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 $13.5 million. Each year, our network works hard to raise critical funds to get food into the hands of Mainers in need. In 2023 alone, credit unions contributed $1,221,868.94 to combat hunger. The amount includes food donations and contributions made by credit unions directly to hunger-relief organizations.
Funding comes from four sources:
- Credit Unions: Dollars raised by individual credit unions through fundraising activities such as payroll deduction, matching campaigns, raffles, sweepstakes, and events.
- Credit Union Chapters: Dollars raised by Maine’s eight credit union chapters from golf outings, auctions, and other activities.
- Maine Credit Union League/Synergent: Dollars raised by the Maine Credit Union League/Synergent from golf tournaments, auctions, and other activities.
- Other: Dollars raised from corporations (both in and outside Maine), individuals, vendors, and others that share our commitment to ending hunger.
The Campaign’s distributions are allocated to four primary categories: local food pantries, meal sites, schools, and Good Shepherd Food Bank.
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.