Aligned with the shared principle of coming together to give back to their communities, credit unions across the state collectively participate in the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. This signature social responsibility campaign is the largest, non-hunger organization-based philanthropic fundraising effort to end hunger in our state.
Since the program’s inception in 1990, Maine credit unions have raised over $9.4M to help end hunger. Each year, our network sets a new fundraising record, and 2019 was no different with $832,333 raised. The amount includes over $20,000 in food donations.
Funding comes from four sources:
- Credit Unions: Dollars raised by individual credit unions through fundraising activities such as payroll deduction, raffles, and events;
- Chapters: Dollars raised by chapters from golf outings, auctions, and other activities;
- MECUL/Synergent: Dollars raised by MECUL/Synergent from the annual golf tournament, auctions, and other activities; and
- Other: Dollars raised primarily from vendors.
The Campaign’s distributions are allocated to three primary categories: local food pantries, schools, and Good Shepherd Food Bank. 9% of the funds distributed from the Campaign in 2019 went directly to Good Shepherd Food Bank’s new Hampden Distribution Center and its Emergency Response Fund.
While the League provides all the back office support and management for the Campaign, it is a separate organization and falls under IRS rules for a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. This includes the requirement of securing W-9s from supported organizations and ensuring an appropriate accounting of all contributions and distributions to the Campaign.