Connexus Cares2022-11-28T10:51:34-06:00

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2021 Connexus Cares Annual Impact Report Released

Last year, Connexus Cares donated over $2.5 million to philanthropic causes, gratefully using our resources to support organizations that are improving lives and benefiting communities nationwide. We’re proud to release our first Annual Impact Report, detailing the ways in which we allocated funds and time in order to give with purpose in 2021.

See the report

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Connexus Credit Union donates $125,000 to Feeding Our Communities with United Services (FOCUS)

Connexus Cares is proud to announce a $125,000 donation to the Feeding our Communities with United Services’ (FOCUS) building relocation project, a dollar-for-dollar campaign match of all donations made between May and August of 2021.

“The outpouring of support we’ve seen for FOCUS is truly inspirational, and Connexus Cares is thrilled to be able to match the full $125,000 in donations we challenged the community to raise for this great cause,” said Boyd Gustke, Connexus President & Chief Executive Officer.

FOCUS was established in 2020 when three local non-profits merged resources to address food insecurity in the South Wood County area of Wisconsin. Operating in a centralized location allows FOCUS to efficiently provide services such as warm meals and monthly food allotments to community members in need.

To read more about this donation, see the press release in our Media Center. You can also learn more about how FOCUS helps our communities.

By the numbers

Doing good adds up. Here is what we’ve given since the start of Connexus Cares.

Lifetime donation total to date


Hours volunteered


Organizations supported

10 Million+

Pounds of food provided by our donations

How our employees give back

Our employees are encouraged to volunteer their time, take part in fundraisers, and be a force for good in the community. Connexus Cares depends on and is humbled by their dedication and generosity.


We provide our employees with Volunteer Time Off (VTO) hours that they can use to support local non-profits. So far, our employees have volunteered nearly 3,000 hours to our communities.

Connexus employees volunteering time at a recent “Smack Hunger” event.
Connexus employees volunteering time at a recent “Smack Hunger” event.

Donation matching

Connexus offers a dollar-for-dollar employee donation match of up to $5,000 per employee, per year. This helps our employees maximize their give back in the ways that mean the most to them.

Connexus employees presenting a donation to their local United Way.
Connexus employees presenting a donation to their local United Way.

Getting involved

Our employees are involved with charitable organizations and events nationwide. Plus, they plan new ways to give back, like our “Season of Giving” Campaign.

CEO and President Boyd Gustke enjoyed a yard full of pink friends after “winning” our Flamingo Wars fundraiser.
CEO and President Boyd Gustke enjoyed a yard full of pink friends after “winning” our Flamingo Wars fundraiser.

Real stories, real impact

We donate resources so that charitable organizations can focus on doing the work that matters: providing meaningful services that improve lives and benefit our communities. Our goal is to help these organizations not only sustain their operations but grow them.

Watch this video to hear directly from several of the charities we’re fortunate to support.

Our community partners

Connexus Cares has provided resources, time, and funds to nearly 150 local and national charities. We prioritize support and funding to organizations that provide basic humanitarian needs (like food, shelter, and crisis services) and those that work with at-risk youth, seniors, and veterans.

