In 2016, Anoka Hennepin Credit Union incorporated the SPIRIT Foundation.
The program supports extra-curricular programs at eight local high schools and other youth-focused organizations in the area.
“AHCU was inspired by our members to do more,” AHCU CEO Jeff Claussen said in a press release. “Ultimately, the mission of the AHCU SPIRIT Foundation will be to provide resources to high schools and community groups to help local kids pursue their dreams. We don’t want dreams or vital programs to end simply because they cost too much.”
Enterprise Car Sales presented the SPIRIT Foundation with its first contribution this spring, and additional money will continue to trickle in through the AHCU SPIRIT Checking program, which donates 5 percent of the swipe fee from eight debit cards featuring area schools’ logos. Further funds come in through checks also featuring schools’ logos.
Programs at Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Centennial, Champlin, Coon Rapids, Forest Lake and St. Francis high schools will be specifically supported, as will the Enitan Story, Hope 4 Youth, Bikes4Kids, Fiona’s Hope and the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau.
Anoka-Hennepin Superintendent David Law has a debit card that features all five of Anoka-Hennepin’s traditional high schools.
“It’s perfect for any parents in the community who have kids in our schools,” Law said. “Just by using the card with that logo, money goes back to a fund that will benefit that high school. …It’s a good partnership.”
The AHCU was formed by Anoka-Hennepin district staff in 1964, and today it serves a much larger membership of 17,000.
To start contributing to the Spirit Foundation, stop in to one of six AHCU branches – Anoka, Champlin, Circle Pines, Coon Rapids, Forest Lake or St. Francis – or visit www.ahcu.coop.