Connexus Cares: 2020 Year in Review

2021-01-20T16:22:37-06:00Connexus News|

As a member-owned credit union, Connexus understands the importance of giving back to the communities we serve. We value philanthropy and have made it a core tenet of our organization.

Since its inception in December 2018, Connexus Cares has set lofty giving goals. In 2019, we donated $1,000,159, and our goal was to increase that amount in 2020.

Of course, the pandemic altered how we donated our time and support, as the health and safety of our employees and community became a primary focus. Despite those unique challenges, we are proud to announce that we donated $1,542,762.96 in 2020.

Keep reading for a more detailed breakdown of how we gave back.

The Connexus Cares 2020 Impact

Three people standing outdoors, presenting a check for $25,000 to The Neighbor's Place staff.

Since launching in December 2018, Connexus Cares has made significant contributions to various local organizations. In fact, we have given upwards of $2,528,570 to nearly 100 food pantries, shelters, and other charities throughout the communities we serve and nationwide.

In 2020, we directed a good portion of our giving toward food pantries, as food insecurity became more widespread during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also donated over $62,000 for COVID-19 relief purposes.

We provided the following financial support to local, regional, and national organizations and charities:

Food Pantries: $315,000

Homeless Shelters: $242,000

National Charities and Sponsorships, including Bullseye Legacy Committee: $493,205

Veteran’s Programs: $117,300

COVID Relief Funds: $62,500

We donated an aFive people standing outdoors in front of a green van. They are presenting a check from Connexus Cares to Peyton's Place. dditional $298,406 to other organizations, including programs for at-risk youth, senior services, and employee support programs.

For the 14th consecutive year, Connexus was a Presenting Sponsor for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event. Through the Connexus Invitational, employee contributions, virtual fundraisers, and a donation match by Connexus Cares, we exceeded our 2020 goal of $100,000 by raising $108,554.26. In fact, Connexus was #1 in the state for the fourth consecutive year, #1 in our seven-state region, and #11 nationally — out of 39,493 teams!

Looking Ahead

Connexus Cares recognizes that 2021 will present its own set of unique challenges and opportunities for providing support. Looking ahead, we already have big plans to grow our financial support of vital organizations, volunteer our time when we’re able to do so safely, and find even more ways to give back. The needs have never been greater, and Connexus is determined to continue making a positive impact.

Stay in the loop on our Connexus Cares page, and make sure you like our Facebook page for more updates about our goals for giving in 2021.


"With the pandemic, mill closing and the all-encompassing uncertainty many people have been experiencing this past year, the number of families experiencing food insecurities has gone up significantly. This has increased the burden on pantries like ours to stem the tide of hunger in our communities. Connexus Cares has been an amazing partner in this fight. So, on behalf of those whom we serve, thank you for your community support!"

Dale Davis

Sweps, WI

"Every Meal is sincerely grateful for the support that Connexus Credit Union provided to our mission of fighting child hunger this past year! We were incredibly fortunate to receive a $20,000 donation from Connexus Cares which directly supported our increase in food inventory so that we could provide nutritious meals to hundreds of thousands of Minnesota children increasingly facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Jonathan Turner

Every Meal, MN

"The $5,000.00 donation received from Connexus Credit Union provided 250 local Veterans with fresh, nutritious food directly from local farmers and growers at community farmers markets, increasing the revenue of local growers and keeping the money in the community. The Veterans get the fresh nutritious food, the farmers get the money and the money stays local. Vouchers for Veterans, Veterans, local farmers and growers, and the community are all grateful to Connexus Credit Union."

Jeanne Grover

Vouchers for Veterans, NH

"Thank you for your generous gift to the Aspirus Family House! Through your donation we will be able to keep our house open to provide a safe, affordable, and healing place to stay! Connexus truly makes the difference for us, and those we serve – we are extremely grateful! As our guests state it best: Thank you for being part of providing this ‘Home Away From Home!"

Tasha Stencil

Aspirus Family House, WI

A Closer Look at Our Giving

Learn more about Connexus Cares and how we donate both funds and time.

See Our Impact