  • 21 Roots Farm
  • Aging & Disability Resource Center of Portage County
  • Aging & Disability Resource Center of Wisconsin Rapids
  • Alexandra House
  • ALS Association
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American Legion Post 10
  • American Red Cross – North Central WI Chapter
  • Arts Council of South Wood County
  • Aspirus Health Foundation – Family House
  • Aspirus Hospice House
  • Aspirus Oktoberfest
  • Aspirus Riverview Foundation
  • Assumption Athletics
  • Avenues for Homeless Youth
  • Be the Match
  • Bethany House Services
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Northcentral Wisconsin
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New Hampshire
  • Blessings in a Backpack
  • Boy Scouts of America – Samoset Council
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area
  • Boys & Girls Club of Portage County
  • Boys & Girls Club of Wisconsin Rapids
  • Breast Cancer Family Foundation
  • Catholic Charities – Wausau Community Warming Shelter
  • CEAP Meals on Wheels
  • Central WI Cultural Center
  • Childcaring Inc.
  • Children’s Hospital and Clinics – Minnesota
  • Cincinnati Public Radio
  • City Gospel Mission
  • Community Center of Hope
  • Community Foundation
  • Compassion International
  • Cranberry Blossom Festival
  • Cross Roads House
  • CureSearch for Children’s Cancer
  • DAV
  • Dover Children’s Home
  • Dream Flight USA – STEM Shuttle
  • Evergreen Community Initiatives Warming Center
  • Every Meal
  • Fairfield Food Pantry
  • Faith in Action Marathon County
  • Family Crisis Center – Cap Services
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Fill A Backpack, Fill A Need
  • Food for the Hungry
  • Forrest Goetsch Memorial Run
  • Freestore Foodbank
  • Friends of Rapids Music
  • Gather
  • Gigi’s Playhouse
  • Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • Habitat for Humanity – Greater Cincinnati Area
  • Higher Ground Shelter – Catholic Charities
  • Honor Flight: Tri-State
  • Hope Hollow
  • Inner City Youth Opportunities
  • Interfaith Food Pantry
  • KATS House
  • Lighthouse Youth Services
  • Lincoln High School Athletics
  • LITE Foundation
  • Local Fire Disaster
  • MAC Home
  • Madi’s House Inc.
  • Marathon County Aging & Disability Resource Center
  • Marshfield Clinic Foundation – Children’s Miracle Network
  • Marshfield Girls Basketball Club
  • McKinley School Backpack Program
  • McMillan Library
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Mercy for Animals
  • Merrill Area United Way
  • Merrill Food Pantry
  • METAvivor
  • Monk Gardens Vandalism
  • My Friend’s Place Homeless Shelter
  • Never Forgotten Honor Flight
  • One Bead
  • Operation Bootstrap
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Pals Program
  • Patriot K-9 Partners
  • Performing Arts Foundation Inc.
  • Peyton’s Promise
  • Plautz Family Fire Fund
  • Rapids Family Backpacks Program
  • Riverkings Puck Logo Sponsorship
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Marshfield
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Upper Midwest
  • Rudolph Tractor Show
  • Wausau Salvation Army
  • Stevens Point Salvation Army
  • Second Harvest Heartland
  • Semper Fi & America’s Fund
  • Shared Blessings
  • ShelterHouse
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Sophie’s Angel Run
  • Special Olympics
  • St. Anne’s Place/Haven Housing
  • St. Francis – St. Joseph Catholic Worker House
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
  • Stevens Point Area YMCA
  • Stuff the Bus
  • The Family Center
  • The Food Group
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • The Lighthouse Youth & Family Services
  • The Neighborhood Table
  • The Neighbor’s Place
  • The Open Door of Marathon County
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati
  • The Women’s Community
  • Toward 1 Wisconsin
  • Toys for Tots
  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • United Way of the Greater Seacoast
  • United Way of Marathon County
  • United Way of Portage County
  • United Way of South Wood & Adams County
  • University of Wisconsin Foundation
  • UW Whitewater Foundation
  • VEAP
  • Vouchers for Veterans
  • Wausau Area Mobile Meals
  • Wausau Catholic Charities
  • Wausau Community Theatre
  • WILL Enterprises
  • Wisconsin Rapids Boys & Girls Club
  • Wisconsin Rapids Kiwanis Club
  • Wisconsin Rapids Optimist Club
  • Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings
  • Wisconsin Rapids Aquatic Park
  • Wisconsin Rapids Cultural Center
  • Wisconsin Rapids Lions Club Golf Outing
  • Wisconsin Rapids Sports Complex at Lincoln High School
  • Woodson YMCA
  • Worldbuilders
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Youth Link MN
  • YWCA