were transported 90 years back in history for the Roaring 20s Gala and Auction, benefiting Credit Unions for Kids. When the feathers were done flying, they had raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the lifesaving work of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
“The generosity in the room last night would put Gatsby to shame," said Jamie Dedmon, former Managing Director of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation. "I am so grateful to all the people, credit unions, and businesses who made the auction such a great success. It’s an honor to be part of a community as caring and giving as the credit unions of Oregon and Washington.”
Following a silent auction complete with a speakeasy photo booth, Emcee Jenny Hansson of KOIN 6 and Auctioneer Chris Leach led a high-energy night of aggressive bidding and heartwarming generosity. The credit union community, gathered in Portland for the NWCUA Amplify Convention, were dressed in their gangster suits and flapper dresses.
The heart of the event came just before the live auction, when 16-year-old Tim Haarmann and his parents and sister were invited onto the auction stage. Two years ago Tim was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia after a bruise from a baseball pitch refused to heal.
Tim told the story of his diagnosis and treatment at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. He shared how he began walking around “10 South,” the cancer floor at the Hospital, in order to build and maintain strength, and how he set a goal to walk a whole marathon before being released, completing it just days before going home.
Tim’s mom Susan then spoke about the trials of seeing her son undergo cancer treatment. With tears in her eyes she said, “They are truly amazing caretakers at Doernbecher.”
But the kicker was this: the weekend before the auction, less than two years after finishing his cancer treatment, Tim ran the Portland Marathon together with one of his Doernbecher doctors.
About the Program
Credit Unions for Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues and associations, and business partners from across the country, engaged in fundraising activities to benefit 170 Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals.
Every single dollar donated by members of the credit union movement stays local. That means that 100 percent of donations go back to the CMN Hospital that serves your community, your members. CMN Hospitals treat millions of children every year.
Take a look at our infographic to learn more about how these efforts help sick kids—get better.
What happens when credit unions donate money and time to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals? They put smiles on faces like these.View Champion Stories
Visit our resources page for fundraising tips and ideas, media tips, donation information, and more.Visit Page
Credit unions say “yes” to the children who need them. We fund research, support medical teams responsible for breakthroughs and raise funds for supplies and equipment our kids needs. We’re there for them; we’re there for their families.
Credit Unions for Kids is a Northwest legacy. When credit unions and their business partners get together, there's almost no limit to what they can do to make sick children's dreams come true. What happened at the 2013 Boardwalk of Miracles auction was nothing short of magic—watch Elijah's story.
Nathan O’Dell gave Credit Unions for Kids a gift in 2012, when he served as the Ambassador child for the NWCUA’s Credit Unions for Kids Auction, resulting in fundraising of over $75,000 in a single night. Nathan has Fragile X Syndrome. We checked in with him in early 2014, and found he’s growing fast and making strides thanks to a lot of family support and expert help from Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Seattle Children’s is one of the hospitals Credit Unions for Kids is proud to support. Credit union volunteers staff phone banks for KOMO TV’s annual fundraiser. This Public Service Announcement celebrates their work for the kids.
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Credit unions have found some great ways to raise money for Credit Unions for Kids. It might be a bake sale, a “jeans day” or a collection in your lobby. Or, it might be a big event that brings the entire community together, such as a motorcycle road rally, an elegant lunch or a river cruise. Find ideas here from people with the knowhow!
Visit this page for a list of upcoming fundraising events taking place in the Northwest.
Visit this page for information and photos of recent fundraising events that took place in the Northwest.Visit Page
To find out about who serves on the advisory board, see fundraising goals, and credit unions within the hospital region click on the map below or use the text links to the left.